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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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HyperCard 2.0 Excuses

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The Top 10 Reasons HyperCard 2.0 Has Not Yet Shipped

Disclaimer: It's all lies. Lies lies lies.

These lies are fictitious. Any similarity to actual lies, fibs, or prevarications is purely coincidental.

These lies are the property of the HyperCard Development Team. Any rebroadcast, retransmission, or use of the pictures, descriptions, and accounts of these lies without the express written consent of the HyperCard Development Team would really be a bad thing, and in poor taste too.

Additional Disclaimer: These are last month's lies. This month's lies are very different.

10. Bill left without telling us how it worked.

9. We were saving it as a going-away present for Jean-Louis.

8. It took months to get the color out after we discovered that the manuals didn't mention it.

7. We introduced it at the annual developers' conference, and we thought there was a rule that says that anything you introduce at a developers' conference you can't ship until after the next developers' conference.

6. Bowling shirts just take longer than T-shirts.

5. For most of us, it was a great way to avoid sweltering in Boston in August.

4. It took months to devise all those phony seed releases, with all those phony bugs, which we were doing only as a clever ruse, of course.

3. Nobody told us you were supposed to finish the thing first.

2. Howard Spira had his money on System 7.0.

1. We couldn't ship until we had tested it with the new Macintosh LX, the one with the impressive performance, quiet ride, and distinctive styling, all for under $25,000. See your dealer today.

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Kevin Calhoun -- jkc@apple.com

 

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