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Springy Dock Tricks

If you drag a file and hover over Dock icons, various useful things happen which are similar to Finder springing. If it's a window, the window un-minimizes from the Dock. If it's a stack, the corresponding folder in the Finder opens. If it's the Finder, it brings the Finder to the foreground and opens a window if one doesn't exist already. But the coolest (and most hidden) springing trick is if you hover over an application and press the Space bar, the application comes to the foreground. This is great for things like grabbing a file from somewhere to drop into a Mail composition window that's otherwise hidden. Grab the file you want, hover over the Mail icon, press the Space bar, and Mail comes to the front for you to drop the file into the compose window. Be sure that Spring-Loaded Folders and Windows is enabled in the Finder Preferences window.

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PCalc 4

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TLA Systems has released PCalc 4, rewritten from the ground up to resemble its iOS sibling. The latest version of the powerful Mac calculator includes a number of new features, such as the capability to show multiple lines on the display; a “ticker tape” option to show a history of recent calculations; editable user functions and conversions that sync to iOS and other Macs via iCloud; smart searching for conversions, constants, and functions; enhanced AppleScript support; and more. PCalc 4 requires OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion and is a free update for both Mac App Store users and those who purchased PCalc 3 from Kagi after 1 April 2013. It’s now being sold exclusively through the Mac App Store. ($9.99 new on the Mac App Store, free update)


 

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