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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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El Camino Becomes Real

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El Camino Becomes Real -- Even though Camino has been in development and available in one form or another for several years, the free, open-source Camino Web browser celebrated its 1.0 birth on Valentine's Day (14-Feb-06). With its roots in the same Mozilla development project that brought us Firefox and connections to Safari (Camino was originally called Chimera, and one of the primary Chimera developers went to Apple to work on the browser that became Safari), Camino offers the fast, lightweight Gecko rendering engine and a suite of modern browser features that may make it a prime candidate for your primary browser. Camino 1.0 supports tabbed browsing, pop-up and advertisement blocking, page security warnings, large picture scaling, a clean downloads experience, and broad media player support.

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Users who are happy with Safari, Firefox, or another favorite browser may still want to try Camino for its excellent rendering speed and integration with Mac OS X. Camino 1.0 is a universal binary, optimized for use on both PowerPC and Intel Macs. It requires Mac OS X 10.2.8 or later, and is available as a standard download (14.2 MB) or a multilingual download (19.5 MB) that supports Danish, Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Polish, Portuguese (for Brazil or Portugal), Russian, Slovak, and Swedish. [MHA]

 

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