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).
For those overwhelmed by the industry's focus on the iPhone and iPad, this week's issue should be a refreshing dose of Web- and Mac-oriented content. To start, iCal looms large, with Matt Neuburg making the switch from Remember? with the help of two geeky freeware tools, and Mark Anbinder covering another iCal-related utility, Today, which shows upcoming events in a floating window. Plus, Lex Friedman reviews the GadgetTrak 3 theft-recovery software, and we welcome as sponsors the Mac-focused Useful Fruit Software and Econ Technologies. On the Web side of things, Glenn Fleishman covers the shuttering of Google Wave and Adam examines Smith Micro's new SendStuffNow file-sharing service. Notable software releases this week include Pear Note 2.0, ScreenFlow 2.1.2, Interarchy 10.0.1, and Digital Camera Raw Compatibility Update 3.3.
Google has shuttered its Google Wave live collaborative document editing and commenting system. We at TidBITS tried to use it and could never quite figure out whether it helped us or just confused us; apparently, that was true of everyone else, too.Show full article
We're pleased to welcome a pair of new TidBITS sponsors: Useful Fruit Software, makers of Pear Note, and Econ Technologies, makers of ChronoSync.Show full article
An unattended MacBook is a tempting target, so if you're at all concerned about theft, either from your home or office (where laptops are easier to grab than desktop computers) or while you're out and about, GadgetTrak Laptop 3 can provide you with the location and identification information that police can use to recover your machine.Show full article
After upgrading to Safari 5.0.1, you may notice the text insertion point in Gmail's message creation windows disappearing if you're using either Safari or Mailplane. Read on for solutions.Show full article
For individuals or organizations looking to solve the problem of how to share large files via email, Smith Micro has a new service called SendStuffNow. While not revolutionary, SendStuffNow offers a sleek interface and useful group administration options.Show full article
Second Gear Software's Today is a clear example of software you didn't know you needed until you've tried it. The utility offers a single-window glance at your calendar and tasks for the day, whether or not iCal and Mail are open.Show full article
How Matt Neuburg's reluctance to switch to iCal was overcome with the help of some really cool free software.Show full article
Notable software releases this week include Pear Note 2.0, ScreenFlow 2.1.2, Interarchy 10.0.1, and Digital Camera Raw Compatibility Update 3.3.Show full article
The guy in charge of iPhone engineering has left Apple - did he jump or was he pushed? Also this week, we were reading about Apple's Smart Bicycle patent, Microsoft's details surrounding Office 2011, and ways of saving money on cellular charges when travelling. Finally, Glenn Fleishman talked about iPhone GPS apps on the MacVoices podcast. Show full article