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).
We continue with coverage of Macworld Expo, focussing this time on the seamy underside of the show. That's right, booth bimbos! Madonna's "Sex" it's not, but we also look at the rapidly growing crop of adult CD-ROMs. In more mundane Macworld news, we have an article on Apple's new printers and scanner, a short review of Now Up-to-Date 2.0, and clarifications of earlier articles on the IIvx and A/UX, the Video Toaster, and the FirstClass BBS deals.
SyQuest 3.5" Units -- Daniel Andresen sent this information about SyQuest drives: "I spoke with a SyQuest rep a Macworld Expo, and she confirmed that the 3.5" 105 MB SyQuest units would be out "within ninety days." She said only the IDE version was finished at this time, with the SCSI version to followShow full article
In an effort to clarify Mark's article on the incompatibility between the IIvx and Apple's Unix operating system, A/UX 3.0 (TidBITS-157), Pythaeus writes: The Mac IIvx does not run A/UX 3.0 for the same reason that System 6 does not run on the Quadra 700: the CPU was released long after the system software shipped, so the operating system (OS) can't possibly know about the addresses and capabilities of the new hardwareShow full article
Maury Markowitz of SoftArc writes: I saw the note about the FirstClass upgrade in TidBITS-157. I'd like to clarify my poorly written CompuServe statement. SoftArc has two pricing schemes for FirstClassShow full article
Matthew B Cravit writes: I noticed a comment in TidBITS-158 about the Video Toaster. You commented that it becomes an increasingly sophisticated and cool systemShow full article
Technical Support Coordinator, BAKA Computers Inc. Months ago, when Apple announced that the StyleWriter printers would be in short supply, some suspected Apple wouldn't manufacture more to meet the unexpected demand because it had a replacement waiting in the wingsShow full article
Those of you who have gone to Macworld have encountered the booth bimbo phenomenon. It's not a sexist phenomenon as such, applying equally to the pretty young men and women who work as scenery at various boothsShow full article
The last Expo in Boston was the first time we saw pornography seriously hit CD-ROM, with BodyCello displaying the first QuickTime adult movies. I wasn't surprised to see that, but this year a startling number of vendors hawked X-rated waresShow full article
I'm particular about calendar applications. I want complete power over repeating events, the ability to create to do items with varying levels of priority, non-modal reminders that won't interrupt my automated email procedures, and the ability to easily see what's coming up in the next week or soShow full article