Avoid Long Hierarchical Menus
If you right-click (or Control-click) on some item, such as a file in the Finder, and one of the sub-menus has many options (Open With is a frequent culprit), it may take several seconds to open, even on a fast machine, which is annoying if you did not actually want that sub-menu.
The trick is to not pull the cursor through the menu, but in a curve around it, so the cursor does not touch any menu items until lower on the list where you wanted to go.
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Our examination of how moderately normal people can use MacsBug continues this week and includes valuable information on how to create logs for developers when you're beta testing a program. Also in this issue, Adam looks at the apparent demise of Claris Emailer, and we note important software releases including QuarkXPress 4.04, Eudora Pro 4.0.2, AutoShare 3.0, and FileMaker Pro 4.0v2, and the "almost here" StuffIt Deluxe 5.0.
QuarkXPress 4.04 Update Addresses Numerous Bugs -- Quark has released an update to QuarkXPress 4.0 that fixes several bugs related to saving and printing, Find/Change operations, Bezier lines with arrowheads, and other miscellaneous problemsShow full article
Eudora Pro 4.0.2 Now Available -- Although Eudora Pro 4.1 remains in public beta, Qualcomm has finally released Eudora Pro 4.0.2, which fixes a number of minor bugs and nagging annoyancesShow full article
AutoShare 3.0 Released -- Mikael Hansen has released version 3.0 of AutoShare, his freeware mailing list manager and auto-responder that works with Eudora Internet Mail Server and Stalker Internet Mail ServerShow full article
StuffIt Deluxe 5.0 Announced -- Aladdin Systems has announced StuffIt Deluxe 5.0, a major release of their popular compression program. StuffIt Deluxe 5.0's main new feature is a new compression format that's 20 percent smaller and provides compatibility with WindowsShow full article
FileMaker Pro 4.0v2 Updater Available -- FileMaker, Inc. has released a free FileMaker Pro 4.0v2 updater, which brings the changes and bug fixes found in FileMaker Pro 4.1 to FileMaker Pro 4.0 users without 4.1's new ODBC features (see "FileMaker Pro 4.1 Does ODBC for a Price" in TidBITS-447)Show full article
Was anyone surprised when Emailer languished after being brought back into Apple in the Claris-to-FileMaker, Inc. transformation? Perhaps Emailer users were, since there's little that inspires blind loyalty like a good program you use all day, every dayShow full article
The first part of this article in TidBITS-449 looked at MacsBug, Apple's free low-level debugger, explained how to install and invoke it, and how to use MacsBug to recover from application crashesShow full article