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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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Take Control News: Create Better AirPort Wireless Networks

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We are pleased to announce the release of the significantly rewritten "Take Control of Your 802.11n AirPort Network," the latest in our line of Glenn Fleishman's Take Control titles about AirPort wireless networking. With his usual good-natured enthusiasm, Glenn has created a fully updated ebook about AirPort networking, covering not only the practical details and real-world steps that you need to set up a fast, reliable, and secure wireless network, but also lots of details of interest for everyone from the beginner (basic terminology and concepts) to the experienced user (tricky IP addressing scenarios, IPv6, and software base stations). The 242-page ebook (perhaps our most comprehensive yet!) is available for $15, although those of you who already have one of Glenn's AirPort books should have already received email about free or discounted upgrades. Topics covered include:

  • Real-world advice - with diagrams - about setting up the 802.11n models of the AirPort Express, AirPort Extreme, and Time Capsule
  • Advice on whether the 2.4 GHz or 5 GHz band is best for your network
  • Tricks for including older 802.11b and 802.11g Wi-Fi gear without damaging performance
  • Step-by-step instructions on connecting from Macintosh and Windows clients
  • Details about handling complex Internet addressing configurations
  • The ins and outs of sharing USB disks, including a Time Capsule
  • Help with connecting shared printers to Leopard, Tiger, and Windows
  • A discussion of networking with and configuring an Apple TV
  • How to set up a multi-base-station network to extend the area of wireless coverage
  • The scoop on the up-and-coming IPv6 standard for handling IP addresses

Although the ebook focuses on Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard, it also covers Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger, Windows XP, and Windows Vista.

 

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