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).
In advance of this week’s media event, Apple has unveiled new MacBook Pro models and a developer preview of Mac OS X Lion. Adam first looks at the new features Apple revealed for Lion, and then turns his attention to the new MacBook Pro models, focusing on the Thunderbolt I/O technology, the new quad-core Intel CPUs, and the high-resolution FaceTime camera. Glenn Fleishman follows up with additional details about Thunderbolt and Lion. In other news, Amazon added free video streaming to the Amazon Prime membership program, we released updates to our iPad and iPhone Basics ebooks, and Adam suggests that it doesn’t make sense for Steve Jobs to return to Apple (while still doing whatever he wants behind the scenes). Notable software releases this week include FaceTime 1.0 and, well, not much else.
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
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
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
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
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
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
Notable software releases this week include FaceTime 1.0 and, well, not much else.Show full article
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