HP Inkjets to be Mac Compatible -- Now that Apple's StyleWriters are history, Apple and Hewlett-Packard (HP) announced last week that future inkjet printers from HP will be compatible with the Mac OS, and that Apple will resell some HP inkjet printers directly to customers in education, presumably so schools can order machines and printers with a single purchase order. Printers with the HP brand should also be available to customers through direct channels like the Apple Store later this year. Mac OS drivers for the HP printers will apparently not be engineered by Apple or HP, which is both good and bad news since Apple's StyleWriter drivers tended to be good, but HP's Mac OS printer drivers were often a mixed bag. Instead, Mac OS drivers for HP printers will come from Infowave - makers of products like PowerPrint, which lets Macs use a wide array of PC printers, and StyleScript, a PostScript interpreter for inkjets - and may include support for Apple's ColorSync color matching technology. [GD]
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).