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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Last week was taken up in part creating video for you to watch, including an informal staff meeting in which Glenn explained App.net and a full TidBITS Presents panel discussion on “Protecting Your Digital Life” with Rich Mogull and Joe Kissell. In other news, Apple shipped OS X 10.8.1 Mountain Lion with a small number of bug fixes, the MacTech Conference 2012 is scheduled for October 17–19, and an update to the Boingo Wi-Finder app can track your wireless data usage to help prevent unnecessary charges. Our feature article this week comes from Steve McCabe, who forced himself to listen to lots of his favorite music while evaluating the online music streaming services Spotify, Pandora, and Last.fm. Notable software releases this week include Transmit 4.2, CloudPull 2.1.3, and VMware Fusion 5 and Fusion 5 Professional. Note that we’re taking next week’s email issue off for Labor Day — look for our next issue on 10 September 2012.
We’re taking a brief break from building an email issue of TidBITS next week in honor of the Labor Day holiday in the United States, so look for the next issue in your mailbox on 10 September 2012.Show full article
If you found the recent hack of technology writer Mat Honan as unsettling as we did, tune in to TidBITS Presents “Protecting Your Digital Life,” recorded live on 22 August 2012. Security experts Rich Mogull and Joe Kissell share their recommendations for the best things you can do to ensure that your digital life can’t be laid bare for virtual vultures to peck through.Show full article
Curious about App.net? Tune into as Glenn Fleishman explains it in this TidBITS staff meeting, held live on Google Hangouts On Air.Show full article
Mountain Lion gets its first maintenance update, which provides a small number of targeted fixes as well as a fix for a battery drainage issue experienced by many MacBook Pro and MacBook Air owners.Show full article
It’s time to start thinking about what you’ll be doing this fall, and if you’re a consultant, IT professional, or developer looking for a conference, consider MacTech Conference 2012, scheduled for October 17th through 19th in Los Angeles.Show full article
Boingo Wireless makes its money selling access to an aggregated footprint of half a million Wi-Fi hotspots worldwide. Its updated iOS app, however, provides a neat (and free) answer to the question: how much cellular data have I consumed so far this month?Show full article
Steve McCabe takes the three best known online music streaming services out for a test drive. Which one might meet your needs depends on how you want to interact with music.Show full article
Notable software releases this week include Transmit 4.2, CloudPull 2.1.3, and VMware Fusion 5 and Fusion 5 Professional.Show full article
The main industry news that broke late last week was Apple’s win in the patent lawsuit against Samsung — it’s interesting gossip, but won’t materially affect the lives of Apple users. Our other two ExtraBITS for you this week are pointers to Tonya Engst and Matt Neuburg appearing separately on Chuck Joiner’s MacVoices podcast.Show full article