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).
The big news that didn't surface during Steve Jobs's WWDC keynote last week was the release of Safari 5, and Adam takes a hard look at the Web browser's new features. For more from Steve Jobs, also read Doug McLean's summary of Jobs's unscripted discussion with Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher at the D8 conference shortly before WWDC. In other news, AT&T will allow eligibility transfers for iPhone 4 upgrades in family plans, Adobe has released an essential update to Flash Player, we've uncovered some details about the forthcoming iMovie for iPhone, and Retrospect has been acquired by Sonic Solutions. Also, be sure to enter this week's drawing for a Drobo, and if you didn't win in last week's drawing for Boinx's iStopMotion, you can save 20 percent on new orders. Notable software releases this week include PasswordWallet 4.5.3, MacSpeech Scribe 1.1, 1Password 3.2.1, Microsoft Office 2008 for Mac 12.2.5 Update, Microsoft Office 2004 for Mac 11.5.9 Update, Cyberduck 3.5, and Photoshop Lightroom 3.0.
Your partner, spouse, or significant other is eligible for an iPhone 4 upgrade with AT&T, and you are not. He or she doesn't want one. You do. You're in luck.Show full article
Adobe has released an update to Flash Player that resolves the recent security vulnerability and many others; we strongly encourage you to upgrade both Flash Player and, if you're using it, Adobe AIR.Show full article
TidBITS uncovers some key details about the upcoming iMovie for iPhone app, including whether it will be available for models other than the iPhone 4, if projects can be transferred to the Mac, whether it will run on the iPad, and the expected ship date.Show full article
New software from the maker of the Freedom utility enables you to disable your access to social-networking sites for a period of time you determine.Show full article
We've had some good DealBITS drawings in the past, but this week's is particularly compelling, since you can enter to win not a piece of software, but a Drobo, a simple, scalable storage device that gives you the peace of mind of a RAID without the fussiness of matching drives or messing with complex management software. If you're looking for a reliable backup device or home media storage device, be sure to enter this week's DealBITS drawing!Show full article
See who won copies of iStopMotion Home 2 in last week's DealBITS drawing, and if you're not among them, read on to save 20 percent on any edition of the stop motion animation software.Show full article
The venerable backup program Retrospect has been acquired from EMC by Sonic Solutions, the parent company of Roxio. Will the move help it regain its former dominant position in the Macintosh backup market?Show full article
Nearly a week before the recent WWDC keynote speech, Steve Jobs took another stage, at the Wall Street Journal's D8 Conference, to answer questions both big and small about Apple. Here's a glance at some of the more interesting responses that came out of that unscripted conversation.Show full article
During a WWDC largely aimed at the iOS, Apple quietly released Safari 5, adding a new Safari Reader mode for removing visual distractions from Web pages, enhancing HTML5 support, improving performance, and announcing a Safari Developer Program that will enable developers to create Safari Extensions. Adam looks hard at the new features.Show full article
Notable software releases this week include PasswordWallet 4.5.3, MacSpeech Scribe 1.1, 1Password 3.2.1, Microsoft Office 2008 for Mac 12.2.5 Update, Microsoft Office 2004 for Mac 11.5.9 Update, Cyberduck 3.5, and Photoshop Lightroom 3.0.Show full article
Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference generated most of the news last week, leading to TidBITS staffers making guest appearances on the MacNotables and Tech Night Owl podcasts. Also, we point at the keynote video itself, along with an article Glenn wrote for Ars Technica giving a possible explanation for the keynote's Wi-Fi-related failure. In other news, an AT&T security breach revealed some iPad user email addresses, and Second Life laid off 30 percent of its workforce.Show full article