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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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No Email Issue on 3 September 2012 for Labor Day

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

Watch TidBITS Presents “Protecting Your Digital Life”

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

VidBITS:, Photo Sharing, and Excessive Reminders

Curious about Tune into as Glenn Fleishman explains it in this TidBITS staff meeting, held live on Google Hangouts On Air.Show full article

OS X 10.8.1 Targets Bugs, Improved Battery Life

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

MacTech Conference 2012 Slated for October 17–19

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 Wi-Finder App for iOS Tracks Wireless Data Usage

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

Comparing Music Streaming Services: Pandora, Spotify, and

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

TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 27 August 2012

Notable software releases this week include Transmit 4.2, CloudPull 2.1.3, and VMware Fusion 5 and Fusion 5 Professional.Show full article

ExtraBITS for 27 August 2012

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

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