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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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Mark H. Anbinder informs us, "AppleShare 3.0 has finally shipped! It replaces both the AppleShare 2.0 file sharing and print sharing software packages with a single $1199 package. Briefly, the new software is fully compatible with (and requires) System 7, and it allows the server software to be run at the same time as other applications under the process manager. For best results it's appropriate to use the AppleShare server software on a dedicated server machine, but it is possible to use it on a personal workstation if high performance isn't essential."

Mark also passes on this information from Brian Calhoun-Bryant of BAKA Technical Support and SuperMac about compatibility issues between SuperMac products and the Quadras.

Hard Disks: The current version of the Manager (4.2/4.2E) is currently listed as not supporting the Quadras. SuperMac officially claims multiple incompatibilities. The fix is a new version of the Manager that will be out in the first quarter of 1992. This will almost certainly be the last version of the Manager. (I have run an XP200 on a Quadra [NOT as a boot device!] and it appears to run mostly fine.)

Video Products: List as per SuperMac follows:

  • Thunder/8 & 24 cards: Compatible.

  • Spectrum/24 PDQ: Compatible.

  • Spectrum/24 Series III: Not compatible - new ROM in December.

  • Spectrum/8*24 PDQ: Compatible, except for RasterOps mode.

  • Spectrum/8 Series III: Compatible.

  • ColorCard/24: Not fully tested, appears to be compatible.

  • Monochrome Card: Not fully tested, appears to be compatible.

Direct-connect SuperMac Video to Quadras: I believe that only the 21" display and the 19" display with the 21" cable will work (in 8-bit mode) with Apple's built-in video on the Quadras.

Paul Durrant writes, "I recently came across a bug in the British System 7. I know it won't be of much personal interest to US readers, but you might like to include it. The KCHR resource controls how key codes are interpreted as character codes. In System 7, the KCHR was revamped to allow access to all the accent characters directly from the keyboard. In the British localisation of KCHR a mistake was made, and they seem to have used the old System 6 version. This has been acknowledged by UK.DTS as a bug. (OK, so it's not a huge bug, it still messes up a Quark Xtension I've got in the works) Good luck with the new text format." [Thanks Paul, I try not to be too US-centric, but it's hard when I live here.]

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