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Springy Dock Tricks

If you drag a file and hover over Dock icons, various useful things happen which are similar to Finder springing. If it's a window, the window un-minimizes from the Dock. If it's a stack, the corresponding folder in the Finder opens. If it's the Finder, it brings the Finder to the foreground and opens a window if one doesn't exist already. But the coolest (and most hidden) springing trick is if you hover over an application and press the Space bar, the application comes to the foreground. This is great for things like grabbing a file from somewhere to drop into a Mail composition window that's otherwise hidden. Grab the file you want, hover over the Mail icon, press the Space bar, and Mail comes to the front for you to drop the file into the compose window. Be sure that Spring-Loaded Folders and Windows is enabled in the Finder Preferences window.

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Take Control News/18-Apr-05

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People at Apple aren't the only ones furiously preparing for Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger. We're putting the finishing touches on our slate of Take Control of Tiger ebooks, which we plan to ship right when Tiger does.

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Pre-orders Open for Our Tiger Ebooks -- Apple announced that Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger would ship at 6:00 PM on 29-Apr-05, prompting immediate questions in email from readers asking if we would be updating our ebooks for Tiger. But of course! A short time to publication is one of the major advantages of ebooks, and we've all been working extremely hard so we can release four ebooks simultaneously with Tiger itself.

Joe Kissell has installed Tiger at least 40 times by now in developing his all-new advice about how to best upgrade for "Take Control of Upgrading to Tiger." In adding coverage of Spotlight, Smart Folders, Dashboard, Automator, and more, Matt Neuburg has almost doubled the size of "Take Control of Customizing Tiger." And both Kirk McElhearn and Glenn Fleishman have meticulously researched all the large and small changes in Tiger for "Take Control of Users & Accounts in Tiger" and "Take Control of Sharing Files in Tiger."

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Needless to say, Apple would have our heads on a platter if we released these ebooks before Tiger shipped, so we'll be putting the finishing touches on each one and working on PDF production over the next two weeks. But if you can't wait, you can pre-order as many of the four ebooks as you'd like for the same price as they'll sell for after April 29th (that even applies to the discount bundles). If you choose to pre-order, at the end of the order process (your credit card will be charged), be sure to download the pre-order book covers, since they include the Check for Updates buttons you must click to download each full ebook. We will attempt to notify everyone who pre-orders via email when we release the final ebooks; make sure to select the "Notify me of new Take Control books via email" checkbox while ordering. When it comes time to download, click the Check for Updates button and then the download link in the Web page that loads.

And so the countdown to Tiger begins!

 

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