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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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A Few Important iMovie '08 Notes

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I've spent barely any time with iMovie '08 so far (I'm slammed with projects, and Apple's timing for iLife '08 didn't help any), but it's pretty clear that this iMovie is not the same beast that we're accustomed to. A few very preliminary notes:

  • This advice has always been true, but it's even more important now: If you're working on an iMovie project in a previous version, finish the project in that version. iMovie '08 can import iMovie HD projects, but it seems to be just a way to grab the raw video files. You'll lose transitions, etc.
  • iMovie '08 does not appear to have any support for third-party plug-ins. This version really is a completely different program that got named "iMovie."
  • When you install iLife '08, the previous version of iMovie HD stays on your system instead of being overwritten, as in versions of the past. If you're more interested in production value than quick-and-easy editing, you'll probably prefer to work in iMovie HD.
  • Some features you may be accustomed to are no longer present, such as DVD chapter markers and bookmarks. Gone too are themes, one of the major new features in iMovie HD 6.

More as I play around with it.

 

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