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).
Having problems connecting to Netflix on your Apple TV? Josh Centers has a quick fix, as well as a great bargain on a camera for budding photographers — plus a few cute newborn pictures to prove it! Speaking of bargains, this week’s installment of FunBITS looks at an iPad game controller that’s interesting in large part because it’s amazingly cheap. Notable software releases this week include Keyboard Maestro 6.2, ReadKit 2.3, and PDFpen and PDFpenPro 6.0.5.
Josh Centers fixed an annoying problem with Netflix on his Apple TV with a solution as old as computers themselves.Show full article
Although it initially received poor reviews, the Canon EOS M is now a bargain of a camera, and easy enough for a “C” photography student to take great pictures during emergency surgery. Show full article
If you’re a fan of Gameloft’s games, you can now pick up a gamepad for them on the cheap. And even if you’re not a gamer, it’s a great iPad stand.Show full article
Notable software releases this week include Keyboard Maestro 6.2, ReadKit 2.3, and PDFpen and PDFpenPro 6.0.5.Show full article
After over three decades with Microsoft, CEO Steve Ballmer has announced that he will retire within the next year. After retirement, maybe Ballmer will invest in the new social network PRSM, which helps you gather and share all of your personal information — whether you want to or not! If you need a break from NSA paranoia (and parody), the iTunes Festival returns in September, with a plethora of big-name musical acts you can watch live. Or, if popular music isn’t your thing, maybe you’d rather sit down and read “Butterick’s Practical Typography,” a new, freely available ebook by typographer Matthew Butterick — an excellent resource for anyone who works with text.Show full article