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Use Stickies to view PDF Files Apps
If you have Stickies open, you can use it to quickly open and view PDF documents. Simply drop a PDF file into a sticky note and it appears inside the note with its own scroll bars constrained to the size of the note. If the sticky is translucent, then the PDF appears translucent too.

This hint works especially well with floating stickies (Command-Option-F). I've been using a floating sticky to read Apple's Developer Documentation while working in X-Code to great effect.

Unfortunately, this trick only works with PDF files and not RTF or DOC files. If you drop any type of file on a sticky other than a PDF or textClipping, you only succeed in inserting a picture of the file's icon.
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Authored by: valx on Jun 02, '04 11:50:16AM

This is just too cool!! Thanks for the tip.



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Authored by: maclives on Jun 04, '04 05:08:39AM

I didn't get scrollbars.

Rick



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Authored by: dogboy on Jun 02, '04 11:58:49AM

Works with jpegs, too.



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Authored by: wwelsh39 on Jun 02, '04 12:15:54PM

This is great! I tried a couple of other types of files and discovered that I can insert many, but not all, jpegs and a QuickTime movie which works as well.



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Authored by: vaiism on Jun 02, '04 01:29:19PM

I just noticed you can drag mp3's in here too and they play.

The guy that wrote stickies is a really phenomenal - Jens Alfke - was a big influence on the MRJ (OS9) as well.



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Authored by: Dale Sorel on Jun 02, '04 12:35:07PM

Nice!

Thanks for the tip!!!



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Authored by: leif on Jun 02, '04 12:54:29PM

Neat. Anyone remember OpenDoc? ;p



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Authored by: filmsmith on Jun 02, '04 12:56:52PM

Don't know about Panther, but it only works for one page PDF's under Jag.

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Authored by: Han Solo on Jun 02, '04 02:49:24PM

Just tried it with 10.3.4 — scrolls through multiple-page PDFs without issue.



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Authored by: kianga on Jun 02, '04 01:04:55PM

This seems to work in TextEdit (and probably in other Cocoa apps) as well.



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Authored by: PCheese on Jun 02, '04 04:35:17PM

I think what happens is that the Cocoa app calls QuickTime to handle all these files. It's just displaying QuickTime objects the way normal Cocoa apps should. I tried an MP3 file, animated GIF, and PDF file, and they all opened the same way they would in QuickTime Player. Of course, the translucency is an added bonus. =)



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Authored by: valx on Jun 03, '04 03:51:28PM

Even better--select a file in the Finder and type command+shift+y. This will activate the "Make New Sticky Note" service from the service menu. A new sticky pops up with the contents of the file you selected.

Way cool!



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