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).
Apple news once again drives our coverage, with Apple’s announcement last week of the third-generation iPad, the third-generation Apple TV, iOS 5.1, iPhoto for iOS, and various updated iOS apps. Less emphasized was Apple’s cancellation of iWork.com, a stillborn collaboration service that never made it out of beta. In other news, Intuit has released Quicken Mac 2007 Lion Compatible, and we’re pleased to bring you our latest ebook, “Take Control of BBEdit.” Finally, Adam takes you on a hypertextual tour of some delightfully interconnected blog posts about how big media companies suffer from unauthorized copying largely because they’re not meeting the needs of their customers. Notable software releases this week include Safari 5.1.4; iTunes 10.6; iBooks Author 1.1; GarageBand ’11 6.0.5; iPhoto ’11 9.2.2; DEVONagent Lite, Express, and Pro 3.1.2; Adobe Lightroom 4.0; and Parallels Desktop 7.0.15055.
Intuit has released Quicken Mac 2007 OS X Lion Compatible, a reengineered version of the five-year-old finance application that works with Mac OS X 10.7. Yes, really.Show full article
Apple has officially put an end-of-life date on iWork.com, announcing that the collaboration service will be turned off as of 31 July 2012. It won’t be missed.Show full article
With the usual fanfare, Apple has revealed the third-generation iPad, showcasing the device’s Retina display, faster A5X processor, new rear-facing iSight camera with 1080p HD video recording, voice dictation capability, and optional 4G LTE wireless connectivity. All that, in very much the same form factor and at the same prices.Show full article
Apple’s hobby product, the Apple TV, was updated with a new user interface and to support 1080p video. The third-generation Apple TV remains priced at $99 and will ship this week. The previous model gains the new user interface but not support for 1080p video.Show full article
The recently released iOS 5.1 update adds a controversial 4G cellular label to the AT&T-specific iPhone 4S, plus a few new features, including a camera shortcut button on the lock screen.Show full article
iLife for iOS now has a third app, with a surprisingly rich iPhoto making its debut. GarageBand and iMovie for iOS both got welcome tweaks as well. And, rounding things out, a few other Apple apps for iOS received minor updates, too.Show full article
Our latest ebook, “Take Control of BBEdit,” explains how to accomplish real-world writing and coding tasks more efficiently than ever before, focusing on three main areas of usage: essential text-processing features for all BBEdit users, working with HTML from the level of the individual tag all the way to a dynamic Web site, and managing multi-resource projects. Show full article
In which Adam starts reading a blog post, backtracks to the comic strip that prompted the blog post, bounces off to read what Andy Ihnatko said, and ends up pondering how the concept of time-shifting as fair use plays into the big media landscape, among much else.Show full article
Notable software releases this week include Safari 5.1.4; iTunes 10.6; iBooks Author 1.1; GarageBand ’11 6.0.5; iPhoto ’11 9.2.2; DEVONagent Lite, Express, and Pro 3.1.2; Adobe Lightroom 4.0; and Parallels Desktop 7.0.15055.Show full article
Last week’s iPad announcement drives our ExtraBITS recommendations this week, with MacJury and Tech Night Owl Live podcasts, a tip about how to beam photos between iOS devices using the new iPhoto app, and Glenn Fleishman’s explanation of what 4G LTE means. On the troubling side, it seems that credit card companies are pressuring PayPal to rescind payment services from publishers deemed to be selling obscene ebooks.Show full article