Casady & Greene Shuts Down -- Casady & Greene, one of the oldest companies in the Macintosh market, is shutting down after 19 years, according to Bonnie Mitchell, Casady & Greene's VP of Public Relations. Full details weren't available at press time, but it appears as though Casady & Greene simply couldn't remain financially viable. Although the company had released a number of Mac OS X products this year, including Spell Catcher X, Tri-Catalog, Clone X, and iData Pro (see "The Digital Shoebox: iData Pro X 1.0.5 in TidBITS-675), revenues weren't sufficient to keep the doors open or to pay some of its contract programmers. None of Casady & Greene's current products have the same broad appeal as Conflict Catcher (which never made it to Mac OS X) or SoundJam, which became the basis for Apple's iTunes, and the transition to Mac OS X proved particularly problematic for the company. [ACE]
Avoid Long Hierarchical Menus
If you right-click (or Control-click) on some item, such as a file in the Finder, and one of the sub-menus has many options (Open With is a frequent culprit), it may take several seconds to open, even on a fast machine, which is annoying if you did not actually want that sub-menu.
The trick is to not pull the cursor through the menu, but in a curve around it, so the cursor does not touch any menu items until lower on the list where you wanted to go.
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