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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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Our Favorite April Fools Jokes for 2012

The number of April Fools jokes may have been reduced this year, due to April 1st falling on a Sunday. But there were still plenty of good ones — here are a few of our favorites.Show full article

Get More Storage for Testing Dropbox Camera Uploads

If you’d like some extra storage space in your Dropbox account, you can get up to 3 GB for testing the Camera Upload feature in a beta version of Dropbox’s desktop application.Show full article

New “Take Control of CrashPlan Backups” Explains CrashPlan

We love the CrashPlan backup program and service because of all the places it can store your data, but we’ll be the first to admit that CrashPlan has a somewhat odd interface that benefits from the kind of thorough documentation that only Joe Kissell can provide.Show full article

Understand and Make the News with TidBITS, TUAW, and MacTech

If you’re in New York on 18 April 2012, come to MacTech Boot Camp to see TidBITS Publisher Adam Engst, TUAW Editor Michael T. Rose, and MacTech Publisher Neil Ticktin talk about the state of the Apple media world, with a focus on how consultants and small businesses can work with the media to increase exposure.Show full article

PhotoSync Bridges the Mac/iOS Divide for Images

Forget about connecting an iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch to your Mac with a cable. When you need to transfer images (both from and to the device), PhotoSync is quick and easy.Show full article

Incremental Change Wins Apple Big Gains

Every time Apple releases an updated product, analysts, pundits, and bloggers try to criticize the company for its timidity. Modest is a label worth wearing, though.Show full article

TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 2 April 2012

Notable software releases this week include Audio Hijack Pro 2.10.3, iPhoto ’11 9.2.3, Logic Pro 9.1.7 and Logic Express 9.1.7, iTunes 10.6.1, Airfoil 4.7, and Safari 5.1.5.Show full article

ExtraBITS for 2 April 2012

Apart from looking for the best April Fools articles this week, we found a great piece from Wil Shipley about why the Mac App Store needs paid upgrades, Farhad Manjoo’s explication of Google’s newfound focus at Slate, and a solid rundown of iPad charging issues by Dan Frakes over at Macworld. Plus, listen in as Adam talks to the Diablo Valley Mac User Group on MacVoicesTV.Show full article

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