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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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SmileOnMyMac Releases browseback -- The Web is a vast place now, and even with search engines like Google, it can be difficult to find something you know you've seen before. SmileOnMyMac has a new take on browsing through the history of your Web surfing with browseback 1.0, which creates PDF thumbnails (they look like playing cards to me) of every page you visit and displays them in animated stacks. It's an elegant presentation, and if you're a visual person, being able to see pictures of pages you've visited may work better than looking at textual lists of page titles and URLs, as St. Clair Software's HistoryHound 1.8 provides. You can still perform full-text searches of the contents of visited pages in browseback, as you can in HistoryHound and OmniWeb 5, and you can also eliminate specific sites from the index to avoid cluttering it with Web-based applications that load numerous nearly identical pages. Once you've found the page you're looking for, you can view it in your Web browser, view the PDF of the page in Preview, save the PDF as a separate file, send the PDF to someone else via email, or print it. To use browseback, you do need Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger, but browseback can track your surfing in all the major Web browsers. It costs $30 and is a 2.4 MB download. [ACE]

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New for iOS 8: TextExpander 3 with custom keyboard.
Set up short abbreviations which expand to larger bits of text,
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