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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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Take Control Sale Ends 3 August 2010

If you missed hearing about our Take Control 50-percent-off sale, you still have another day to take advantage of the lower prices!Show full article

Safari 5.0.1 Brings Bug Fixes, Safari Extensions Gallery

Apple has updated Safari, activating extension capabilities and launching the new Safari Extensions Gallery, a one-stop shop for adding new features to the company's Web browser. Quite a few specific bugs and security vulnerabilities also received attention.Show full article

Apple Spreads Magic to New Trackpad, Battery Charger

Apple's new Magic Trackpad brings Multi-Touch gestures to all Bluetooth-capable Macs, not just the MacBook and MacBook Pro. The efficient Apple Battery Charger keeps the trackpad (and other devices) powered using Apple's long-lasting rechargeable AA batteries.Show full article

A Rational Response to a Magic Trackpad Glitch

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Jailbreaking Made Legal by Librarian of Congress

Every three years or so, the Librarian of Congress can issue exemptions to the encryption-cracking restrictions in the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. The latest rules make installing third-party software on an iPhone perfectly legal. But Apple doesn't have to make it easy.Show full article

Apple Updates iMac, Mac Pro, and Cinema Display

Apple has announced substantial speed and graphics updates to the iMac and Mac Pro lineups, and debuted a new 27-inch Cinema Display.Show full article

ScanSnap S1300 vs. Doxie: Two Portable Document Scanners

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TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 2 August 2010

Notable software releases this week include Snapz Pro X 2.2.3, Retrospect 8.2, and BBEdit 9.5.1.Show full article

ExtraBITS for 2 August 2010

Along with a pointer to Glenn Fleishman's appearance on the TechFlash radio show, we have links to Ars Technica's Magic Trackpad review, the news of Amazon releasing new Kindles, and a New York Times blog post that's scary for anyone spending most of the day at a desk.Show full article

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