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Opening a Folder from the Dock

Sick of the dock on Mac OS X Leopard not being able to open folders with a simple click, like sanity demands and like it used to be in Tiger? You can, of course click it, and then click again on Open in Finder, but that's twice as many clicks as it used to be. (And while you're at it, Control-click the folder, and choose both Display as Folder and View Content as List from the contextual menu. Once you have the content displaying as a list, there's an Open command right there, but that requires Control-clicking and choosing a menu item.) The closest you can get to opening a docked folder with a single click is Command-click, which opens its enclosing folder. However, if you instead put a file from the docked folder in the Dock, and Command-click that file, you'll see the folder you want. Of course, if you forget to press Command when clicking, you'll open the file, which may be even more annoying.

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TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 21-Apr-08

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  • Apple TV 2.0.2 is a bug-fix update that address wireless network reliability (presumably to correct a problem when using it on an 802.11n network set to use the 5 GHz frequency, though Apple's release notes do not call out specific details). The update is available only through the Apple TV: from the main screen, choose Settings > General > Update Software. (Free)
  • Mactracker 5.0.2 by Ian Page adds the latest Apple hardware to his application for tracking all the technical details of Macintosh models. Mactracker 5.0.2 also adds Brightness and DPI information where available for the built-in displays of MacBook, MacBook Air, and MacBook Pro models; and it now details the maximum supported resolution for an external display for the Mac mini, MacBook, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, and PowerBook G3/G4 models. Mactracker is also available as a Web application for the iPhone and iPod touch. (Donationware, 20.9 MB)
  • 1Password 2.5.13 from Agile Web Solutions updates the browser-independent password manager and form filler to work with the just-released Camino 1.6. However, another update will be required to restore 1Password support for the recently released OmniWeb 5.7. ($34.95 new, free update, 9.1 MB)
  • Teleport 1.0.1 from Abyssoft fixes a number of bugs in the virtual keyboard and mouse switcher that enables you to control multiple Macs from the same keyboard and mouse. Version 1.0.1 also provides Panther compatibility, adds an Unpair button on paired hosts, and provides a Shared Screen button when the shared Mac has multiple monitors. For more on Teleport, see "Tools We Use: Teleport" (2007-08-27). (Donationware, 717K)
  • Camino 1.6 from The Camino Project adds several major new features to the Mac-focused, Gecko-based Web browser, including automatic software updates, improvements to tabbed browsing, and more extensive compatibility with the Mac OS X Keychain. Camino 1.6 also features user-changeable search engine options, an improved interface for finding text within the current page, AppleScript enhancements, and a variety of bug fixes. (Free, 15.5 MB for English-only or 18.1 MB for multilingual)
  • Interarchy 9.0.1 from Nolobe fixes numerous problems that plagued the previous release of the file transfer software. Notably, you can now set editors for filetypes within Interarchy and so the setting applies only within Interarchy; copying and pasting will now perform a copy rather than a move; numerous crashing bugs have been squashed; and much more. If you use Interarchy, this update is a must. ($59 new, free update, 6.6 MB)
  • ConceptDraw 7.6 from CS Odessa speeds start-up performance of the business graphics application by 10 to 20 percent, significantly improves the text editing performance when working with Chinese and Arabic characters, and addresses other unspecified issues. ($299 new, free update)
  • Google Earth 4.3 enhances Google's virtual globe with the addition of Google Street View when you get down to street level in some areas, new first-person controls that make flying around Google Earth more like a video game, time lapse sunrises and sunsets, photo-realistic buildings from cities around the world, and faster 3D graphics. (Free, 33.1 MB)
  • Typinator 3.0 from Ergonis turns the auto-correcting and abbreviation expansion utility into a background application with an icon in the menu bar for accessing its interface. Other improvements include a search field in the toolbar to aid in finding abbreviations and expansions, single-character abbreviations, automatic checking of new versions, and fixes for a number of specific bugs. (19.99 euros new, free updates for 2 years, 1.8 MB)


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