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Avoid Long Hierarchical Menus

If you right-click (or Control-click) on some item, such as a file in the Finder, and one of the sub-menus has many options (Open With is a frequent culprit), it may take several seconds to open, even on a fast machine, which is annoying if you did not actually want that sub-menu.

The trick is to not pull the cursor through the menu, but in a curve around it, so the cursor does not touch any menu items until lower on the list where you wanted to go.

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TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 25 March 2013

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Skype 6.3 -- Microsoft has released Skype 6.3, a maintenance release to the Internet telephony app with a smattering of new features. The update adds a slideshow view that displays other participants when you are the current speaker in a group call (including group calls when someone else is screen sharing). It also adds an in-call dial pad for generating DTMF (dual-tone multi-frequency) tones, which is displayed after pressing the dial pad in the call toolbar while you’re on a call with a phone number. The release also brings several improvements, including the capability to sign into Skype when using Ecamm’s Call Recorder software and optimized preference menus for Danish, Italian, Japanese, and Korean localizations. (Free, 37.5 MB, release notes)

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PopChar X 6.2 -- Ergonis Software has released PopChar X 6.2 with a couple of improvements for quickly finding special characters in the font discovery utility. The update adds a Command-F keyboard shortcut to enter the search field, and you can also start typing a search string when the cursor is in PopChar’s character table. The contextual menu gets a couple of additions, including a Copy Character Description command that copies a brief summary of the selected Unicode character and a Copy Font List command that copies a list of font names. The release also adds support for Unicode 6.2, improves appearance of the group pop-up button (particularly for Retina displays), fixes a bug that prevented some fonts from being detected in certain apps (such as Microsoft Word), and provides a workaround for window flickering on OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion. Finally, you can now manually launch PopChar and open the PopChar window by double-clicking its icon in the Finder. Previously, double-clicking the Finder icon closed the PopChar window if it had already been open. (€29.99 new with a 25-percent discount for TidBITS members, free update, 3.6 MB, release notes)

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