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).
Finally, a breather from non-stop breaking news! This week we step back a bit to share some useful evergreen content from a variety of contributors. Glenn Fleishman leads with a short article pointing to a 15-minute screencast he has created to walk users through the new AirPort Utility 6.0, and Marshall Clow joins us with a review of the improbably named iSesamo (it’s a spudger, and if that doesn’t help, you’ll really have to read the article). While trudging through an hour-long installation process to get a Fujitsu ScanSnap scanner working, Michael Cohen points out that hardware companies need to devote just as much attention to their software. Steve McCabe contributes a look at FileMaker Go for the iPhone, which lets you use FileMaker Pro databases while out and about. Finally, Tonya anchors the issue with a detailed look at some of the real-world strategies she has developed for switching from Microsoft Word to Apple’s Pages. Notable software releases this week include Bookle 1.0.3; Piezo 1.1.2; Firmware Updates for iMac, MacBook Pro, and MacBook Air; Carbon Copy Cloner 3.4.4; and ChronoSync 4.3 and ChronoAgent 1.3.
Curious about the new AirPort Utility 6.0 for Mac OS X 10.7 Lion? Glenn Fleishman has recorded a 15-minute screencast showing where all the features are hidden and some of the differences between the earlier 5.x version and the new 6.0 one.Show full article
Disappointed by the single-use nature of cheap plastic spudgers for getting into electronic gadgets, Marshall Clow gives the iSesamo spudger from Newer Technology a test run.Show full article
The Fujitsu ScanSnap S1100 your author got at Macworld | iWorld does the job, but the hour-long installation process almost made him snap.Show full article
Ever wanted to access a FileMaker database on your iPhone or iPad? The solution to that problem is FileMaker Go, but you may need to modify your database to make it useable, particularly on the iPhone’s small screen.Show full article
Switching from one word processor to another, from Word to Pages in this case, may sound easy, but it’s anything but, especially when you’re dealing with long, complex documents and a workgroup of authors and editors. Tonya Engst shares some of the strategies we picked up while making the switch for Take Control.Show full article
Notable software releases this week include Bookle 1.0.3; Piezo 1.1.2; Firmware Updates for iMac, MacBook Pro, and MacBook Air; Carbon Copy Cloner 3.4.4; and ChronoSync 4.3 and ChronoAgent 1.3.Show full article
This week we have some good stuff for you! Adam and his Bookle collaborator Peter Lewis joined Chuck Joiner of MacVoices to share the story behind their new EPUB reader for the Mac, Apple has announced special voluntary audits of Apple suppliers by the Fair Labor Association, our friend Dan Frakes at Macworld has finally figured out how to make a bootable Lion installer for new Macs, Instapaper developer Marco Arment blows the whistle on how apps are allowed free access to your iOS contact and calendar databases, and we learn that iTunes Match really is paying some royalties to copyright holders.Show full article