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).
This week opened with a bang as Microsoft announced plans to purchase the Internet start-up WebTV, Connectix announced its Pentium-emulating Virtual PC, and Apple delivered the free Mac OS 7.6.1 Update, which eliminates most Type 11 errors by decree. Also, Tonya reviews Akimbo's Globetrotter Web site creation tool, and we welcome StarNine as a new TidBITS sponsor.
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PC in a Mac -- No, it's not a late April Fools joke, though it does point the way to another method for keeping a Mac on your desk and running PC software when necessaryShow full article
Microsoft says thanks to the TidBITS and Evangelist readers who took part in the "Mac-likeness" survey mentioned in TidBITS-372. Despite problems with their server, Microsoft collected more than ten times the data it was looking for in a week and a half, and says it received a strong message about what Macintosh users expect from softwareShow full article
Today, Apple released Mac OS 7.6.1 in three forms: four disk images for owners of Mac OS 7.6, five disk images for owners of PowerBook 3400s, and a full Mac OS CD-ROMShow full article
Globetrotter Web Publisher 1.1.1, created by Akimbo Systems (publishers of the FullWrite word processor), blends word processing and HTML editing features to make a brilliant but bewildering Web authoring tool. Excuses, Excuses -- Ideally, TidBITS would have published this review in late 1996, soon after Globetrotter 1.0 shippedShow full article