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).
Many of us simply can't be separated from our Macintoshes - but some people routinely take Newtons places Macs only dream about! In this issue, physician Ron Risley details how he's made his Newton MessagePad an indispensable part of his personal and professional life. We also have news about BBEdit Lite 4.1, Iomega driver updates, a French TidBITS mailing list, and a new book about some of Apple's more whimsical products: t-shirts.
No TidBITS Next Week -- TidBITS will be taking a bit of a breather next week, so you won't see our next issue until 09-Mar-98. In part, we're taking a break because we're operating with about half our usual staff, but the time should also allow us to catch up on a bunch of administrative and other behind-the-scenes tasksShow full article
French Mailing List Available -- Thanks to the assiduous efforts of the French translation team, a separate mailing list is now available for people who want to receive TidBITS issues via email in FrenchShow full article
Eyes on Iomega -- Iomega Corporation has released version 5.5.1 of its Iomega software, a 2.45 MB download which includes a disk driver system extension for Zip and Jaz drives, Iomega Guest (which loads the disk driver into RAM so the device can be used without installing the extension), plus associated utilities, help files, and documentationShow full article
BBEdit Lite 4.1 Gains Weight -- Bare Bones Software's freeware text editor BBEdit Lite isn't as light as you might expect. BBEdit Lite 4.1 was released this week, featuring a number of low-level improvements that make this powerful application a close cousin to the feature-laden commercial BBEdit 4.5Show full article
Personal Web Sharing -- Though it's been somewhat overlooked in recent hoopla regarding Apple and Claris, Apple recently released Personal Web Sharing 1.5, an update to the small-footprint Web server that ships as part of Mac OS 8Show full article
When I went to my first World Wide Developer Conference, I was advised to leave a lot of extra room in my suitcase for t-shirts. Having been an intern at Apple in the Netherlands a few years earlier, I didn't laugh at that advice, but I still came home with one more suitcase than anticipatedShow full article
[Ron, a resident physician, uses a Newton to stay on top of the innumerable details that swarm through his life. We asked him to relate how he uses his PDA in the real world, and to share specifics on how he's customized his Newton MessagePadShow full article