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Opening a Folder from the Dock

Sick of the dock on Mac OS X Leopard not being able to open folders with a simple click, like sanity demands and like it used to be in Tiger? You can, of course click it, and then click again on Open in Finder, but that's twice as many clicks as it used to be. (And while you're at it, Control-click the folder, and choose both Display as Folder and View Content as List from the contextual menu. Once you have the content displaying as a list, there's an Open command right there, but that requires Control-clicking and choosing a menu item.) The closest you can get to opening a docked folder with a single click is Command-click, which opens its enclosing folder. However, if you instead put a file from the docked folder in the Dock, and Command-click that file, you'll see the folder you want. Of course, if you forget to press Command when clicking, you'll open the file, which may be even more annoying.

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Apple Names 2002 Design Award Winners

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Apple Names 2002 Design Award Winners -- Capping off this year's Worldwide Developers Conference, Apple named the winners of its Apple Design Awards, highlighting Mac OS X software in six categories. The Best New Mac OS X Product title went to Toon Boom Studio 1.1, a tool for creating 2D animations. Karelia Software's Watson 1.5 was honored as Most Innovative Mac OS X Product, though the real testament to its innovation may prove to be Apple's WWDC demonstration of Sherlock 3, which looks to be a Watson clone (see "Jaguar: Mac OS X Prepares to Pounce" in TidBITS-629). The Omni Group's OmniGraffle 2.0, a diagramming and charting application, garnered two awards: Best Mac OS X User Experience and Best Mac OS X Technology Adoption. In the category of Best Mac OS X Open Source Port, Richard Koch's TeXShop 1.19 was honored for its capability to display scientific and technical documents created in TeX format. And in the final category, Dan Schimpf won Best Mac OS X Student Product with MacJournal 2.1, a program for storing and organizing notes, diaries, and other text snippets. We applaud each of the winners (plus the runners-up, which are listed at Apple's Web site), and also Apple for bringing attention to innovative software, even when it doesn't come from large companies. [JLC]

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