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Mac OS X Services in Snow Leopard

Mac OS X Services let one application supply its powers to another; for example, a Grab service helps TextEdit paste a screenshot into a document. Most users either don't know that Services exist, because they're in an obscure hierarchical menu (ApplicationName > Services), or they mostly don't use them because there are so many of them.

Snow Leopard makes it easier for the uninitiated to utilize this feature; only services appropriate to the current context appear. And in addition to the hierarchical menu, services are discoverable as custom contextual menu items - Control-click in a TextEdit document to access the Grab service, for instance.

In addition, the revamped Keyboard preference pane lets you manage services for the first time ever. You can enable and disable them, and even change their keyboard shortcuts.

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Aperture 3.0.1 Update Addresses Stability Problems

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Apple has now released Aperture 3.0.1, claiming to fix significant reported problems with the new edition of the professional photo management tool. Although every new software release endures some bumps after being exposed to systems outside its testing pool, I heard from many photographers, TidBITS readers, and other colleagues that Aperture 3 seemed as if it was shipped too early. (I've used it a little following its release earlier this month - see "Apple Releases Aperture 3," 9 February 2010 - and experienced one outright crash and sluggish behavior, but not enough to pass judgment.)

According to the release notes for version 3.0.1, the update improves overall stability and focuses on fixes for upgrading from earlier versions of Aperture and importing photos from iPhoto and directly from cameras. Memory usage is improved "when processing heavily retouched photos," and there are improvements to the new Faces and Places features, which all seemed to be problematic flash points for users.

Other changes include fixes when printing multiple images or contact sheets, editing photos using an external editor, displaying photos with Definition and Straighten adjustments applied, accessing Aperture libraries on a network volume, and more. The update is available via Software Update or as a standalone 29.41 MB download.

 

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Comments about Aperture 3.0.1 Update Addresses Stability Problems
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Dag von Arnold  2010-02-25 01:27
Doesn't update my 3.0 trial version
Jeff Carlson  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2010-02-25 07:53
I wouldn't expect it to. I'm sure Apple will make a demo version based on the updated version, but software updates for a pro app are designed for people who pay for it.
Just get another Demo link for download and install over A3.
Tommy Weir  2010-02-27 05:39
It works beautifully. Like a lot of other Aperture 2 owners who upgraded, I had nothing but trouble upgrading the Library to version 3. Endless overnight upgrades got very slow indeed.

This makes short work of it, and the new features are well worth the upgrade. A lot to explore.
Paul D. Anderson  2010-03-01 17:00
My experience (went directly to 3.01 before launching) is that Face recognition is a problem. Conversion of my library (>15000 pictures) went okay on my Mac Pro 1.1, but once it starts doing the Face recognition, the application keeps crashing. Re-starting it does a few more pictures, then crashes again. I finally just turned off Face recognition and everything seems to be working fine. At least they have fixed the problem I was having with not being able to update my vault - it works now with all pictures. I'll try turning on Face recognition again after the next update??
masini  2010-03-10 22:19
I do not understand why the old version came with so many mistakes. Should be filled by the first version. So certainly have lost the customer.