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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

 
 

PasswordWallet 4.5.3

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Selznick Scientific Software has released a minor update to the longstanding password management utility PasswordWallet. Version 4.5.3 offers synchronization speeds that are ten times faster than the previous release, along with improved keyboard support for working with document password dialogs. The update also fixes occasional issues with the Find Duplicates feature, addresses duplication errors with syncing, and resolves a bug related to files remaining locked after quitting the program. The company has also released Password Wallet 4.5.2 for the iPhone with a number of new features and usability tweaks. ($20 new, free update, 5.7 MB)

 

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