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Open a Finder Window with the App Switcher

If you don't have any Finder windows open and want to switch to the Finder and open a window in one fell swoop, bring up the app switcher with Command-Tab and tab over to the Finder icon. While still holding down Command, press the Option key, and then release the Command key. You're switched to the Finder, with a new default window open for you.

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TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 12-Jan-09

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WireTap Studio 1.0.7 from Ambrosia Software is a minor update to the tool for recording and editing audio on your Mac. The update brings enhanced performance, more efficient memory usage, customizable keyboard shortcuts for starting and stopping recording, added support for the scroll wheel and multi-touch trackpad, improved drag and drop capabilities, and support for recording from Java apps and other applications with improperly coded bundle identifiers. ($69 new, free update, 26.6 MB)

Things 1.0 from Cultured Code is the first official release of the Getting Things Done-inspired task manager that has been steadily gaining attention while in public beta. Updates include a new Apple Help Book, refinements to existing keyboard shortcuts, new keyboard shortcuts and menu commands, and a bug fix that enables the search field to scroll when more text than it can hold is entered. ($49.95 new, 4.2 MB)

PDF Shrink 4.5 from Apago is a substantial upgrade to the company's PDF size reduction tool. The latest version enables users to shrink PDFs to fit on the iPhone and iPod touch. Other changes include improved support for Leopard, a new PDF encryption function, and the capability to shrink entire folders of PDF files. ($35 new, $14 upgrade, 5.2 MB)

CheckUp 2.0 from App4mac is a major upgrade to the multipurpose maintenance utility. Changes include an improved user interface, new memory testing capabilities, added performance optimization features, report exporting capabilities, a duplicate file search function, and a new documents tab view. For more on CheckUp, see Joe Kissell's review of version 1.0, "CheckUp 1.0: A Beautiful but Unripe Maintenance Utility," 2008-02-29. ($39.40, free update, 16.3 MB)

FileMaker Pro 10.0 from FileMaker Inc., is a major upgrade to the longstanding database application. Changes include a dramatic interface overhaul that features a new status toolbar. From the toolbar users can find or delete records, visualize the database's record holdings, and view data in lists, tables, or detailed icons. Also new are Dynamic Reports that enable users to make real-time changes to data, Script Triggers that can automate virtually any action, and a new Save Find feature that enables users to save frequent search terms and locate recent searches. Finally, the new version also contains 30 new Starter Solutions, and 10 new themes. FileMaker Pro 10.0 comes in Standard, Advanced (which contains an additional suite of advanced development and customization tools), Server, and Advanced Server editions. ($299/$499 Standard/Advanced, $179/$299 upgrade, 348/312 MB)

 

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