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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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iOS 5.1.1 Addresses Bugs

Apple has released iOS 5.1.1, bringing bug fixes to the iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch.Show full article

Contribute Photos from May 15th to

On 15 May 2012, take photos of your daily life and upload them to, a non-profit project to document the state of our lives on that day.Show full article

Amazon Releases Cloud Drive Desktop App

Amazon has released a Cloud Drive desktop app for Mac OS X and Windows to enable transfers, but not synchronization, of files stored in its Cloud Drive service.Show full article

Capture Twitter Conversations with Tweetbot and Storify

Twitter client Tweetbot has added direct support for the social-conversation tool Storify to take conversations from Twitter and share them for annotation and commenting.Show full article

PodBOT Improves TidBITS Audio

The audio versions of articles that we record each week should have consistent loudness now, thanks to The Levelator and an internal tool called PodBOT that gives us a highly efficient workflow. The moral of the story is that tying applications together can result in something that’s far easier to use than the individual parts.Show full article

Apple ID Horror Story

Chris Owen shares the story of how his Apple ID — and all the Apple services associated with it — seemingly became corrupted, and what he had to do to get Apple to fix it. It’s worth thinking about how you’d deal with losing access to everything that’s under your Apple ID.Show full article

TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 7 May 2012

Notable software releases this week include Alfred 1.2, Transmit 4.1.9, SpamSieve 2.9.1, and Hazel 3.0.5.Show full article

ExtraBITS for 7 May 2012

We have lots of extra bits for you to check out this week, starting with a warning for those who used FileVault in Snow Leopard and then upgraded to Lion, a heads-up about the FBI looking to increase wiretapping capabilities, news of an improvement to the iPad 2, a nicely presented business argument against DRM, a report about Oracle taking over Java updates for Mac OS X, and an amusing parody of Apple’s 1984 ad that Apple itself made for its sales force.Show full article

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