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Opening a Folder from the Dock

Sick of the dock on Mac OS X Leopard not being able to open folders with a simple click, like sanity demands and like it used to be in Tiger? You can, of course click it, and then click again on Open in Finder, but that's twice as many clicks as it used to be. (And while you're at it, Control-click the folder, and choose both Display as Folder and View Content as List from the contextual menu. Once you have the content displaying as a list, there's an Open command right there, but that requires Control-clicking and choosing a menu item.) The closest you can get to opening a docked folder with a single click is Command-click, which opens its enclosing folder. However, if you instead put a file from the docked folder in the Dock, and Command-click that file, you'll see the folder you want. Of course, if you forget to press Command when clicking, you'll open the file, which may be even more annoying.

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Bare Bones Releases Multiple Updates

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While everyone's eyes were on Apple's iPhone last week, Bare Bones Software released updates to three of its applications. The company's flagship text editor BBEdit 8.6 improves Java and TeX handling, and adds support for the Markdown structured text format (which we use to produce TidBITS), including text coloring, folding of document structural elements, and previewing the results within BBEdit. New in this version are commands to save and copy text as styled HTML, which is helpful when posting code samples to the Web. BBEdit can also now read and write Mac OS X's binary property list format used for preference files. BBEdit 8.6 is a free update for owners of version 8.5 or higher, and is a 14 MB download.

Yojimbo 1.4 expands the organizer's AppleScript support and fixes bugs. This update is free for registered owners and is a 10.1 MB download. TextWrangler, the company's free text editor, jumps to version 2.2 with an interface overhaul to match BBEdit's look-and-feel as well as features such as support for the binary property list format, an enhanced Preferences window, and improvements to the built-in Java, TeX, and JavaScript language support. TextWrangler 2.2 is a 9.9 MB download. All of the company's updates require Mac OS X 10.4.

 

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