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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).

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A New Script for Photoshop

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A New Script for Photoshop -- If your life revolves around Adobe Photoshop and Macintosh scripting, Main Event Software may have released your Holy Grail with PhotoScripter 1.0, a plug-in that makes Photoshop 5.0 AppleScript-aware. PhotoScripter exposes most of Photoshop's functionality to script control, sporting an enormous dictionary of terms, verbs, and classes that scripts can use to automate Photoshop operations. Via PhotoScripter, Photoshop can automatically batch-process images and integrate with other applications such as QuarkXPress and FileMaker Pro. PhotoScripter's dictionary is based on the AppleScript object model and offers straightforward scripting terminology (Main Event's Cal Simone is a longtime AppleScript advocate, and was involved in re-implementing Mac OS 8.5's AppleScript dictionaries). PhotoScripter costs $299 with discounts available for multiple copies. [GD]

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