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Open Files with Finder's App Switcher

Say you're in the Finder looking at a file and you want to open it with an application that's already running but which doesn't own that particular document. How? Switch to that app and choose File > Open? Too many steps. Choose Open With from the file's contextual menu? Takes too long, and the app might not be listed. Drag the file to the Dock and drop it onto the app's icon? The icon might be hard to find; worse, you might miss.

In Leopard there's a new solution: use the Command-Tab switcher. Yes, the Command-Tab switcher accepts drag-and-drop! The gesture required is a bit tricky. Start dragging the file in the Finder: move the file, but don't let up on the mouse button. With your other hand, press Command-Tab to summon the switcher, and don't let up on the Command key. Drag the file onto the application's icon in the switcher and let go of the mouse. (Now you can let go of the Command key too.) Extra tip: If you switch to the app beforehand, its icon in the Command-Tab switcher will be easy to find; it will be first (or second).

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Chapter 10 of “Take Control of Apple TV” Available

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Last week I said that the Apple TV isn’t just for entertainment, thanks to its AirPlay-powered presentation capabilities, so it’s a bit ironic for this week’s pre-release chapter of Josh Centers’s “Take Control of Apple TV” to be about games that are designed specifically for the Apple TV. No, there aren’t games you can install on the Apple TV itself, but thanks to AirPlay, you can play iOS games on the big screen via an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. With many games, that might not be a win, if you have to be looking at the device to know where to put your fingers, but a handful of games have been designed to be played on the Apple TV, with proper attention to using the full size of the screen and controls appropriate to the situation.

In Chapter 10, “Play Games on Apple TV” Josh offers capsule reviews of those games that are designed explicitly to be played on a large screen TV via AirPlay to the Apple TV. Since the fast response time required by games sometimes runs afoul of network or processing delays, Josh also provides a number of tips aimed at reducing latency so you’ll enjoy the best possible gaming experience.

As always, Chapter 1, “Introducing Apple TV,” is available for everyone to read, to see what “Take Control of Apple TV” is slated to cover. In a few more weeks, it will be available in PDF, EPUB, and Mobipocket (Kindle) formats, and TidBITS members can save 30 percent on this and all other Take Control titles. In the meantime, TidBITS members can read and comment on the following chapters:

We hope our TidBITS members have been enjoying this early look at “Take Control of Apple TV,” and if you haven’t yet joined the TidBITS membership program, this early access is only one of a number of perks we provide to thank you for your support. We don’t have the deep pockets of a corporate media behemoth, so support from our readers provides the majority of our funding and makes it possible for us to keep bringing you TidBITS each week. To get a sense what the TidBITS membership program means to us, see “Support TidBITS in 2014 via the TidBITS Membership Program” (9 December 2013).

 

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