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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 14 October 2013

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KeyCue 7.0 -- Freshening up its look and adding new search and custom shortcut features, Ergonis has released version 7.0 of its KeyCue keyboard shortcut utility. KeyCue 7.0 now enables you to search for commands and shortcuts by entering a term in the search field that appears at the bottom of the shortcut table; all matching items are then highlighted. It also adds the capability to reveal hidden shortcuts that sometimes get filed away in help documents and printed manuals via user-definable custom shortcut descriptions. Additionally, these custom shortcuts can also include clicks and gestures with modifier keys. Ergonis has posted a number of these extended shortcut descriptions on its Download Extras Web page (for Adobe Illustrator, InDesign, and Photoshop, ProTools 9, and Sibelius 7, as well as a collection of OS X system-wide shortcuts) with more promised for the future.

But the most visible change is the addition of new themes, with eight new pre-installed themes, plus more available from the Ergonis Download Extras Web page (the bonus Blackboard theme is shown below). Ergonis also provides a downloadable manual that explains how to create your own themes or modify existing themes.


Other changes include the capability to invoke KeyCue via an Apple event, a fix for an issue that would incorrectly activate a previously selected menu command after dismissing the shortcut window with the Escape key, and adding a persistent way to access the settings window in all spaces. If you purchased a KeyCue 6 license on or after 1 January 2013, you can upgrade to KeyCue 7.0 for free. For purchases made before that date, you can upgrade to the new version for €9.99 for a single user license or €14.99 for a family pack license. (€19.99 new with a 25 percent discount for TidBITS members, free update, 3.4 MB, release notes)

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Microsoft Office 2011 14.3.8 -- Microsoft has updated Office 2011 to version 14.3.8, a maintenance release that’s focused solely on tightening security. According to the relevant security bulletin, the update addresses two privately reported vulnerabilities that could allow remote code execution with a specially crafted Excel file. It also notes that those who use Office 2011 with administrative user rights could be more impacted than those with more restrictive user permissions. (Free update via the Office for Mac Web site or through Microsoft AutoUpdate, 113 MB)

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SpamSieve 2.9.9 -- C-Command Software has updated SpamSieve to version 2.9.9 with added compatibility for the golden master of OS X 10.9 Mavericks, which was recently released to developers and will ultimately be the build that gets released to the public. C-Command recommends that you update to SpamSieve 2.9.9 before installing Mavericks, but if OS X 10.9 is already installed then you should choose SpamSieve > Install Apple Mail Plug-In. The update also adds a Apple Mail — Server Junk Mailbox script, fixes some problems where the Open Window command in Apple Mail wasn’t available, adds the capability to repair ownership and permissions of SpamSieve and Apple Mail preferences, and makes improvements to SpamSieve’s filtering accuracy. ($30 new with a 20 percent discount for TidBITS members, free update, 10.8 MB, release notes)

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ClamXav 2.6.1 -- Mark Allan has released ClamXav 2.6, which updates the ClamAV engine to version 0.98. ClamXav, Sentry, and the ClamAV engine are now 32/64-bit, and ClamXav now requires Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard and an Intel processor. The release also adds compatibility with Notification Center on 10.8 Mountain Lion for ClamXav (but not Sentry), fixes issues with unnecessary reporting of quarantine folders and updated virus definitions, adds a timestamp to logs of scheduled scans, and makes improvements to the French, Italian, and Czech localizations. Shortly after the 2.6 release, 2.6.1 was released with a fix for 32-bit machines running Snow Leopard. (Free, 19.8 MB, release notes)

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