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Drag itunes selection to the Desktop or elsewhere
Authored by: ezpkns on Mar 06, '07 01:08:09AM
I agree that adding a media section to all Finder-related dialogs is the most elegant solution - especially as Apple posits the iApps as being all the regular user needs for media management (and creation). I like how you've envisioned this and hope Leopard brings it to us.

However, I disagree that one "must" drag a photo to the desktop to attach it to web-based email. I also doubt that Apple's engineers are THAT out of touch with their users. You must admit that for those who use POP email with Apple Mail, attaching photos is pretty painless, even easy, fun.

So, those who are content with or confined to web-based email must take an extra step, but only because they have special needs. Attaching photos in Windows only works if you know where the file resides. How is that different for web mail on Mac?

It's not as though iPhoto hides its photos behind some random or impenetrable filing scheme, if one knows the filename, what year it was taken, and what Film Roll (View > Film Rolls) one can easily find any picture in any dialog. Or, you can right-click / control-click any picture in iPhoto and select Show File. Or, and I never knew this but had to try it (because I was pretty sure it would work), if you drag a photo from iPhoto to an open dialog in a web-browser, it will automatically switch to that photo's folder (why it doesn't finish the job and actually select that photo is beyond me, but we both know Apple's not perfect).

Now here's my beef... you can't drag a song from iTunes into an email message (you have to use the right-click- Show In Finder long-way-'round). I suppose this is to make it ever-so-slightly harder for people to share unprotected copyrighted music, but since it's trivial to bypass, I'd rather the drag/drop work as expected. I use iTunes to do all the mp3/AAC conversion of my own recordings, and frequently email rough mixes - sometimes several times a day - and I find iTunes drag and drop inconsistencies more than a little annoying.

PS I didn't check that iPhoto drag and drop trick extensively, I was too busy composing a painfully long-winded post.

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