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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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Apple Announces Software Design Award Winners -- Apple Computer has announced the winners of the fourth annual Apple Design Awards competition, with REAL Software's REALbasic 1.0 and Alsoft's Disk Warrior 1.0 taking home multiple honors. REALbasic won the Best New Product award, with Disk Warrior taking the Runner Up position. In the Most Innovative category, the situation flipped, with Disk Warrior winning and REALbasic coming in as Runner Up. For Best Macintosh User Experience, the game Food Chain 1.0 from Cajun Games took home the honors, with REALbasic again taking second place. Finally, in the Best Apple Technology Adoption, the top award went to Kohshin Graphic Systems' Cutie Mascot Jr. 1.5, an application for creating interactive desktop animations, with the popular Virtual Game Station from Connectix coming in close behind. Congratulations to the winners, and for those of you unfamiliar with Food Chain and Cutie Mascot Jr., we encourage you to visit their Web pages. [ACE]

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