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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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TidBITS Presents “Upgrading to and Using Mountain Lion”

We’re getting ready for our next big live event, which will cover upgrading to and using Mountain Lion, with TidBITS editors Joe Kissell and Matt Neuburg presenting. Let us know which days of the week work best for you!Show full article

Dropbox Public Folder Leaves and Returns

With users complaining after an announcement that the Dropbox Public folder would disappear from new accounts, Dropbox subsequently said that new users would be able to turn the Public folder on if they so wished, and that the Dropbox API would be extended to support developers who wanted to rely on the Public folder. All’s well that ends well.Show full article

Control Your Apple TV with Another Remote

If you’ve ever wished you could control your Apple TV with the same remote you use for your television, you’re in luck — it’s easy to do.Show full article

Are You Getting the Bandwidth You’re Paying For?

After being disappointed with the performance of his Internet connection, Adam Engst spent several weeks getting a new cable, upgrading to a higher service level, and swapping cable modems before Time Warner was able to provide the bandwidth he had been promised. It’s worth checking your Internet connection and making sure you’re getting what you’re paying for — read on for Adam’s advice on the best way to proceed.Show full article

Hunting the Elusive MPAA Rating Field in iTunes

After implementing iOS Restrictions settings to display only age-appropriate movies and TV shows on the iPad his five-year-old son uses, Agen Schmitz discovered the movies he had encoded himself were not filtered out because they didn’t include MPAA or TV Parental Guidelines ratings metadata. And there’s no way to add those ratings to a video file via iTunes. Here’s how he used the iDentify shareware app to protect his son from the evils of Louis C.K.Show full article

TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 16 July 2012

Notable software releases this week include Microsoft Office for Mac 2011 14.2.3, iPhoto ’11 9.3.1, and Audio Hijack Pro 2.10.4.Show full article

ExtraBITS for 16 July 2012

Two quick ExtraBITS for you this week: news of Apple withdrawing from, and then immediately rejoining, the EPEAT program for environmental stewardship; and the strange story of a Russian hacker who figured out how to trick iOS into allowing free in-app purchases.Show full article

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