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).
Is OpenDoc an Apple technology following in the footsteps of PowerTalk? Component computing seems to be taking off, and Adam looks at some real-world OpenDoc products, plus Charles Wheeler profiles a family known for its "spokesblob." We also review Bare Bones Software's powerful, multi-purpose text editor BBEdit 4.0.2, note Heidi Roizen's departure from Apple, reassure Newton users, and note a Get Rich Quick scheme for serious hackers and crackers.
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Tucked in the middle of the Component 100 booth at Macworld Expo was a family-owned business that best exemplifies why OpenDoc is important to anyone struggling with bloated softwareShow full article
Over the past several years, Bare Bones Software's BBEdit has matured from an essentials-only programmer's text editor to a terrific, mature product. BBEdit 4.02 stands out as a highly useful tool, especially for programmers and HTML enthusiasts, as well as for those creating long documents that don't require many page layout features. Speaks Softly -- With its 1 MB RAM allocation and 1.7 MB disk footprint, BBEdit doesn't require nearly the system resources of a modern word processorShow full article