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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 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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