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).
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Looking for a cheap way to prevent crashes, increase productivity, and extend the lifespan of your Mac? Adam examines the many advantages of using an uninterruptible power supply (UPS) to protect your expensive equipment. Also this week, we announce our voluntary contribution program; look at updates to Web Confidential, Keep It Up, and MacHeadlines; re-welcome the EvangeList; and note the announcement of Handspring's Visor, a new Palm-based handheld device.
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MacHeadlines 1.8 Splits into Pro and Lite -- Trexar Technologies has split MacHeadlines, its customizable scrolling ticker of Web site headlines (see "Trexar Releases MacHeadlines 1.7" in TidBITS-493), into two versionsShow full article
Keep It Up 2.3 Improves Restarts -- Karl Pottie has released Keep It Up 2.3, a free update to his useful server-monitoring and remote management utility (see "Keep It Up 2.0.1 Adds Remote Management" in TidBITS-451)Show full article
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