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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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New iMacs Highlight Macworld Expo Tokyo

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At the keynote address at the Macworld Expo in Tokyo this week, Steve Jobs continued Apple's move to CD-RW (recordable CD drives) as the media device of choice in new Macintosh computers. Apple's iMac line still includes Indigo and Graphite models, and adds psychedelic Blue Dalmation and Flower Power designs. Available in a basic 400 MHz model ($900, with CD-ROM drive) and higher-end 500 MHz and 600 MHz models ($1,200 and $1,500 with CD-RW drives), the iMac family is now at the core of Apple's "digital lifestyle" push. The 450 MHz Power Mac G4 Cube ($1,300) retains its DVD-ROM drive. New models at $1,600 and $2,144 (with 128 and 256 MB of memory, respectively, compared to 64 MB for the base model) sport CD-RW drives, and the high-end unit features nVIDIA's GeForce2 MX video controller and a 60 GB hard drive.

Apple also announced a $1000 price cut in its 22-inch flat-panel Cinema Display, now a mere $3,000. Almost lost in the shuffle was word that Apple's top-of-the-line 733 MHz Power Mac G4 minitower, with CD- and DVD-writing SuperDrive, is now shipping.

 

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