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Springy Dock Tricks

If you drag a file and hover over Dock icons, various useful things happen which are similar to Finder springing. If it's a window, the window un-minimizes from the Dock. If it's a stack, the corresponding folder in the Finder opens. If it's the Finder, it brings the Finder to the foreground and opens a window if one doesn't exist already. But the coolest (and most hidden) springing trick is if you hover over an application and press the Space bar, the application comes to the foreground. This is great for things like grabbing a file from somewhere to drop into a Mail composition window that's otherwise hidden. Grab the file you want, hover over the Mail icon, press the Space bar, and Mail comes to the front for you to drop the file into the compose window. Be sure that Spring-Loaded Folders and Windows is enabled in the Finder Preferences window.

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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

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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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