Thoughtful, detailed coverage of the Mac, iPhone, and iPad, plus the best-selling Take Control ebooks.



Pick an apple! 
Springy Dock Tricks

If you drag a file and hover over Dock icons, various useful things happen which are similar to Finder springing. If it's a window, the window un-minimizes from the Dock. If it's a stack, the corresponding folder in the Finder opens. If it's the Finder, it brings the Finder to the foreground and opens a window if one doesn't exist already. But the coolest (and most hidden) springing trick is if you hover over an application and press the Space bar, the application comes to the foreground. This is great for things like grabbing a file from somewhere to drop into a Mail composition window that's otherwise hidden. Grab the file you want, hover over the Mail icon, press the Space bar, and Mail comes to the front for you to drop the file into the compose window. Be sure that Spring-Loaded Folders and Windows is enabled in the Finder Preferences window.

Visit plucky tree

Submitted by

Previous: TidBITS 1161 Next: TidBITS 1163

iOS 6.1.2 Fixes Battery-Draining Exchange Bug

The latest version of iOS fixes a bug that caused excessive battery drain on iOS devices communicating with Exchange Server, but it doesn’t patch the recently discovered passcode security exploit.Show full article

MacTech BootCamps Add Microsoft Accreditation for Consultants

Consultants looking to promote professional credentials can now get Microsoft’s “Microsoft Office for Mac Accredited Support Professional” accreditation in a free half-day course that precedes each of the MacTech BootCamp II training events in 2013.Show full article

Mailbox for iPhone Eases Email Triage but Lacks Key Features

Mailbox makes processing incoming email easy and fun on the iPhone, but its innovative interface approaches may not be sufficient to make up for the app’s lack of key capabilities and worrying requirement that all your email go through the company’s servers. Show full article

It’s Not Email That’s Broken, It’s You

Feeling overwhelmed with email? That’s a genuine and common problem, but Joe Kissell takes umbrage with those who complain about email as a medium or look to a new email app to be a magic bullet.Show full article

LiveCode Crowdfunds Free, Open-Source Update

LiveCode, a development environment inspired by HyperCard, may add a free edition and release its code under an open-source license, if owner RunRev meets the goal for its Kickstarter campaign by the end of February. For many, the promise of a free version of LiveCode and its code being available to view, modify, and distribute in changed form is compelling; others find controversial the amount of money sought and other details about the project.Show full article

TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 25 February 2013

Notable software releases this week include TextWrangler 4.5, Adobe Acrobat XI and Reader XI 11.0.02, Transmit 4.3.2, KeyCue 6.4, Java for OS X 2013-001 and Java for Mac OS X 10.6 Update 13, iTunes 11.0.2, Firefox 19, and BusyCal 2.0.3.Show full article

ExtraBITS for 25 February 2013

New hardware from Google monopolizes this week’s ExtraBITS, with an eyes-on report on Google Glass and an overview of Google’s new high-end Chromebook Pixel.Show full article

Show the full text of all articles