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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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Take Control News: Produce Professional-Looking Sites with iWeb

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Apple intends iWeb '08 to help Mac users create polished-looking Web sites, but not all of iWeb's features are easily understood or fully explained by Apple. The new "Take Control of iWeb: iLife '08 Edition," a 133-page ebook by iWeb expert Steve Sande, provides step-by-step instructions and plenty of time-saving tips to help you build a Web site and publish it on either .Mac or another Web host. You can watch over Steve's shoulder as he enhances iWeb's templates with a designer's eye, using tools like masks, reflections, and Instant Alpha. Steve teaches you the best ways to make all types of iWeb pages - including blog, podcast, photo, and movie pages - and he covers topics that go beyond the basics and way beyond the online help. You'll learn how to add special elements to your site, such as iPhoto albums and galleries, YouTube videos, Google AdSense ads, Google maps, and forms that feed into Google Docs. You'll also find coverage of how to edit graphics so your site loads faster, how to import podcasts and videos, how to make image maps, and even ideas for working with CafePress, Google Checkout, or Zen Cart to create an online store. The book is available for $10 in PDF form; those who would prefer a book-like, professionally printed copy can get one using the Print link on the cover of the ebook for an additional $10.99.

This new edition updates Steve's "Take Control of iWeb: iLife '06 Edition" with more tips, more advice, and more insider techniques than ever before. Owners of the previous edition who purchased before 01-Aug-07 can click the Check for Updates button on the first page of their copy of the ebook to access a special upgrade discount, and everyone who purchased after that date and who selected the "Notify me" checkbox when placing an order should already have received a download link for a free update. Contact us at tc-comments@tidbits.com for more details if you asked not to be notified or if our email didn't arrive.

 

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