Springy Dock Tricks
If you drag a file and hover over Dock icons, various useful things happen which are similar to Finder springing. If it's a window, the window un-minimizes from the Dock. If it's a stack, the corresponding folder in the Finder opens. If it's the Finder, it brings the Finder to the foreground and opens a window if one doesn't exist already. But the coolest (and most hidden) springing trick is if you hover over an application and press the Space bar, the application comes to the foreground. This is great for things like grabbing a file from somewhere to drop into a Mail composition window that's otherwise hidden. Grab the file you want, hover over the Mail icon, press the Space bar, and Mail comes to the front for you to drop the file into the compose window. Be sure that Spring-Loaded Folders and Windows is enabled in the Finder Preferences window.
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Before you spend hours optimizing your Mac's hard disk, read David Shayer's article on why it's a waste of time. Also this week, Adam wraps up MacHack coverage with anecdotes about the conference's people, events, and fashions. Lastly, we note the winners of this year's Apple Design Awards, clarify some Mac OS X adoption numbers, pass on Extensis's acquisition of DiamondSoft and the demise of Casady & Greene, and call for German translators.
Casady & Greene Shuts Down -- Casady & Greene, one of the oldest companies in the Macintosh market, is shutting down after 19 years, according to Bonnie Mitchell, Casady & Greene's VP of Public RelationsShow full article
Extensis Buys DiamondSoft -- Just a few days after Apple revealed that Mac OS X 10.3 Panther would feature a font-management utility called Font Book, Extensis (makers of Suitcase) announced that it was buying DiamondSoft (makers of Font Reserve)Show full article
Remember? Not Forgotten -- Dave Warker's Remember?, a superbly simple calendar and reminder application that got its start as a desk accessory, has at last migrated to Mac OS X with version 4Show full article
Another Take on Jaguar Upgrade Percentages -- Last week, I commented that I'd heard from a developer at MacHack that a non-trivial percentage of Mac OS X users had not upgraded from Mac OS X 10.1 to Jaguar, a fact I found surprisingShow full article
Apple Announces Design Awards 2003 -- Wrapping up the Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) last week, Apple announced the winners of its annual Apple Design AwardsShow full article
German Translators Needed! Our German translation team has dwindled in size and available time, so much so that they haven't been able to translate TidBITS for a while nowShow full article
Normally after Macintosh conferences I like to draw some conclusions about what we can learn about the overall world of the Macintosh from the attendees, the discussions, the attendance, and so onShow full article
Optimizing disks is a waste of time. There, I said it. The horse is out of the bag, the cat is out of the barn. So why do so many people believe that an optimizer is an essential part of any Mac user's tool kit? And what does it mean to optimize a disk, anyway? Background Fragments -- When you save a file to disk, the file system looks for an empty space to write the dataShow full article
Power Mac G5 specs -- Serial ATA bus speeds, swapping hard drives, heat dissipation, maximum RAM, and more in this Power Mac G5 examination. (27 messages) Older Power Macs still available -- In the wake of the Power Mac G5 announcement, Apple is still selling a Power Mac G4 model - that can even boot into Mac OS 9! (4 messages) The "Outlook" for Mail -- Apple's Mail application will use the Safari engine to render HTML messages in Mac OS X 10.3 PantherShow full article