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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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PalmPilot or Palm III owners who use Macs can download version 1.1 of Palm Buddy, Florent Pillet's invaluable utility for backing up and installing PalmPilot files (see "A New Buddy for PalmPilot Users" in TidBITS 436). The new version adds plug-ins for two Palm-based database programs, JFile and MobileDB, which enable you to install tab-delimited text files by dropping them onto Palm Buddy's window in the Mac OS. Version 1.1 also adds the capability to drop folders (instead of just files) onto Palm Buddy, enabling users to restore a previous backup in a single step. Numerous bug fixes, support for faster serial connections, and plug-ins for non-Roman languages (such as Japanese or Chinese) round out the update. The $20 shareware program is a 1.2 MB download; upgrades are free to registered owners.

In related PalmPilot/Macintosh news, a public beta of the new Macintosh Palm Desktop 2.0v2 will be made available in early November, according to Doug Wirnowski, the Mac product manager at Palm Computing/3Com. The new software is built upon Claris Organizer, which 3Com bought from Apple earlier this year (see "Palm Organizer for Macintosh: Details Emerge" in TidBITS 432).

 

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