BBEdit Lite 4.1 Gains Weight -- Bare Bones Software's freeware text editor BBEdit Lite isn't as light as you might expect. BBEdit Lite 4.1 was released this week, featuring a number of low-level improvements that make this powerful application a close cousin to the feature-laden commercial BBEdit 4.5. Now derived from the same code and resource bases as the commercial release, BBEdit Lite improves overall performance and reliability, provides Balloon Help for most interface elements, supports search strings up to 512 characters, and stores Grep search patterns in a separate file to be stored or shared with other versions of BBEdit. BBEdit Lite 4.1 also automatically opens at startup files stored in a new "BBEdit Startup Items" folder. Although professional programmers and HTML coders will probably opt for the full BBEdit 4.5 package, the Lite version provides all the functionality that many people need from a text editor. BBEdit Lite is a 772K (MacBinary) or 1 MB (BinHex) download. [JLC]
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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