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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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Missing Sync 4.0 Supports Latest Windows Mobile Devices

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Mark/Space has released The Missing Sync for Windows Mobile 4.0, which makes it possible to sync data between a Mac and Windows Mobile-based smartphones, notably adding compatibility with devices running the latest Windows Mobile 6. So if you've managed to avoid the intense gravitational pull of the iPhone and are instead using a Windows Mobile smartphone like the HTC Touch, Motorola Q9, or the Samsung Blackjack, The Missing Sync for Windows Mobile 4.0 can now import videos taken with the device and encode DRM-free QuickTime video from the Mac for playback on devices that support MP4 video. This new version also logs calls made on the smartphone and lets you sort and search them in a Call Log application on the Mac. All calls have basic information, but integration with Address Book on the Mac provides additional data about known contacts, and you can easily create contacts from call log data. Professionals who bill for their time can even export call log data to Excel or a database application. SMS messages are logged and transferred to the Mac too, with the same Address Book integration, providing a record of what could be important communications on the Mac. (Unfortunately, SMS support isn't available on the Palm Treo 700 and 750.)

These new features come in addition to previous support for syncing contacts from Address Book and Entourage, calendar events with iCal and Entourage, notes and voice recordings, Office files, photos with iPhoto, unprotected music from iTunes, and more.

The Missing Sync for Windows Mobile 4.0 costs $39.95 as an electronic download; CD versions will be available soon for $49.95. Upgrades for owners of 3.0 are free for anyone who purchased on or after 01-Jun-07; purchases before that date and of certain other Missing Sync products are entitled to a $24.95 upgrade. The product requires Mac OS X 10.4.9 on the Mac and works with devices using Windows Mobile 2002 (also called Pocket PC 2002), Windows Mobile 2003, Windows Mobile 5, and Windows Mobile 6. Visit Mark/Space's Web site to see if your Windows Mobile device is supported.

 

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