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Keyboard-based Dock Navigation

If you're a fan of keyboard shortcuts and navigation, you may want try accessing the Dock from your keyboard. Press Control-F3 to enter the Dock's keyboard access mode. Then you can press a letter corresponding with an item's name to select it; press Return to open it, Command-Q to quit the selected application, or Escape to exit keyboard access mode. You can also use the arrow keys, Tab key, and other keyboard navigation keys to toggle between the Dock items.

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Apple Releases iMac, iLife, Pro Application Updates

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Apple has rolled out several bug-fix updates in the last week targeting specific machines or applications. The updaters are available via Software Update or as stand-alone downloads. They include:

  • iMac Software Update 1.1 provides unspecified bug fixes for 20-inch and 24-inch aluminum iMacs with 2.0, 2.4, and 2.8 GHz processors. It's a 5.1 MB download.
  • Keyboard Software Update 1.2 is also geared toward iMac owners as well as purchasers of the new aluminum keyboard. The update fixes problems with the keyboard's special features and is a 35.3 MB download.
  • Compatibility Update for QuickTime 7.2 "delivers increased compatibility with iLife," and is an 18.1 MB download.
  • iTunes 7.4.1 (for Mac and for Windows) adds support for the latest iPods and adds the new ringtone maker. The Mac version is a 38.3 MB download; the Windows version is a 49.1 MB download.
  • Pro Application Support 4.0.2 "addresses issues with keyboard interface reliability for Apple's professional applications and is recommended for all users of Final Cut Studio," according to Apple. The update is a 7.6 MB download.

 

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