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).
Summer weather in the United States makes for good driving weather, and what better way to travel than with your favorite music? Adam takes a set of devices that let you play your iPod's tunes in the car for a test drive. Also in this issue, Matt Neuburg gives a written presentation of Mousepose 2, Adam and Tonya are honored by inclusion in the MacTech 25 list, Adam looks at the release of NoteBook 2.1, and we announce the release of a print-on-demand version of "Take Control of Running Windows on a Mac." Lastly, check out this week's DealBITS offer for BeLight Software's Image Tricks.
NoteBook 2.1 Adds Syncing, Cornell Note-Taking System -- Circus Ponies Software has released NoteBook 2.1, a notable (heh!) upgrade to their information organizing tool (see "The Well Worn NoteBook" and "The Shiny New NoteBook" for my reviews of earlier versions)Show full article
Speaking as someone who finds Adobe Photoshop rather inscrutable while at the same time wishing I could perform some of the graphical manipulations it makes possible, I'm a total sucker for programs like BeLight Software's Image TricksShow full article
Due no doubt in part to the votes cast by TidBITS and Take Control readers, we were pleased to see that not just Adam, but also Tonya, were included in the MacTech 25 list of influential people in the Macintosh technical communityShow full article
As someone who gives a lot of talks with a computer as a visual aid - not "slide" presentations with Keynote or PowerPoint, but live demonstrations, where I'm doing and discussing something on my computer, whose monitor is projected onto a screen at the front of the room - I am ever cognizant of the need to optimize the audience's viewing experienceShow full article
At last! Ever since we started Take Control in 2003, people have been taking our heavily linked and thoroughly digital ebooks and, well, printing themShow full article
When it comes to listening to an iPod, I find I'm interested in doing so only in very specific situations. There's an iPod in the bedroom, which helps Tonya and me go to sleep at night and wakes us up in the morning, and I've become quite fond of listening to the iPod's earbuds inside protective earphones while mowing the lawnShow full article
Backups Ebook Updated to Cover Intel Macs and More -- Need a rock-solid, up-to-date backup strategy to protect your important data? Turn to version 1.3 of Joe Kissell's popular Take Control of Mac OS X Backups, which now extends its detailed discussion of different backup strategies, media, and software, along with over 20 pages of step-by-step directions for the popular Retrospect backup programShow full article
The first link for each thread description points to the traditional TidBITS Talk interface; the second link points to the same discussion on our Web Crossing server, which provides a different look and which may be faster. Erasing data on a "dead" drive -- When faced with a dead hard drive, how do you ensure that your sensitive data isn't compromised when sending the drive back for repair? Readers suggest several alternatives, from physically destroying the hard disk to swapping enclosures to determine the cause of the problemShow full article