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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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Communicator 4.72 Fixes Handful of Bugs

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Communicator 4.72 Fixes Handful of Bugs -- Netscape Communications has released Netscape Communicator 4.72, the latest version of its integrated Internet client and HTML authoring application. Although you'd never guess from the release notes, version 4.72 contains no new features. Most users won't need to upgrade unless they're experiencing problems, and Steve Dagley at Netscape tells us changes are generally isolated and minor. Improvements include a more robust font renderer from Bitstream; better verification of IMAP signatures on some IMAP email servers; the capability to handle SSL sites with certification key lengths greater than 2,048 bits; better handling of Base64-encoded JPEG images in email; a fix for a potentially crashing JavaScript bug; proper encoding of high-ASCII name and password data; and newsreader fixes that enable Communicator to handle recycled article IDs. Netscape Communicator 4.72 is a 13.2 MB download and requires a PowerPC-based Mac running Mac OS 7.6.1 or later. [ACE]

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