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Show Recent Items in Snow Leopard

The Recent Items submenu in the Apple menu is handy, but what if you want to work with a file in there in the Finder, rather than open it? Just press Command when that menu is showing, and all the Applications and Documents change to "Show ... in Finder." This feature is new as of Mac OS X 10.6.3 Snow Leopard.

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Fiwi Improves Finder Window Management

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Whenever I work in Finder, I want two windows open side-by-side, nearly filling the screen. Although it's not hard to set this up, it takes some fiddling and the windows do not stay as I want them for long. I have always wanted a button that would arrange them for me with one click. Mario Leonti is now offering this button in the form of a $0.99 AppleScript-based application called Fiwi. I put it in the Dock, I click on it instead of the Finder, and voila! My windows go just where I want them to. The application quits immediately afterward. A tiny product with enormous utility.

Before I put Fiwi in the Dock, I renamed it "FiwiC". Adding the "C" tells Fiwi to arrange the windows side-by-side, in columns. Renaming it "FiwiR" tells Fiwi to arrange the windows in vertically stacked rows. With its original name, Fiwi lets you choose between side-by-side and stacked windows.


Fiwi is an 84K download, and you can use it 99 times in demo mode to make sure it's something you'll find useful before buying.

 

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