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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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For anyone working on a IIci with After Dark, the screensaver from Berkeley Systems, you should upgrade to version 1.1c. The new version fixes a bug that causes crashes when the screensaver kicks in while DAs are open. It also includes a Randomizer INIT, which allows the screensaver to automatically switch modules after a specified time interval, and several new modules, including Spheres (which draws 3-D spheres on the screen, Draino (which swirls your Mac screen down a drain in the middle of the screen), and TacTiles (which fills the screen with a tile pattern). Also included are several previously released modules, Shredded Crystals and Starry Skyline. The upgrade is available from on-line services.

Information from:
Bruce Burkhalter of Berkeley Systems -- bruce@cory.berkeley.edu

Another option when Outbound -- The Outbound portable Macintosh has received attention because of its method of avoiding Apple's copyrights. The purchased must own a Mac Plus or SE, and the Plus or SE ROMs are used in the Outbound. However, it is possible to purchase ROMs legally through certain dealers. Such ROMs have been used legally for several years by owners of the Spectre 128 and GCR, Macintosh emulators for the Atari ST from Gadgets By Small, Inc. In addition, Outbound will be offering replacement ROMs for the Outbound's host that will allow it to be a dedicated AppleShare server when the Outbound is not connected.

Information from:
Alex Pournelle -- alex@grian.cps.altadena.ca.us

Refilling DeskWriter Cartridges -- Some users have complained about the relatively high price of the ink cartridges for HP's popular DeskJet, DeskJet+, and DeskWriter printers. Judging from numerous discussions on Usenet, it is possible to use a syringe to refill the cartridges with good quality fountain pen ink (which is also water-soluble, sorry). Be warned that HP does not condone such measures and you may clog or otherwise damage the ink jets on your printer.

 

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