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).
If the Red Sox winning the World Series wasn't strange enough, Geoff Duncan has finally solved his personal Curse of Mac OS X. Thanks to a Sonnet Encore/ST G4 Duet accelerator, he can now run Mac OS X for more than a few hours at a time, and even Mac OS 9 enjoys a speed boost. We also take a quick look at the Mac OS X 10.3.6 upgrade, pass along a new USB printer compatibility list for Apple's wireless base stations, and announce winners of last week's DealBITS drawing.
New AirPort USB Printer Compatibility List -- Unfortunately, Apple no longer publishes a list of USB printers that are compatible with the AirPort Express and AirPort Extreme Base Stations (those models include a USB port that turns the base station into a print server for any computer on your wireless network)Show full article
EU iTunes Music Store Correction -- In last week's issue, we erroneously wrote that Ireland was the only European Union nation not included in Apple's rollout of its EU iTunes Music Store (see "Apple Intros iPod Photo, iPod U2, and Euro iTMS" in TidBITS-753)Show full article
DealBITS Drawing: iMove from MaxUpgrades Winners -- Congratulations to Marie Smolnik of yahoo.com and David Stoler of sbcglobal.net, whose entries were chosen randomly in last week's DealBITS drawing and who each will receive an iMove positioning table from MaxUpgrades, worth $149Show full article
On 05-Nov-04, Apple released Mac OS X 10.3.6, a free update to Mac OS X 10.3 Panther. The update includes a new version of the Safari Web browser that will no longer stop trying to load a Web page or submit a form after 60 seconds, but will instead keep trying until the user cancels the attemptShow full article
In fiction, there's a genre called "alternate history" that speculates about what might have happened if key historical events had transpired differentlyShow full article
The second URL below each thread description points to the discussion on our Web Crossing server, which will be much faster. Voice Recognition Dictation Software for the Mac -- What options are currently available for voice dictation on the Mac? Readers share their experiencesShow full article