"Take Control of Customizing Panther" in Japanese -- Our industrious Japanese translators have done it again! We're pleased to announce the release of the Japanese translation of Matt Neuburg's "Take Control of Customizing Panther," which is now available for $7.50. We're once again offering this version free to Japanese speakers who have already purchased the English version of Matt's ebook. To download your copy, click the Check for Updates button on the first page of "Take Control of Customizing Panther" and click the download link in the Web page that appears. The free download link will work through 01-Jun-04. If you don't have the current 1.2 version of "Take Control of Customizing Panther," your copy won't have the Check for Updates button, so you'll need to upgrade to 1.2 with the instructions we sent on 10-Apr-04. If you have trouble, send email to Tonya at <firstname.lastname@example.org>. [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).