Easier Than Upgrading a PC -- Connectix has released the Virtual PC 1.0.1 Updater, which makes Virtual PC easier to use and fixes a number of small problems, including setting modem speeds incorrectly and many game-related issues. The new version offers faster floppy disk access and makes it simpler to use Virtual PC with multiple operating systems, in addition to better support for Ethernet adapters and printing. Virtual PC 1.0.1 also addresses a problem that we missed in our review (see TidBITS-397). Pressing Option while launching Virtual PC brings up a Preferences dialog before Virtual PC launches Windows 95; this enables you to change D: drive settings and other behavior that requires a reboot of the virtual machine. Version 1.0.1 now allows you to choose Shut Down inside Windows 95 and then press Option to access the same feature. The updater is about a 3 MB download and comes in different versions for Windows 3.11 and Windows 95. [GF]
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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