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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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New Retrospect 6.1 Updates

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After releasing Retrospect 6.1 several weeks ago (see "Retrospect 6.1 Gains Full Tiger Compatibility" in TidBITS-799), EMC Dantz has pumped out a few more minor updates. Most interesting is Retrospect Express 6.1, which is a free update for anyone who received Retrospect Express 6.0 bundled with an external hard drive; Retrospect Express isn't sold separately any more. (Note that you must install Retrospect Express 6.0 before attempting to update to 6.1). As with the full Retrospect 6.1, Retrospect Express 6.1 now supports Tiger's extended attributes and access control lists, along with providing some bug fixes and tweaks for full Tiger compatibility. Also released recently was an update to the Retrospect Client software that fixes a bug that caused Net Retry errors; Retrospect Client wasn't properly deleting the old retropds.log file on the client system. If you installed Retrospect 6.1 before 12-Oct-05, be sure to download and install Retrospect Client 6.1.107 or later. You may have to install it manually, since the Net Retry problem can affect updating remotely from Retrospect, but the benefit of installing manually is that the new Retrospect Client installer can automatically add exceptions to the Mac OS X firewall for itself.

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Also, there was some confusion related to our initial coverage of Retrospect 6.1, since we said that Retrospect 6.1 provided full Tiger compatibility, and yet there's a note in the Read Me that talks about how Retrospect doesn't back up the Spotlight database (specifically, it excludes the .Spotlight-V100 directory). Retrospect is doing the right thing here - since the Spotlight database won't be correct for the content on a restored volume, there's no point in backing it up and restoring it. Spotlight rebuilds the database in the background after you restore.

Other Notes of Interest -- Retrospect 6.1 now always creates separate data and catalog files by default, and these files must be stored together in the same directory and not renamed. This approach is necessary to avoid the Mac OS-imposed limit of 16 MB in a file's resource fork, which was where Retrospect previously saved catalog data. Although Retrospect 6.1 supports backup sets created with Retrospect 6.0, once you write to a Retrospect 6.0-created backup set, you may receive errors if you try to restore from that backup set using the older Retrospect 6.0 again. Similarly, Retrospect 6.0 cannot use new backup sets created with 6.1. Lastly, to back up and restore Spotlight comments correctly, you must back up and restore an entire volume or subvolume to avoid the Spotlight comments going missing or being out of date; EMC Dantz says this limitation is due to the way Apple implemented Spotlight comments. For more, be sure to check out the full Read Me.

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