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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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Apple Shuffle

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I'm thinking of writing a hit song based on the Travelling Wilbury's tune "The Wilbury Twist." Instead of the contortions rasped out by Bob Dylan, though, I'd use the Apple reorganizations. On second thought, ditch that idea, I never could get anything to rhyme.

Apple has shuffled the deck one more time, just to be sure that no one's cheating. Apple claims that the new divisions will "sharpen management focus and concentrate company resources on Apple's mainstream Macintosh computer platform as well as on emerging business opportunities." Love that business-speak.

Basically, Sculley and Spindler have divided up the company to take advantage of their specialties and desires. Sculley will take charge of five groups: the Object-Based Systems division, the Advanced Technology Group, the Advanced Products Group, the Consumer division, and Claris Corporation. The first three divisions aim to define the future of computing, so I wouldn't be surprised if Sculley wants to make more of a name for himself as an advanced technology guru by heading them up directly. The new Consumer division (Can you say "Macs in department stores?" I thought you could.) and Claris to a lesser extent do fit in well with Sculley's marketing talents.

Spindler, in contrast, gets the more mundane, bread-and-butter divisions, the Macintosh Hardware division, the Macintosh Software Architecture division, and the Enterprise System division. Essentially, Spindler must deal with today's and tomorrow's realities, or at least the Macintosh edition of said reality. Overall, Spindler seems to have done well with such tasks in the past - that's the main reason he was promoted from head of Apple Europe. Speaking of Apple Europe, Apple's three geographic regions will continue to report to Spindler, which makes sense since he knows the overseas markets better than most.

As usual, only time will tell if this shuffle will produce a winning hand or if it's merely another silly card trick. I'm not putting any money on it one way or another.

Information from:
Apple propaganda

Related articles:
MacWEEK -- 09-Apr-91, Vol. 5, #14, pg. 76
PC WEEK -- 08-Apr-91, Vol. 8, #14, pg. 127

 

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