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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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iTunes 11.3.1

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Apple has released iTunes 11.3.1 with a couple of podcast-related fixes. The update squashes a bug that prevented subscribed podcasts from updating with new episodes and rectifies an issue that caused iTunes to become unresponsive while browsing podcast episodes in List view. iTunes 11.3.1 is available as a direct download from Apple’s iTunes Web page or via Software Update. (Free, 229 MB, 10.6.8+)

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In this FAQ-style ebook, iTunes expert Kirk McElhearn explains importing, tagging, organizing, playing, sharing, streaming, and more so you can get the most out of audio and video in iTunes 11, including podcasts and iTunes Radio. You'll also learn techniques for transferring media to an iPad, iPhone, or iPod.

 

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Roger D. Parish  An apple icon for a TidBITS Contributor 2014-08-08 20:21
This revision no longer displays the state of charge of an attached device, i.e., iPhone/iPad. You used to be able to see the percentage of battery charge in the summary for a device.
Curtis Wilcox  An apple icon for a Friend of TidBITS 2014-08-10 04:53
I still see the charge percentage for my attached iPhone (OS X 10.9.4, iTunes 11.3.1 & iPhone 5s, iOS 7.1.2).
Roger D. Parish  An apple icon for a TidBITS Contributor 2014-08-11 06:24
Huh! Now I do, too! Curiouser and curiouser.