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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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Further Reading

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Literary Machines, book by Ted Nelson describing the Xanadu concept & methodology, latest edition 90.1, new edition coming shortly, postpaid US$ 25 US (US$ 40 foreign) from Mindful Press, 3020 Bridgeway #295, Sausalito CA 94965

Literary Machines, the 87.1 Macintosh hypertext edition on disk, available from OWL International Inc., 14218 NE 21st Street, Bellevue WA 98007

Computer Lib/Dream Machines, by Ted Nelson, a '1987 revised & updated' reprint of the original 1974 edition, Tempus Books/Microsoft Press

For information on the forthcoming Xanadu software from AutoDesk contact Xanadu Operating Company, Palo Alto CA, tel. [+1] (415) 856-4112

To get on the mailing list for PAX developments write to Public Access Xanadu at the Mindful Press' address above or contact their EC representative Elisabeth Davenport (c/o Department of Information Science, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, UK tel. [+44] (041) 552-4400 x3700, fax (041) 553-1393

Explicitly referred to in the lecture:

Alfred Korzybski (an eccentric philosopher whose best known work is 'Science and Sanity, An Introduction to Non-Aristotelian Systems and General Semantics,' (1933), last ed. Boston, 1980).

Tomas Kuhn (introduced 'paradigm' in science; wrote 'The Structure of Scientific Revolutions,' Chicago, 1970)

K. Eric Drexler (shortly re-joining the Xanadu development team, wrote 'Engines of Creation, The Coming Era of Nanotechnology,' 1986)

Buckminster Fuller, Bertrand Russel - his teen age idols

Xanadu, XU, Xanadu Stand, Parallel Textface, Qframe - trademarks of XOC Inc.

Macintosh - a trademark of Apple Computer Inc.

Snacks eaten by the author during writing supplied by Goteborgs Kex AB.

 

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