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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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Announcing the TidBITS Video Podcast

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Announcing the TidBITS Video Podcast -- One aspect of being an all-digital publication is that we can take advantage of new technologies that are out of the reach of paper publishers. TidBITS is, after all, just lots of digital bits, which can be arranged in a multitude of media. Now, after a fair bit of trial and error, we're happy to announce our new TidBITS Video Podcast.

Publishing a video podcast is not an easy endeavor, due to the many choices that the producer faces: How much live video footage do you use, versus animation or photo slideshows? What type of setting do you use as a backdrop? Do you need extra lighting? And what about audio? What equipment should you use to capture good sound? Do you use background music, and if so, where does it come from (and is it properly licensed)? And finally, how can we create a podcast that captures the ethos and spirit of TidBITS? Fortunately, the TidBITS staff is a talented group of folks, so we were able to tap into my knowledge of video editing, Geoff's experience as a professional musician, and the editorial expertise of the rest of the staff to create a podcast that we're sure will entertain and inform. The TidBITS Video Podcast is free, of course, and available at the URL below; we're in the process of setting up a subscription via iTunes, Safari, or other RSS-capable applications. [JLC]

<http://www.tidbits.com/resources/823/ TbVideoPodcast2.mov>

 

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