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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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OS X 10.9.4 Includes Wi-Fi, Wake from Sleep Fixes

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Apple has released OS X 10.9.4 Mavericks. The 283 MB update is available via Software Update, and should be available soon from Apple’s Support Downloads Web site.

Highlights of the update include a fix for a bug that prevented some Macs from automatically connecting to Wi-Fi networks (for other suggestions, see Alicia Katz Pollock’s “How to Solve Wi-Fi Connectivity Problems,” 7 February 2014), improved reliability of wake from sleep, and the inclusion of Safari 7.0.5, which features a number of security fixes.

Bundled into 10.9.4 are the usual slew of security improvements, including an update to the certificate trust policy, a fix for sandboxed apps being able to circumvent restrictions, and elimination of an issue that could allow local users to see Apple ID credentials in iBooks logs. Other fixes eliminate problems related to the Intel graphics drivers, issues that could cause unexpected restarts, bugs that allowed arbitrary code execution, and a number of vulnerabilities in Unix system utilities.


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Comments about OS X 10.9.4 Includes Wi-Fi, Wake from Sleep Fixes
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Still broken after months...

1. First Finder window after reboot always shows some 'default' settings (size, column widths) but never what it was last set to.

2. After switching from internal MacBook display to closed-lid mode the Finder windows are always misaligned. Same goes for Mail windows. Sometimes Finder windows even revert to 'default' settings instead of what the user last set them to.

3. When waking in clamshell mode, the external screen sometimes remains dark despite the MacBook having woken up. Sometimes repeatedly hitting keys or moving the mosue doesn't even help. In these cases, hitting ctrl-shift-eject (= sleep screen) and then hitting other keys (to wake screen again) sometimes does.

4. Alignment of icons on desktop changes for no apparent reason every once in a while.

5. Weather widget in Dashboard gets garbled display after a few days of use.

And yes, it's all been reported to Apple.
Ed Wood  2014-07-02 15:44
My friends wonder why I haven't updated.I wonder what happened to " It Just Works."there was a time when that slogan was true . but since iPod iPhone and iPad I suspect all the best coders work on the toys and Macs get what's left
Erik S  2014-07-04 13:58
They seem to have made some significant changes to the GPU subsystem.
On my 2012 rMBP firing up iPhoto or some java apps (Freemind) would cause a switch to the discrete GPU. Now it doesn't.
I noticed this because now my computer crashes within a few minutes of use with my external display connected. To troubleshoot, I decided to try forcing the dGPU without the external display attached. Strange that the graphics switching option in Energy Saver doesn't seem to be having any effect either -- its still using the HD4000.

UPDATE: It seems that not switching to the dGPU was a glitch. After rebooting, my machine switches to the dGPU when I launch iPhoto, or turn off automatic graphics switching. When the dGPU is in use, my system crashes, randomly, but steadily.