Opening a Folder from the Dock
Sick of the dock on Mac OS X Leopard not being able to open folders with a simple click, like sanity demands and like it used to be in Tiger? You can, of course click it, and then click again on Open in Finder, but that's twice as many clicks as it used to be. (And while you're at it, Control-click the folder, and choose both Display as Folder and View Content as List from the contextual menu. Once you have the content displaying as a list, there's an Open command right there, but that requires Control-clicking and choosing a menu item.) The closest you can get to opening a docked folder with a single click is Command-click, which opens its enclosing folder. However, if you instead put a file from the docked folder in the Dock, and Command-click that file, you'll see the folder you want. Of course, if you forget to press Command when clicking, you'll open the file, which may be even more annoying.
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Mountain Lion continues to monopolize our coverage this week. First off, for that in-person touch, be sure to watch our TidBITS Presents “Upgrading to and Using Mountain Lion” video. Otherwise, we’re exploring Mountain Lion’s territory in more depth, with Kirk McElhearn sharing tips for successful voice dictation, Shane Stanley explaining how Mountain Lion makes some subtle but important changes for anyone writing AppleScript scripts, Matt Neuburg showing how Mountain Lion fails to fix Lion’s poor interface with regard to Automatic Termination, and Adam Engst looking at how to bring Web Sharing back to Mountain Lion. Notable software releases this week include MacBook Pro Retina SMC Update 1.0, Coda 2.0.2, Airfoil 4.7.2, Audio Hijack Pro 2.10.5, TinkerTool 4.9, PDFpen and PDFpenPro 5.8.5, and Voila 3.2 and Boom 1.5.
Looking for details on the best ways to upgrade to Mountain Lion and take advantage of its new features? If you enjoy video presentations, tune in to our second TidBITS Presents event to watch Joe Kissell and Matt Neuburg share tips from their Mountain Lion books.Show full article
With Mountain Lion, Apple removed the Web Sharing options from the Sharing preference pane, but left the underlying Apache software installed. You could buy Apple’s OS X Server to bring back Web serving capabilities, but if that’s overkill, you can instead control Mountain Lion’s Apache from the command line or use a free preference pane from developer Tyler Hall.Show full article
Mountain Lion continues Lion’s tradition of spontaneously force-quitting applications. Fortunately, there’s now a magic wand that lets you turn off this reprehensible behavior.Show full article
Kirk McElhearn has been dictating for years, into tape recorders, digital dictaphones, and his Mac via speech recognition software. He shares his top ten tricks and techniques for making your life easier with the new dictation features in Mountain Lion and the third-generation iPad.Show full article
Mountain Lion changes the rules on AppleScript file formats in a subtle yet important way. It’s a potential trap for the unwary, even if they are not running Mountain Lion themselves.Show full article
Notable software releases this week include MacBook Pro Retina SMC Update 1.0, Coda 2.0.2, Airfoil 4.7.2, Audio Hijack Pro 2.10.5, TinkerTool 4.9, PDFpen and PDFpenPro 5.8.5, and Voila 3.2 and Boom 1.5.Show full article
Thievery figures strongly in our ExtraBITS this week, as David Pogue’s iPhone was stolen and then recovered, and as someone convinced Apple customer service to give up control over Gizmodo writer Mat Honan’s iCloud account. Also this week, we share articles about the likely revenues surrounding the popular Sparrow email client, a TUAW interview about ebooks with Michael Cohen, and the appearance of Hulu Plus on the Apple TV.Show full article