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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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Amazon Announces New Kindle Paperwhite

Amazon has announced the second generation of its Kindle Paperwhite ebook reader, with a number of exciting new features. Preorders are available today for $119, and units will begin shipping 30 September 2013.Show full article

“Take Control of Your Digital Photos on a Mac” Ready for Everyone

The culmination of our streamed ebook experiment is upon us, with the official release of Jeff Carlson’s “Take Control of Your Digital Photos on a Mac.” If you’re a TidBITS member, you can save 30 percent on the final ebook, which helps Mac users build and maintain a digital photo workflow that makes it easy to import, tag, rate, and store photos so they can be found quickly and easily later.Show full article

Catching Up with Trello

Fog Creek Software has added a number of new features to the Trello information management service since we first reviewed it. Here’s an overview of what’s new with Trello.Show full article

Apple Receives Final Judgment in Ebook Price-Fixing Case

U.S. District Court Judge Denise Cote has issued her final judgment in the ebook price-fixing case brought against Apple by the U.S. Department of Justice and 33 states. Although the more severe of the DoJ’s proposals didn’t survive, Apple must still agree to a variety of limitations when working in the ebook market, along with antitrust compliance monitoring for up to five years.Show full article

FunBITS: In Praise of BioShock Infinite for Mac

After being unimpressed with the original BioShock, Josh Centers has fallen in love with BioShock Infinite. What makes a game great, and can a video game be art?Show full article

TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 9 September 2013

Notable software releases this week include VMware Fusion 6 and Fusion 6 Professional, BusyCal 2.5.1, Mailplane 3.0.2, Parallels Desktop 9, CloudPull 2.5, and Downcast 1.0.2.Show full article

ExtraBITS for 9 September 2013

It turns out that the NSA has for years been running a campaign to undermine Internet security — alas, there’s not much anyone can do about it for now. Apple last week confirmed an event for Tuesday, 10 September 2013, where we expect to see new iPhones and maybe even other surprises. Amazon’s upcoming Kindle MatchBook service offers free or cheap ebooks for titles you’ve purchased from Amazon in physical form; meanwhile, Microsoft finally put a ring on its deal with Nokia, buying out Nokia’s cellphone division for $7.17 billion. And Adam Engst joined Gene Steinberg to discuss many of these topics, plus Joe Kissell’s latest ebook, “Take Control of Your Online Privacy.”Show full article

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