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).
Would you buy a 23-inch MacBook? It's not an Apple product: Jeff Porten describes how he turned an ailing 17-inch PowerBook G4 into a second monitor for his MacBook. Plus, given the increased focus on Mac security recently, John O'Fallon offers practical precautions for fending off most attacks. Also in this issue, Apple adds color to the iPod shuffle line and settles its long-running dispute with the Beatles' Apple Corps; Nolobe acquires Interarchy and ships Interarchy 8.5; Open Door Networks updates its line of security products; the AirPort Extreme starts shipping with new details about its wireless capabilities; and Macinstruct opens a Mac tutorial contest with Adam, Tonya, and Joe as judges. Lastly, check out the first of our "Month of Apple Sales" offers on bundles of Mac-specific Take Control ebooks!
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Apple last week announced that the diminutive iPod shuffle is now available in five colors: pink, orange, green, blue, and the original silver. The configuration remains the same at 1 GB of memory for $80Show full article
In today's look at home renovation, we're travelling to the house of Soyburger, a 28-year-old video editor/computer animator/graphic designer who clearly has a flair for interior designShow full article
Congratulations to Steve Green of cox.net, Ed Mullin of ewmullin.com, Matthew MacKay of upei.ca, and Steve Cronin of austin.rr.com, whose entries were chosen randomly in last week's DealBITS drawing and who received a copy of Clickable Bliss's Billable, worth $24.95Show full article
SmileOnMyMac has made a name for itself over the past few years by offering an increasing number of useful Macintosh applications. They're probably best known for PDFpen, their PDF editing utility, but they also develop DiscLabel for creating and printing CD/DVD labels, PageSender for sending documents as faxes, BrowseBack for providing a visual history of your Web browsing, TextExpander for speeding entry of repetitive bits of text, and PhotoPrinto for designing and printing photo albums and scrapbooksShow full article
Peter Lewis and Stairways Software last week announced that Nolobe, a new company formed by Interarchy lead developer Matthew Drayton, has acquired Interarchy from Stairways in what amounts to an employee buyoutShow full article
Here's an idea I like - a contest to generate the most creative and innovative tutorials for Macintosh users. Sure, the meme is that being a Mac user means not having to read the manual, but the fact is that the Mac world is also home to some of the best writers and teachers on the planetShow full article
With all the recent fuss about security on the Mac, it's worth pointing out that we have plenty of tools to protect us from the most common Internet dangersShow full article
"Security alert! A vulnerability in Mac OS X HTTP protocol handling makes possible denial of service attacks and arbitrary code execution." "Oh no," you thinkShow full article
The AirPort Extreme Base Station with 802.11n is now shipping. The software enabler required to update existing Macs that have 802.11n technology built in is included with the base station, and can now also be purchased from the Apple Store for $2 (see "Two Bucks for 100 Mbps 802.11n Enabler," 2007-01-22)Show full article
A couple of weeks ago I began sporting a new laptop: 3 GB of RAM, 200 GB hard drive, dual optical burners, 4 USB and 3 FireWire ports. But the best thing about it is the 23-inch monitor. Yes, it's a MacShow full article
Month of Apple Sales: Getting Around to It -- We're tired of the childish "Hey, look at me while I break this!" Month of Apple Bugs project, so here's a constructive alternative: four weekly "Month of Apple Sales" offers on our Mac-specific Take Control ebooks throughout the month of FebruaryShow full article
Remote support software -- Although Timbuktu by itself can't punch through a NAT gateway, it can do so with assistance from Skype or by invitation from someone else running TimbuktuShow full article