PC in a Mac -- No, it's not a late April Fools joke, though it does point the way to another method for keeping a Mac on your desk and running PC software when necessary. Connectix, makers of RAM Doubler, has announced Virtual PC, Macintosh software that emulates a Pentium-based PC. Because Virtual PC aims to emulate a processor, not an operating system, it reportedly will enable Mac users to run off-the-shelf versions of DOS, Windows 3.1, 95, and NT, plus NeXT OpenStep and OS/2, with support for key PC options including SoundBlaster Pro, Ethernet, printing, and modems. Virtual PC should ship in June and run on any Power Mac with System 7.5. Although there are emulation alternatives like Insignia's SoftWindows or plugging in a hardware card, I expect that Virtual PC will inject new blood into the emulation market. Connectix -- 800/950-5880 -- 415/571-5100 -- 415-571-5195 (fax) -- <firstname.lastname@example.org> [TJE]<http://www.connectix.com/connect/CVPC.PR.html>
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).
- Virtual PC News (16 Jun 97)