After a lengthy period of public beta testing, Symantec Corporation has released Norton Utilities for Macintosh 4.0, featuring support for both Mac OS 8.5 and the HFS+ disk format introduced more than six months ago with Mac OS 8.1. (See "All About Macintosh Extended Format (HFS Plus)" in TidBITS 414.) Along with a revised user interface, Norton Utilites components are now PowerPC-native for improved performance, and Norton Unerase can attempt to recover entire folders as well as individual files. Of course, Norton Utilities still features the widely used Disk Doctor and Speed Disk utilities for disk repair and optimization, and a bootable data recovery CD-ROM. Norton Utilities for Macintosh 4.0 should be priced around $100, and requires System 7.5.5 or greater and a 68040 or PowerPC-based Macintosh with 16 MB of RAM. Symantec says owners of previous versions will be able to upgrade for $50.
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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