Visor Offers Shades of Palm Handhelds -- Handspring, Inc. last week announced Visor, a handheld organizer based on the Palm operating system that promises to run faster, store more information, and be more expandable than current Palm devices. Visor also comes with Macintosh software and a USB-based docking cradle; Palm Computing's current offerings require the purchase of a cable adapter for Mac serial or USB connections and a separate purchase (or free download) of the Mac Palm Desktop software. (See "Palm Desktop Marks Return of a Familiar Organizer" in TidBITS-469.) When it ships in October, Visor will be available in three configurations ranging from $150 to $250 and will offer between 2 MB and 8 MB of RAM. Visor Deluxe models will be available in five colors, including, of course, several translucent options. The Visor is based on the Palm OS, which means it is software-compatible with existing Palm applications, but it also features updated Date Book (actually a licensed, modified version of Pimlico Software's excellent DateBk3) and Calculator applications, plus a new World Clock utility. The Visor's biggest departure from the Palm Computing line of organizers is Springboard, a slot on the back of the unit that accepts expansion modules for add-ons such as extra memory, a modem, backup data storage, software applications, and future possibilities like cellular phone modules or MP3 music players. [JLC]
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).