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Opening a Folder from the Dock

Sick of the dock on Mac OS X Leopard not being able to open folders with a simple click, like sanity demands and like it used to be in Tiger? You can, of course click it, and then click again on Open in Finder, but that's twice as many clicks as it used to be. (And while you're at it, Control-click the folder, and choose both Display as Folder and View Content as List from the contextual menu. Once you have the content displaying as a list, there's an Open command right there, but that requires Control-clicking and choosing a menu item.) The closest you can get to opening a docked folder with a single click is Command-click, which opens its enclosing folder. However, if you instead put a file from the docked folder in the Dock, and Command-click that file, you'll see the folder you want. Of course, if you forget to press Command when clicking, you'll open the file, which may be even more annoying.

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For those of you who enjoy creating holiday greeting cards, Aldus has a special offer of $88 for Personal Press 2.0 through 31-Dec-92. The offer includes 100 sheets of Holiday Paper from PaperDirect, 50 matching green envelopes, 50 foil envelope seals, 30 suggested holiday greetings (for greeting-card-writer's block), holiday templates, and 30 T/Maker ClickArt images.

I've never seen Personal Press, so I don't know if I would recommend it or not, but I approve of easier desktop publishing for people who couldn't give a whiz about high-end features like kerning to the millionth of a point and 17-color separation. I have used TimeWorks' Publish-It Easy slightly, and it definitely fits in the same class of low-fuss, low-budget page layout programs. The special price comes in about $10 cheaper than mail order, so it might be worthwhile.

Although a tad expensive, PaperDirect has gorgeous paper and card stock, all designed to work with laser printers. Some are specific for the holidays, some more normal but equally classy. If I did more desktop publishing I'd order more from PaperDirect; instead, I merely drool on their catalog. I'm sure if you call or fax them they'd be more than happy to send you a catalog.

I don't know what sort of clip art comes with the Personal Press deal. I've seen T/Maker's ClickArt Artistry & Borders package, a collection of high quality Encapsulated PostScript (EPS) files - though, as with any clip art package whether or not you'll like the images depends on your individual taste. My only complaint is that all the filenames fit DOS's eight character limitation since EPS is cross-platform and that saves T/Maker some work.

Aldus -- 800/888-6293 ext. 2
PaperDirect -- 800-A-PAPERS -- 201/507-1996
201/507-0817 (fax)
T/Maker -- 415/962-0195 -- 415/962-0201 (fax)

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