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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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Apple Updates Final Cut Studio 2 Applications

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Apple has updated its Final Cut Studio 2 suite of applications, bringing Leopard compatibility and specific fixes to the set of video and audio editing tools. They're available via Software Update or as stand-alone downloads.

Final Cut Pro 6.0.2 (a 38 MB download) rolls in numerous improvements and compatibility updates, such as support for Sony XDCAM EX footage, the Sony HVR-V1 HDV camera, Sony HDV cameras that record to internal hard disks, the AVC-Intra footage format, and DVCPRO HD 720p50 footage. Support for the AVCHD format has been improved as well, though spanned clips ingested in Final Cut Pro 6.0.1 may need to be re-ingested. Other improvements include support for 60 fps drop frame timecode, 50p video formats, and Broadcast Wave Format (BWF) iXML metadata; new Motion templates; and a host of other fixes. Note that Final Cut Pro 6.0.2 projects are not backward compatible with Final Cut Pro 6.0.1.

The other updates aren't as involved, but include welcome changes nonetheless. Soundtrack Pro 2.0.2 (a 70 MB download) fixes issues with audio effects and adds support for 50 fps and 720p60 Final Cut Pro projects. DVD Studio Pro 4.2.1 (an 11.9 MB download) provides native support for more HDV and H.264 formats and fixes problems with processing still images and using multiple tapes in a DLT drive under Mac OS X 10.4.10. Motion 3.0.2 (a 20.6 MB download) adds support for 50 fps frame rates and 60 fps drop frame projects, and also improves performance in Motion master templates used in Final Cut Pro.

Color 1.0.2 (a 79.8 MB download) improves its support for the new formats in Final Cut Pro 6.0.2, addresses problems with round-trip operation between Color and Final Cut Pro, and fixes a number of other issues. Cinema Tools 4.0.1 (a 10 MB download) addresses bugs and limitations such as improper length values in pull lists, message text in exported lists, and support for PDF formatting. Compressor 3.0.2 (a 95.5 MB download) adds a Color tab in the Filters pane of the Inspector. Lastly, the Pro Applications Update 2007-02 (an 8.8 MB download) fixes underlying frameworks and shared components that affect these applications.

 

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