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).
Everything is new this issue, or at least that's the way it feels. In Apple news, CEO Steve Jobs introduced revamped iPods, including the new iPod touch, and dropped the price of the iPhone by $200 (and then offered $100 in store credit to the nearly 1 million customers who bought the iPhone at full price prior to last week's announcement). But we're most excited about the new redesign of TidBITS.com; Adam walks through the improved Web site and some of our reasons for doing it. Also in this issue, Apple and NBC get into a spat that results in Apple removing NBC television shows from iTunes; Apple checks into .Mac slowdowns in Europe; Ambrosia Software releases iToner for adding ringtones to the iPhone; Palm kills its Foleo "smartphone companion" just as it was about to be released; and we note the releases of iPhoto 7.0.2, MarsEdit 2.0, the TidBITS AutoCorrect Dictionary for TextExpander and TypeIt4Me, and a pair of ebooks about the iPhone from Take Control.
Someone got the golden ticket, and it's probably Steve Jobs. Apple has sold its millionth iPhone, the company announced, reaching that mark in just 74 daysShow full article
Responding to complaints surrounding the $200 price drop on the iPhone, Steve Jobs posted an open letter stating that customers who bought an iPhone before the pricing changed will receive a $100 rebate good for store credit at the online Apple Store or physical Apple Store locations.Show full article
A bug-fix release to the version of iPhoto included with iLife '08 addresses issues related to .Mac Web galleries, rebuilding thumbnails, editing books, and more.Show full article
The iTunes Store will stop selling televsion shows from NBC Universal in response to a demand for increased pricing. Could this defection foreshadow other problems, or could there be a reason for Vivendi-related companies attacking Apple?Show full article
A TidBITS reader emailed us this week wondering if we'd experienced or heard of an issue where subscribers to .Mac in Europe are seeing unusually slow download speeds (capped at roughly 768Kbps). Apple responded to our query.Show full article
Ambrosia Software has released iToner 1.0, a simple utility that lets you add MP3 or AAC audio files to an iPhone for use as custom ringtones. What's notable about iToner is that it doesn't require any iPhone hacking software to work.Show full article
Red Sweater Software has released MarsEdit 2.0, adding a variety of useful features to the popular weblog publishing program while retaining a simple, elegant interface.Show full article
If you weren't among our lucky winners of Nisus Writer Pro last week, read on to learn how you can save $10 off the purchase of the program.Show full article
If you find yourself needing to rename lots of files, enter this week's DealBITS Drawing for a copy of Sonora Graphics' Name Munger, which provides a nice graphical interface to the task.Show full article
If you use Fetch in an academic setting, writing a short essay could win you a brand new MacBook and $750 or a new 8GB iPod nano and $100.Show full article
In a post to The Official Palm Blog, CEO Ed Colligan announced that Palm is killing the Foleo, the smartphone accessory that looked and acted like a laptop, but which wasn't a laptop, Palm employees insisted. The Foleo was due to ship this month. (The Kerbango was an Internet radio device that was killed at the last minute by former Palm parent company 3Com.)Show full article
Thanks to SmileOnMyMac, the TidBITS AutoCorrect Dictionary is now available for their TextExpander utility... and by extension for Riccardo Ettore's TypeIt4Me.Show full article
As you may have noticed, our Web site has changed completely. Follow along with Adam as he explains what we were trying to achieve with this redesign, what features we added to the site in the process, and how we accomplished it all. Show full article
Instead of resting on its laurels, Apple continues to break new ground in the iPod world, releasing the iPhone-like iPod touch, putting a 160 GB drive in the new iPod classic, enabling the new iPod nano to play video, and giving the iPod shuffle new colors. Other announcements included the capability to purchase custom ringtones for the iPhone from the iTunes Store, the iTunes Wi-Fi Music Store for the iPhone and iPod touch, and a price drop - $200! - for the iPhone.Show full article
It may seem as though we've been lying low with Take Control for quite some time, but in fact, we've been hard at work to bring you not just one, but two ebooks about the iPhone (OK, the good folks at Macworld actually wrote one of them). Save 20% when you buy both!Show full article
TidBITS may have taken a break last week by not publishing an issue, but the discussions in TidBITS Talk continue. Find out what topics are hot this week.Show full article