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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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Doug McLean

 
 

Mac OS X Server 10.6.3 Combo Update 1.1

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Apple has updated the combo updater for Mac OS X Server 10.6.3. Although Apple provided no details on what was changed, the only users who need to consider installing it are those who updated from Mac OS X Server 10.6.0 using the 1.0 version of the Mac OS X Server 10.6.3 Combo Update, build 10D573 (in other words, someone reinstalling Snow Leopard Server from scratch and then updating to 10.6.3 in one step). The combo updater is available via the Apple Support Downloads page, and will be presented by Software Update to those reinstalling Snow Leopard Server from scratch. (Free, 897.32 MB)

 

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