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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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There aren't many Mac programs that come with their own mascot, but the FTP/SFTP program Fetch has long stood out. It was one of the first graphical FTP programs on any platform, written in 1989 by Jim Matthews while working at Dartmouth College. Then, in 2000, Jim used some of his winnings from the Who Wants to Be a Millionaire television program to buy Fetch from Dartmouth, after which he resumed work on the program, porting it to Mac OS X, revamping the interface, and adding support for SFTP. The result is Fetch 5.0, a spare, elegant file transfer program, that's perfect for Web publishing, uploading and downloading from Internet FTP sites, sending files to service bureaus, and even just transferring files around your network.

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