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Springy Dock Tricks

If you drag a file and hover over Dock icons, various useful things happen which are similar to Finder springing. If it's a window, the window un-minimizes from the Dock. If it's a stack, the corresponding folder in the Finder opens. If it's the Finder, it brings the Finder to the foreground and opens a window if one doesn't exist already. But the coolest (and most hidden) springing trick is if you hover over an application and press the Space bar, the application comes to the foreground. This is great for things like grabbing a file from somewhere to drop into a Mail composition window that's otherwise hidden. Grab the file you want, hover over the Mail icon, press the Space bar, and Mail comes to the front for you to drop the file into the compose window. Be sure that Spring-Loaded Folders and Windows is enabled in the Finder Preferences window.

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Riven Arrival -- Myst, a CD-ROM-based adventure game created by Cyan, is known for its fantastical images and immersive play. In 1993, Myst took the computer world by storm and continues to enjoy a record-breaking run on PC Data's top ten best-seller list for software games, with more than 3.5 million copies sold. Now, with the release of Myst's sequel, Riven, we'll find out if lightning can strike twice. Last week, amidst a good amount of mainstream media coverage, the Red Orb Entertainment Division of Broderbund Software released Riven, the Sequel to Myst, as a five-CD set. Riven includes 4,000 images, three hours of animation, plus two hours' worth of sound. To experience Riven, you'll need at least a 90 MHz PowerPC-based machine, 9 MB free RAM, 65 MB hard disk space, System 7.5, color monitor, and a quad-speed CD-ROM drive.

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If you plan to be an early adopter of Riven, note that there's already an update available. Riven Updater 1.01, a 732K download, clears up problems with rotating domes and turning on the light near the water at the end of a tunnel. It also clears up problems where movies play in the wrong location. [TJE]

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