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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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Apple TV Finally Gets Netflix Post-Play

Nearly two years after the feature was unveiled, Netflix on the Apple TV gains Post-Play, which automatically plays the next TV episode after the one you’re watching ends. “Take Control of Apple TV” author Josh Centers explains how it works.Show full article

iTunes Pass: How to Buy iTunes Store Credit via Passbook

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TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 21 July 2014

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ExtraBITS for 21 July 2014

Managing Editor Josh Centers sat down with Gene Steinberg to discuss Gmail and Apple TV on The Tech Night Owl podcast, Apple has been denied a trademark on its Touch ID fingerprint scanner, and Greenpeace has declared Apple the greenest company in the tech world.Show full article

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