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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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PlusOptimizer Jumps, DiskExpress Pro Upgrade Promised

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PlusOptimizer Jumps, DiskExpress Pro Upgrade Promised -- Little more than a week after Alsoft released the $29.95 PlusOptimizer, the company's disk optimization software that works with HFS Plus volumes (see the TidBITS Update "PlusOptimizer Defragments HFS Plus Volumes"), a free update to version 1.1 has appeared. The update enables PlusOptimizer to work even in the presence of directory damage that Disk First Aid can't repair, adds an optimization report, lets users anchor and unanchor files, and provides a more accurate progress bar. To receive the free update, existing users must use Alsoft's email service that verifies registration numbers before mailing the 532K file.

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Several readers expressed confusion with our coverage of PlusOptimizer, which implements only some of the features of DiskExpress Pro. Although no statements have been published on the company's Web site, Alsoft has said to several readers that they will provide the Mac OS 8.1 and HFS Plus-compatible upgrade to DiskExpress Pro for free to existing customers. In the meantime, some DiskExpress Pro users have felt that they have no choice but to buy PlusOptimizer as an interim solution until the DiskExpress Pro upgrade ships. The other option, of course, is not to worry about disk fragmentation issues since the concern often outweighs the reality of the performance problems related to fragmentation. A simple backup and restore also eliminates all fragmentation, and you do have good backups, don't you? [ACE]

 

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