Allume Ships StuffIt Deluxe and StuffIt Standard 9.0 -- Allume has upgraded their long-standing compression, archiving, and expansion utilities, improving performance (particularly on dual-processor Macs) and improving the interface and user experience. Both StuffIt Standard (comprised of DropStuff and the free StuffIt Expander) and StuffIt Deluxe 9.0 include an improved version of DropStuff that provides a single interface to creating StuffIt, Zip, and .tar archives. DropStuff can also now archive files directly to CD/DVD and FTP servers, eliminating the need to create an archive and then burn or upload; if an archive is larger than a single CD or DVD, DropStuff automatically segments it on the fly. On the other side of the equation, the new StuffIt Expander makes restoring archived files to their original locations easier. Changes in StuffIt Deluxe 9.0 include an enhanced ArchiveAssistant tool that helps users archive any folder to any local or network drive, CD/DVD, FTP server, or iDisk. Also improved is the StuffIt Express automation utility, which now allows distribution of automation drop boxes to others. Also, compression and expansion tasks invoked via Magic Menu and the StuffIt contextual menu are now multi-threaded, so you can keep using the Finder while they run. StuffIt Standard costs $50 (although StuffIt Expander remains free as part of the 6.3 MB demo download); upgrades from any previous version are $20. StuffIt Deluxe costs $80, with upgrades from previous versions of StuffIt Standard or StuffIt Deluxe at $30. Both require Mac OS X 10.3 or later. [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).
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