MindVision Updates to MindControl 1.1 -- MindVision Software has released MindControl 1.1, a more polished version of their command-line launch utility for the Mac (see our write-up of it in "Macworld Expo SF 2000 Superlatives" in TidBITS-513). MindControl 1.1 is better about keeping file paths up to date, provides access to enclosing folders, has a quick reference guide, can show items from your Favorites folder, now provides some mouse control, and offers a translucent interface appearance. Although we've found MindControl useful, especially on laptops where trackpad use can be difficult at times, MindControl 1.1 doesn't offer features that could be extremely welcome, such as providing a keyboard-based search of the hard disk (type "? somefile" to search for "somefile"), extending such a search to Web search engines (type "google Gettysburg Address" to search for a copy of the Gettysburg Address in Google), or providing a different activation hotkey that would send the typed word to your default Web browser (rather than making you switch to the Web browser first). Perhaps MindControl 2.0 will offer such enhancements. The update to MindControl 1.1 is a 486K download and is free to registered users; new copies cost $20. [ACE]
Keyboard-based Dock Navigation
If you're a fan of keyboard shortcuts and navigation, you may want try accessing the Dock from your keyboard. Press Control-F3 to enter the Dock's keyboard access mode. Then you can press a letter corresponding with an item's name to select it; press Return to open it, Command-Q to quit the selected application, or Escape to exit keyboard access mode. You can also use the arrow keys, Tab key, and other keyboard navigation keys to toggle between the Dock items.
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- Macworld Expo SF 2000 Superlatives (17 Jan 00)