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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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Mysterious .Mac Slowdowns in Europe

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A TidBITS reader contacted us this week wondering if we'd experienced or heard of an issue where subscribers to .Mac in Europe are seeing unusually slow download speeds (capped at roughly 768 Kbps). (More information can be found at Apple's discussion forums.) The issue doesn't appear to affect customers in the United States, prompting the reader to speculate that Apple must be deliberately throttling the bandwidth. No one on the TidBITS staff had experienced this (including Joe Kissell, who now lives in Paris), so I forwarded the message to a contact in Apple's PR department.

Now, please understand that we at TidBITS don't have some special phone line to Cupertino, though there are definitely times when we wish we did. However, this time I got a reply. According to an Apple representative, the only time bandwidth is restricted is when a .Mac customer has exceeded his or her allotted data transfer limit (currently 100 GB per month "for full members and Family Pack master accounts, and 25 GB for Family Pack sub-accounts.") There's no other policy limiting bandwidth, especially based on geography. She also said that Apple is looking into the issue to determine what could be causing the slowdown.


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