Retrospect 5.0 Backs Up Mac OS X -- Dantz Development is shipping Retrospect 5.0, which runs on either Mac OS 9 or Mac OS X and can back up and restore both operating systems. Although the Herculean task of supporting full backup and restore of Mac OS X-based Macs prevented Dantz from adding significant new features in Retrospect 5.0, it does include other welcome changes. File backup sets are no longer constrained by resource fork size limitations, so you can realistically use hard drives as backup media; files larger than 2 GB can now be backed up; and more backup devices are supported (including all currently shipping Apple optical drives). Retrospect ships in four different versions, each with different capabilities and prices. All versions are available immediately from Dantz; resellers should have them soon. French, German, and Japanese localized versions are scheduled for release in the second quarter of 2002, and international users can upgrade an English version purchased now to the corresponding localized product for free when it becomes available. [ACE]
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).
- Retrospect 5.0 Enables Mac OS X Backups (01 Apr 02)