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.
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Three reviews this week, one of an upgrade to the excellent Easy View browser for TidBITS and other text files, one of Aldus's powerful new IntelliDraw package, and one of Craig O'Donnell's bodacious book, Cool Mac Sounds. Short notes on Apple's massive order backlog, the missing Omega SANE, QuickTime 1.5, a potential problem with the Duos, and a conflict between XPress 3.0 and the HP DeskWriter 550C round out the issue. Look for game reviews next week!
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