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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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The Apple Remote Access family now includes several products that make it possible for users to select precisely what they need. These include a personal all-in-one package that replaces the original ARA 1.0 package, multi-port server packages, multi-user client packages, and upgrades for owners of ARA 1.0.

The Remote Access Personal Server, retail $249, includes both client and server software, licensed for a single user to use at "both ends." This is similar to the ARA 1.0 package, which included both client and server functions in the package.

The Remote Access MultiPort Server package, retail $1,799, includes the server software and client software for four users, and a multiport serial NuBus card and cable. The Remote Access MultiPort Server 4-Port Expansion Kit, for $1,499, leaves out the server software, but provides the multiport serial card, four clients, and cable.

The Remote Access Client 10-pack retails for $599, and adds a ten-user license to your existing ARA server.

Owners of ARA 1.0 can upgrade to the ARA Personal Server for $79. Owners of ARA 1.0 who just need the new client software can upgrade for $29. Proof of purchase is required.

Trilobyte's ARACommander client software, which requires ARA, fully supports ARA 2.0's new features, and also adds quite a bit of its own functionality, in ease-of-use and security areas. It costs $35 for a single-user copy, but only $675 for a 100-user license (there are various stages in between as well). In my opinion this software is well worth the extra investment.

Shiva and Cayman both have hardware servers that don't require a Macintosh to act as the ARA server, and I believe both have upgraded or are about to upgrade their products to support ARA 2.0. Global Village is about to introduce a hardware server that has slots allowing installation of its PowerBook internal modems, which will take up much less space than the hardware servers that use external modems.

Cayman Systems -- 800/473-4776 -- 617/494-1999
sales@cayman.com
Shiva Corporation -- 800/458-3550 -- 617/252-6300
sales@shiva.com
Trilobyte Software -- 513/777-6641 -- 513/779-7760 (fax)
trylobyte@aol.com

 

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