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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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Copying Utilities

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People have gotten sick of how long it takes the Finder to copy files, hence the appearance of the shareware SpeedyFinder and several other neat utilities. As I mentioned above, CopyDoubler comes with AutoDoubler 2.0 now, and is also sold separately. Aside from speeding the copying process, CopyDoubler allows you to choose when AutoDoubler-compressed files are expanded and when they aren't, along with other copy-speeding options such as turning off verification and not copying Finder icons. Even snazzier is the commercial CopyRight utility from CSG Technologies, which passes off the copying tasks to a background application so you can continue working in the Finder and even start additional copies, all of which proceed simultaneously. It's way cool and I'm irritated it took me so long to write about it. At Macworld SF look for CopyRight Pro, which allows you to select which files are copied by name, label, etc., and run copies at specified repeating times.

CSG Technologies -- 800/366-4622 -- csg.tech@applelink.apple.com
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