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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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DealBITS Drawing: GarageSale 1.9

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A year ago, we did a DealBITS drawing for the program GarageSale, from GarageSale is a Mac OS X application that acts as a front-end for posting auctions on eBay. It integrates with iPhoto and the iSight camera, provides decent text-editing tools, and can track your auctions after posting. It was one of our most popular drawings; apparently lots of TidBITS readers post auctions via eBay and dislike eBay's Web-based interface. If you fall into that group, but haven't yet tried GarageSale, you have another chance to win a copy of the latest version, which now features a slew of nicely designed templates that you can use and customize for free (apparently eBay charges if you want to use their designs) and a streamlined interface. GarageSale also now takes advantage of Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger, via a Dashboard widget for tracking active auctions, with a new Core Image-savvy Image Editor to improve pictures, by searching auction templates with Spotlight, and by using Automator to work with auctions and images.


In this week's DealBITS drawing, you can enter to win one of three copies of GarageSale (the 5-machine Family Pack license), each worth $44.99. Entrants who aren't among our lucky winners will receive a discount on GarageSale (both the single-user and Family Pack license), so if you'd like a program to ease the process of posting an auction on eBay, be sure to enter at the DealBITS page linked below. All information gathered is covered by our comprehensive privacy policy. Be careful with your spam filters, since you must be able to receive email from my address to learn if you've won. Remember too, that if someone you refer to this drawing wins, you'll receive the same prize to reward you for spreading the word.



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