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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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FileMaker Pro 2.0v2 Update

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As a follow-up to my FileMaker Pro 2.0 review in TidBITS-150, note that Claris is now shipping FileMaker Pro 2.0v2. Several areas of improvement and squished bugs include Apple events, Browse Mode, Define Fields, Find Mode, Import/Export, Printing, ScriptMaker, and network operation. Specifics can be found in Claris support areas on major online services, and the details also ship with the update. This maintenance release is free to all registered owners of FileMaker Pro 2.0v1, but it is not automatic. You can order the update by calling Claris at the number below.

My review mentioned FileMaker Pro's inability to dial phone numbers from within the application. The expected flood of little applications that would use Apple events to remedy this situation has yet to appear. What has appeared, however, is InTouch 2.0, a great little DA address book that does a multitude of things very well. It comes with a Control Panel called Snap*, which interacts with the DA from within other applications, even when InTouch is not open. Snap* can also dial a phone number from within any application by pressing a user-defined hot key. I've tested it with FileMaker Pro 2.0v2 on my extension-laden Mac and it worked like the proverbial charm. No hacks, macros, or Apple events required. You could even highlight the Claris number below and dial it from within this file. InTouch 2.0 is from Advanced Software, who seem to be taking their name seriously.

Claris -- 800/544-8554
Advanced Software -- 408/733-0745

 

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