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 surprise news for the week was Apple’s quiet discontinuation of the Xserve; datacenter expert Chuck Goolsbee delivers its eulogy. In iLife news, Adam covers the release of iPhoto ’11 9.1, which restores calendar functionality, and Jeff Carlson reveals 15 secrets of iMovie ’11. Lex Friedman explains how to fix a “file not found” error when syncing an iPad, Adam looks at the release of the Simon server monitoring tool, and we’re pleased to release Sharon Zardetto’s new ebook, “Take Control of Safari 5.” We also have a DealBITS discount on PDFpen and PDFpenPro from Smile, and a new DealBITS drawing for Simon. Notable software releases this week include TweetDeck 0.36.1, Mac Pro EFI Firmware Update 1.5, Data Rescue 3.1, Adobe InDesign CS5 7.0.3, Logic Express 9.1.3, PopChar X 5.1, and TwitExport 2.0.1.
Apple’s release of iPhoto ’11 9.1 brings back support for calendars, just in time for the holiday season and the new year.Show full article
An ambiguous iTunes error message when syncing your iPad has an easy—but non-obvious—fix.Show full article
The server monitoring tool Simon has been upgraded to version 3.0, gaining interface refinements and powerful filters that help you analyze the results of the Internet services you test.Show full article
The definitive Safari 5 guide from long-time Mac expert Sharon Zardetto explores Safari features both new and old and provides the practical advice you need to use Safari to its fullest.Show full article
See who won copies of PDFpenPro 5 in last week’s DealBITS drawing, and if you’re not among them, read on to save 25 percent on Smile’s PDF editing software. Show full article
If you need to monitor servers or watch Web pages for changes, Dejal’s Simon 3.0 is the tool you need. Enter to win a copy of the $499 monitoring tool in this week’s DealBITS drawing! Show full article
Think the new iMovie is just about making movie trailers? Jeff Carlson uncovers 15 hidden or not-quite-obvious features and details about iMovie ’11.Show full article
Datacenter professional Chuck Goolsbee reflects on the Xserve, what it was, what it could have been, and why it never got the chance to fulfill its potential.Show full article
Notable software releases this week include TweetDeck 0.36.1, Mac Pro EFI Firmware Update 1.5, Data Rescue 3.1, Adobe InDesign CS5 7.0.3, Logic Express 9.1.3, PopChar X 5.1, and TwitExport 2.0.1.Show full article
Three additional bits for you this week: a warning of a daylight saving time bug in iOS 4.1, news of the Hulu Plus service becoming available without an invitation, and a MacVoices podcast in which Jeff Carlson talks about iMovie ’11.Show full article