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Open Files with Finder's App Switcher

Say you're in the Finder looking at a file and you want to open it with an application that's already running but which doesn't own that particular document. How? Switch to that app and choose File > Open? Too many steps. Choose Open With from the file's contextual menu? Takes too long, and the app might not be listed. Drag the file to the Dock and drop it onto the app's icon? The icon might be hard to find; worse, you might miss.

In Leopard there's a new solution: use the Command-Tab switcher. Yes, the Command-Tab switcher accepts drag-and-drop! The gesture required is a bit tricky. Start dragging the file in the Finder: move the file, but don't let up on the mouse button. With your other hand, press Command-Tab to summon the switcher, and don't let up on the Command key. Drag the file onto the application's icon in the switcher and let go of the mouse. (Now you can let go of the Command key too.) Extra tip: If you switch to the app beforehand, its icon in the Command-Tab switcher will be easy to find; it will be first (or second).

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Learn to Podcast with “Take Control of Podcasting on the Mac”

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It seems that everyone we know has a podcast these days — our own Glenn Fleishman has two: The New Disruptors and The Periodicalist. We’re too busy writing TidBITS articles and publishing Take Control books to do more than record our articles and be occasional podcast guests, but if you’ve been thinking about hopping on the podcasting bandwagon or want to take an existing podcast to the next level, we have exactly what you need: Andy Affleck’s 130-page “Take Control of Podcasting on the Mac, Third Edition.”

The main barrier to starting a podcast is putting together everything you need — hardware, software, and audio workflow know-how. With Andy’s real-world experience in the $10 ebook to guide you, you’ll learn how to plan your podcast, choose the right microphone and accessories, and pick the best audio software for your needs. Andy provides step-by-step instructions for recording in GarageBand, Audacity, and Audio Hijack Pro on the Mac, as well as for mobile recording in GarageBand and Voice Record Pro for iOS.

Once your audio is in the can, you’ll learn how to edit and mix it with GarageBand and Audacity, then encode and tag it properly. Andy also helps you choose a hosting service, understand bandwidth costs and syndication formats, and set up an RSS feed. “Take Control of Podcasting on the Mac” closes with a look at how to publish and promote your podcast. And since we won’t pretend there’s only one way to podcast, Andy interviewed a number of experienced podcasters in order to share their favorite mics and software.

One last thing. Andy was able to find the time to write this book because he’s between jobs at the moment. If you know of anyone looking for a senior technology project manager, preferably near Boston or Providence, let us know and we’ll pass it on. Much as we like having Andy writing for us, we’d far rather he had a full-time position! Read more about what he does.

Check out the Take Control ebooks that expand on the topic in this article:

Start podcasting or take your podcast to the next level with start-to-finish guidance from Andy Affleck. You'll learn tricks of the trade as you assemble your hardware and software, make recordings, edit and mix the audio, and encode and publish your shows.

 

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