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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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Apple Reveals More about Mac OS X Lion

Apple has released the developer preview of Mac OS X Lion, revealing a few more features, such as an improved Mail, wireless file copying between Macs with AirDrop, version control with Versions, and full-disk encryption with the all new FileVault.Show full article

Apple Updates MacBook Pro Line with Thunderbolt

The new MacBook Pro line retains its aluminum unibody design but features faster processors (quad-core for the 15- and 17-inch models), 10 Gbps Thunderbolt I/O, and new FaceTime HD cameras.Show full article

Secrets of Thunderbolt and Lion

The coverage of the new Thunderbolt input/output port and Mac OS X Lion has been extensive, but we found a few elements that have been overlooked along the way.Show full article

Updated Ebooks for New Users: iPhone and iPad Basics

We’ve just updated our “Take Control of iPhone Basics, iOS 4 Edition” and “Take Control of iPad Basics”—the trick now is to get the word out so people stop asking if we have books that will help new buyers.Show full article

Amazon Offers Free Video Streaming for Prime Members

The Amazon Prime membership program has long provided free two-day shipping and $3.99 one-day shipping for a $79 annual fee. Now Amazon Prime members also receive free streaming of 5,000 movies and TV shows.Show full article

Why Steve Jobs Shouldn’t Return to Apple

Steve Jobs has left the building, and while he may be back, there’s no reason it should be in an official capacity, since Apple successfully played down the transition. Why do it again?Show full article

TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 28 February 2011

Notable software releases this week include FaceTime 1.0 and, well, not much else.Show full article

ExtraBITS for 28 February 2011

Steve Jobs turned 56 last week, Adam was interviewed about the iPad and publishing, and a number of developers have banded together to raise money to help the Christchurch earthquake relief efforts. Read on!Show full article

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