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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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Cocktail 4.7.5

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Maintain has released a minor update to its general-purpose maintenance utility Cocktail. Version 4.7.5 adds support for the recently released Mac OS X 10.6.4, improves the Internet cache-clearing capabilities, and adds support for the latest versions of Safari, Chrome, Opera, and OmniWeb. The update also enhances its protection against the HellRTS and OpinionSpy trojan horses, updates the list of Automator actions, and refreshes the Help section. ($14.95, free update, 2.0 MB)

 

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Comments about Cocktail 4.7.5
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Curtis Tucker  2010-06-30 14:15
When setting up a new Mac OS X system this is always one of the first apps I install. The dev team at Maintain does a great job at keeping this utility up to date.
Bertrand Morin  2010-06-30 17:21
I do think that Cocktail (the name is also well thought!) is a very good program; the way it seems to function allows one to go item by item, or as a englobing piece. Simple, never had problem, and updated on a rather frequent schedule, as Mac OS demands it…