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Set Per-Folder Views in the Finder

Tired of navigating to a particular folder and having to switch to List View every time? With Finder in Leopard, you can set viewing preference for each individual folder. Just navigate to it, and set the view the way you want (Column, List, Icon, or Cover Flow). Then choose View > Show View Options (Command-J) and in the window that appears, select the Always Open In... checkbox.

 
 

Version 5.1: A DragThing of Beauty

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Version 5.1: A DragThing of Beauty -- TLA Systems's DragThing, a launcher and Dock replacement that we've been covering since its inception, has been upgraded to version 5.1. The big change here is that DragThing's docks are now documents: you can now open and close them individually, and they can be exported completely as XML. This makes things much easier when you develop a one-off or specialized dock that needn't be present all the time. You can also have "workspaces" (dock sets), read-only docks, and stationery docks. The Desktop Trash feature is also much more flexible, and there are many cosmetic and functional improvements and bug fixes. DragThing 5.1 requires Mac OS X 10.2 Jaguar or better and is a 3.2 MB download. It costs $30; this is a free upgrade for DragThing 5 users. [MAN]

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New for iOS 8: TextExpander 3 with custom keyboard.
Set up short abbreviations which expand to larger bits of text,
such as “Tx” for “TextExpander”. With the new custom keyboard,
you can expand abbreviations in any app, including Safari and
Mail. <http://smle.us/tetouch3-tb>