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).
As summer starts to set in here, things are slowing down a bit, so we have a few longer articles you can sit back and read at your leisure. Adam and Glenn team up for a look at what Google's forthcoming Chrome OS could mean for Apple, Matt Neuburg contributes a detailed look at Cocoatech's Path Finder 5, and Jeff Carlson finds himself sucked into etymological enjoyment at Wordnik. Be sure to check out our ExtraBITS links this week, along with our coverage of the releases of Safari 4.0.2, Default Folder X 4.2.1, VLC 1.0, and Electric Sheep 2.7.
The Wordnik Web site is far more than a dictionary, providing real-time Twitter examples, Scrabble scores, community-provided pronunciations, and more information on nearly 1.7 million English language words.Show full article
The Mac OS X Finder is stupid, slow, and unhelpful. What can you do? You could pray for Snow Leopard and hope it brings some improvement. Or you can try Cocoatech's Path Finder 5 right now.Show full article
Google has announced - but not shipped - Google Chrome OS, a stripped-down operating system based on the Linux kernel and designed to give inexpensive netbook computers access to Web applications.Show full article
Notable software releases this week Safari 4.0.2, Default Folder X 4.2.1, VLC 1.0, and Electric Sheep 2.7.Show full article
Read on for a collection of links to the most interesting articles and resources that the TidBITS staff discovered on the Web this week.Show full article
TidBITS Talk readers this week are still evaluating the TidBITS Commenting System and how it relates to the discussion list, as well as looking at several other topics. Read on to learn more about copying SMS messages on the iPhone to a Mac, lightning strikes and how to avoid equipment damage, disabling system keyboard shortcuts, finding social networks around the world, buying a physical phone for Skype usage, and choosing which version of Windows XP to use for Boot Camp.Show full article