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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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AppleShare Upgrade Offer Ends

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Apple has announced that its AppleShare 3.0 upgrade offer will be ending at the end of April. The offer, introduced last fall with the new version of the file server software, allows owners of previous versions to upgrade free or at a reduced price.

The company plans to honor upgrade requests until 30-Apr-92, even though the offer was originally scheduled to end on 01-Apr-92. Upgrade coupons are available from dealers, or send the required information to:

AppleShare Server 3.0 Upgrade
Apple Computer, Inc.
P.O. Box 59337
Minneapolis, MN 55459-0037

Customers who purchased AppleShare File Server 2.0 between 15-Oct-91 and 31-Dec-91 are entitled to a free upgrade. They should send their original, dated sales invoice, and their original Server Installer diskette, to the above address.

Those who purchased the File Server software before 15-Oct-91 may upgrade by sending $299 for each upgrade, their original Server Installer diskette(s), and $7 for shipping and handling for each upgrade.

Anyone who purchased both File Server and Printer Server software before 15-Oct-91 may upgrade by sending $199 for each upgrade, their original File Server and Printer Server Installer diskettes, and $7 for shipping and handling for each upgrade.


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