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).
Kudos to the TidBITS staff for their dedicated work covering (and providing color commentary on) Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference keynote today. We have articles about OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion shipping in July with a few previously unannounced features, the new MacBook Air and MacBook Pro models (including the MacBook Pro with Retina Display), the minimal speed bump to the Mac Pro, and Apple’s extensive preview of iOS 6. We’re also pleased to announce “Take Control of Apple Mail in Lion” (with a free upgrade to “Take Control of Apple Mail in Mountain Lion”) and an upcoming live online presentation on what to do when MobileMe is shut off in a few weeks. Also, don’t miss the news about LinkedIn passwords being stolen and the latest shot in the DRM wars. Notable software releases this week include CloudPull 2.1, Script Debugger 5.0, Coda 2.0.1, PDFpen and PDFpenPro 5.8.3, and Firefox 13.0.
Apple revealed a few new features in Mountain Lion, and announced that the next-generation operating system will hit the Mac App Store in July for $19.99.Show full article
Apple updated the MacBook Air line with slightly faster processors, USB 3.0, and options for 8 GB of RAM and 512 GB of storage, all while dropping the prices of most configurations by $100.Show full article
The much-rumored Retina display debuts in a super-slim MacBook Pro model that’s quite like a MacBook Air in using only flash-based storage. The 15-inch screen packs in 2880 by 1800 pixels, or over 5 million pixels total.Show full article
For those expecting an exciting new Mac Pro tower, today’s speed-bump isn’t it. A previous build-to-order option of 12 cores is now standard, and runs at a slightly higher clock speed, but the price remains the same.Show full article
Joe Kissell’s ultimate guide to Apple Mail has now been updated for changes in Mac OS X 10.7 Lion, and everyone who buys a copy now will automatically receive a free copy of “Take Control of Apple Mail in Mountain Lion” once Apple releases Mountain Lion in July.Show full article
As a public service for those still confused and concerned by the upcoming MobileMe shutoff, we’re hosting a live online presentation by our own Joe Kissell about how to deal with the loss of MobileMe services, whether that involves switching to iCloud or using services from other companies. Join us live at 12 PM Eastern (9 AM Pacific) on Saturday, June 16th, or tune in later if you can’t watch live.Show full article
If you have a LinkedIn account, your login information was likely stolen along with that of 6.5 million other accounts. Time to change your password.Show full article
The latest novel by John Scalzi was supposed to be sold in ebook form without DRM. Unfortunately, some vendors, including Apple, didn’t get the memo.Show full article
iOS 6 provides maps with turn-by-turn directions, encourages Siri to provide more results, lets a lost phone’s finder call you, and gives you the option to sleep through annoying 2 AM calls. It’s due out in the third quarter of 2012, likely at the same time as the next iPhone model.Show full article
Notable software releases this week include CloudPull 2.1, Script Debugger 5.0, Coda 2.0.1, PDFpen and PDFpenPro 5.8.3, and Firefox 13.0.Show full article
The main happening this week was Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference, and although Apple’s webcast isn’t yet available, you can listen in on our color commentary during the presentation. Also, in an extremely troubling move, Apple refused to allow Rogue Amoeba’s Airfoil Speakers Touch into the App Store until Rogue Amoeba removed a perfectly legitimate feature. Boo!Show full article