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Open a Finder Window with the App Switcher

If you don't have any Finder windows open and want to switch to the Finder and open a window in one fell swoop, bring up the app switcher with Command-Tab and tab over to the Finder icon. While still holding down Command, press the Option key, and then release the Command key. You're switched to the Finder, with a new default window open for you.

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Adobe Flies from Creative Suite into the Creative Cloud

Adobe is leaving the boxed software game for a subscription-only model. Will it be good or bad for customers?Show full article

App.net Issues Passport iOS App

The App.net messaging infrastructure service has released Passport, an iOS utility app that also enables signing up for a free-tier account without an invitation, but doesn’t allow posting or messaging. This is all part of App.net’s support for developers.Show full article

What to Do When Your Web Browser Won’t Display PDFs

These days, most Web browsers can display PDFs with aplomb. But if you see a black or white screen instead of a PDF in your browser, you may need to remove an elderly plug-in or two.Show full article

FunBITS: The Deceptively Simple Games of Matt Neuburg

If you’re looking for more of a challenge from casual iOS games, then our own Matt Neuburg’s apps will hit the spot.Show full article

Marvin the Intelligent Ebook Reader (Almost) Gets It Right

Marvin, an ebook reader for iPad, offers advanced reading tools over other ebook readers, but its Achilles heel is faithful rendering of more complex book layouts.Show full article

Cloud Mate Brings Its Magic to Your iOS Devices

Cloud Mate’s developers have been so hard at work since our review a month ago that it deserves another visit. Along with an improved Mac app, there’s now an iOS version of Cloud Mate that magically shows you all your iCloud documents, even though that should be impossible.Show full article

TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 13 May 2013

Notable software releases this week include Thunderbolt Firmware Update v1.2, Alfred 2.0.3, Microsoft Office 2011 14.3.4, and Fission 2.1.3.Show full article

ExtraBITS for 13 May 2013

With Managing Editor Josh Centers on the job, we have a nice set of ExtraBITS for you to read this week, including articles about how the iPad could interfere with pacemakers, how iOS encryption is slowing down law enforcement, concerns about Apple’s weak and confusing photo management story, Apple breaking into the Fortune 10 for the first time, and a nice overview of iPad writing tools.Show full article

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