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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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Acrobat Vulnerabilities Fixed

Acrobat Vulnerabilities Fixed -- Adobe has released Adobe Reader 7.0.2 and Adobe Acrobat Standard/Professional 7.0.2 for the Macintosh, in part to fix a pair of security vulnerabilities and to improve form handlingShow full article

Macworld Expo Boston 2005 Events

Macworld Expo in Boston happens this week from 12-Jul-05 through 14-Jul-05 in the Hynes Convention Center, marking the second East Coast show that will not include Apple Computer as an exhibitorShow full article

Smith Micro Acquires Allume

Smith Micro Software, Inc. announced its acquisition of Allume Systems, Inc. for $11 million in cash and $1.75 million in Smith Micro stock. Allume, formerly known as Aladdin Systems, is the maker of long-standard StuffIt compression products as well as Spring Cleaning and a number of other Macintosh utilitiesShow full article

Apple iTMS Giveaway: Only Ten iPods?

Apple's approaching another milestone with its iTunes Music Store: selling its 500 millionth track. In celebration, Apple has set up an online song counter so customers can see just how fast the 500 million mark is approachingShow full article

Free Corporate-Grade Wi-Fi Security from WiTopia

The folks at WiTopia, a group that sells personal and small-office scale network security tools, are offering their WPA Enterprise service for Wi-Fi networks of up to five users and a single base station at no cost for a yearShow full article

Sleeptracker: How Dick Tracy Goes to Sleep

If you're like me, an alarm clock wakes you at the same time five days a week. Usually I feel like I've been kicked in the head by a mule. I have to sit on the bed for a spell before my brain realizes that the eyes are open and it's time to start processing dataShow full article

Roomba: a Robot Underfoot

Pop quiz: can you think of a round, computer-driven device that has four buttons, is not made by Apple, and ought to be in every household by the end of the decade? In case you don't pay much attention to the domestic scene - and by domestic, I mean the low-down world of dust bunnies, dog hair, and cookie crumbs - the answer is Roomba, the robotic vacuum cleaner from iRobot. Roomba is about the size of a medium pizza, and about as thick as a pizza boxShow full article

Take Control News/11-Jul-05

"Take Control of Buying a Mac" Updated -- The last Macworld Expo in San Francisco saw the release of the Mac mini, and Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference last month brought us the news that Apple would be transitioning the Macintosh to use CPUs from Intel in place of IBM's PowerPC chipShow full article

Hot Topics in TidBITS Talk/11-Jul-05

The second URL below each thread description points to the discussion on our Web Crossing server, which will be faster. Modifying Microsoft Word for the elderly -- An 80-year-old man who is new to the Mac needs help viewing the text cursor in Word, as well as formatting text; TidBITS Talk readers provide solutionsShow full article

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