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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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Mac OS X 10.5.3 Update Resolves Numerous Issues

If you've been suffering from wonky issues in Mac OS X 10.5.2, check out the just-released 10.5.3, which resolves all sorts of problems. Be prepared for a big download!Show full article

Security Update 2008-003 / Mac OS X 10.5.3 Fix Flaws

Mac OS X 10.5.3 fixes numerous security vulnerabilities in Leopard, and Security Update 2008-003 addresses those and more for Tiger.Show full article

Back to My Mac Communicates Faults in 10.5.3

Although Apple doesn't mention anything about it in Mac OS X 10.5.3's release notes, Back to My Mac has been enhanced with the addition of troubleshooting messages that give hints to why the remote access service might not be working.Show full article

Tip: See Dictionary Definitions in Real Time

By pressing a couple of keys, you can run your mouse pointer around the screen and see dictionary definitions of each word you point at. Try it, or watch Adam's screencast demoing the feature.Show full article

Take Control News: Maximize Your .Mac Membership

For $100 per year, you should take advantage of all that Apple's .Mac online service has to offer. With the release of the second edition of Joe Kissell's "Take Control of .Mac," you can learn how to use all of .Mac's powerful features, ranging from Groups to .Mac Sync.Show full article

Updated .Mac Book to Require Major Find-and-Replace?

Rumor has it that Apple may be planning to rename the .Mac service in the near future. Great, just what we wanted to hear the day after releasing the second edition of "Take Control of .Mac"!Show full article

Back in the Saddle with the TomTom Go 720 GPS

Looking for a heavily customizable car navigation GPS that you can connect to your Mac? Adam was too, so he reviewed the TomTom Go 720, and while it performed admirably as a GPS, the Mac connectivity was less satisfactory.Show full article

TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 02-Jun-08

Notable software releases for this week include Delicious Library 2.0, Logic Express Update 8.0.2, the Digital Camera RAW Compatibility Update 2.1, and Keyboard Maestro 3.1.Show full article

Hot Topics in TidBITS Talk/02-Jun-08

Readers tackle a number of subjects this week, starting with reordering photos in iPhone albums and ending with Back to My Mac issues.Show full article

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