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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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Hardware-Related Updates Follow Apple Announcements

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Not long after Steve Jobs left the stage at last week's Apple press event, a succession of small updates began to pop up, some of which applied to the brand-new machines themselves. The following updates are available via Software Update or as stand-alone downloads.

People who unpacked their new aluminum iMacs were treated to iMac Software Update 1.0, which provides unspecified "important bug fixes." It's a 5.1 MB download.

The Keyboard Software Update 1.1 is intended for people who purchased the aluminum Apple Keyboard separately and enables features such as the remapped function keys that adjust brightness and activate Exposť. The update, a 32.1 MB download, covers both the wired and wireless versions, though the latter isn't expected to ship until next month.

The Mac Pro SMC Firmware Update 1.1 applies to Apple's desktop tower Macs and adjusts the fan behavior; it's a 544K download.

The company's latest professional laptops also gained a boost in the form of MacBook Pro Software Update 1.1, which contains important bug fixes and also addresses issues with Motion versions 2 and 3. The 14.7 MB download applies to the 2.2 GHz and 2.4 GHz MacBook Pro models.

 

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