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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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SpamSieve 2.8.3

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C-Command Software's powerful Bayesian email filtering tool SpamSieve has been bumped to version 2.8.3. The update adjusts SpamSieve's tokenizer to make the spam filter even more accurate. In addition, SpamSieve now supports pre-release versions of Apple Mail, MailForge, and the upcoming Microsoft Outlook 2011. A few issues with installing the SpamSieve Apple Mail plug-in have been corrected, too. Full release notes are available. ($30 new, free update, 7.1 MB)

 

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