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]
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).