Springy Dock Tricks
If you drag a file and hover over Dock icons, various useful things happen which are similar to Finder springing. If it's a window, the window un-minimizes from the Dock. If it's a stack, the corresponding folder in the Finder opens. If it's the Finder, it brings the Finder to the foreground and opens a window if one doesn't exist already. But the coolest (and most hidden) springing trick is if you hover over an application and press the Space bar, the application comes to the foreground. This is great for things like grabbing a file from somewhere to drop into a Mail composition window that's otherwise hidden. Grab the file you want, hover over the Mail icon, press the Space bar, and Mail comes to the front for you to drop the file into the compose window. Be sure that Spring-Loaded Folders and Windows is enabled in the Finder Preferences window.
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As the excitement dies down from Apple's WWDC announcements, we're once again flitting among topics. Rich Mogull draws on his years of security analyst work to offer five suggestions for how Apple could improve Mac and iPhone security, made all the more timely by Apple finally fixing a 9-month-old Java vulnerability today. Rich also explains how you might be able to get better upgrade pricing on an iPhone 3G S, Doug McLean reveals that the new 13- and 15-inch MacBook Pros can boot from their new SD card slots and examines the world of artistic iPhone photography, Glenn Fleishman looks at the latest Wi-Fi SD card from Eye-Fi, and Adam reviews a tool that lets you post photo links to Twitter from within iPhoto. We also cover the release of Microsoft Office 2008 12.19 and 2004 11.5.5, and glance at the releases of Firefox 3.0.11, Script Debugger 4.5.3, and 1Password 2.9.19.
Apple has released security updates for Java in Mac OS X 10.4 and Mac OS X 10.5 to deal with serious vulnerabilities discovered nine months ago and patched by Java developer Sun Microsystems six months ago.Show full article
Microsoft has updated Office 2008, Office 2004, and its Open XML File Format Converter by fixing two critical security vulnerabilities.Show full article
A recent Apple KnowledgeBase article reveals that the refreshed 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Pros can boot from the new SD card slot.Show full article
The latest Eye-Fi memory card, which combines storage and a Wi-Fi system in a Secure Digital container, is aimed at professionals. It can upload raw format images and transfer files directly to a computer without a gateway. Users can now choose which images to transfer, too.Show full article
Want to post the occasional photo to Twitter directly from within iPhoto? Check out the new iPhoto2Twitter.Show full article
By following these five recommendations, Apple can ensure that its products will remain safe in an increasingly dangerous computing world.Show full article
AT&T's iPhone pricing isn't tied simply to how long you've had your current phone. Come learn the different factors that affect your upgrade pricing and strategies for getting the best deal.Show full article
Frustrated with the quality of the photographs taken by your iPhone camera? Well, you're not alone, but there is hope as evidenced by legions of iPhone photo enthusiasts using a handful of apps to transform their snapshots into memorable moments.Show full article
Notable software releases this week include Firefox 3.0.11, Script Debugger 4.5.3, and 1Password 2.9.19.Show full article
Read on for a collection of links to some additional WWDC-related news and a host of staff podcasts.Show full article
This week's TidBITS Talk discussions focus heavily on the announcements from WWDC, including upgrading to an iPhone 3G S and the iPhone 3.0 software, Snow Leopard features, streaming in QuickTime, Safari 4, and opening up the new MacBook Pro models. Also covered this week is Microsoft's new Bing search engine, syncing calendars using MobileMe, and working around Web site requirements for using Internet Explorer.Show full article