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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 Catalog Nixed

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Technical Support Coordinator, BAKA Computers

Never one of Apple's more popular sales channels, the Apple Catalog has been laid to rest after losing a significant amount of money for the company during slightly more than a year of operation. The Apple Catalog was especially unpopular with dealers, who felt that Apple was competing with them directly.

The Catalog was discontinued on 01-Feb-94, but while stock is still on hand, Apple will continue to take orders in some product categories, including desktop Macs, PowerBooks, and products for disabled people. We hope that Apple will take any items that are in short supply in other channels and redistribute them, rather than wait for such orders.

Orders for out of stock and backordered items, even orders placed before 01-Feb-94, will not be filled; customers whose orders must be cancelled will be notified by mail.

The Apple Catalog was a convenient source of manuals and cables, especially for discontinued Apple products. Apple assures us that dealers may still purchase manuals that are not long gone, and Apple dealers and other resellers (such as the popular mail-order houses) usually have or can obtain cables appropriate to any task.

 

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