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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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ExtraBITS for 28 February 2011

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Steve Jobs turned 56 last week, Adam was interviewed about the iPad and publishing, and a number of developers have banded together to raise money to help the Christchurch earthquake relief efforts. Read on!

New Zealand App Developers Donate to Quake Relief -- Kudos to the Mac and iOS developers who are donating a week’s worth of proceeds to aid in the Christchurch earthquake relief efforts. Through 5 March 2011, 100 percent of proceeds from all listed apps will go directly to the New Zealand Red Cross. And if you’re a developer, scroll to the bottom of the page to see how to join the effort.

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Adam Engst Interviewed about iPad and Publishing -- TidBITS contributor Eolake Stobblehouse interviewed Adam to talk about publishing the Take Control ebooks, and specifically how the iPad has changed reading and buying habits in less than a year of being on the market.

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Wish Steve Jobs a Happy Birthday -- Steve Jobs turned 56 last week, on 24 February 2011, and a wonderfully sweet Happy Birthday Steve Jobs site popped up to give everyone a chance to express their good wishes. It isn’t accepting new entries now, but over 20,000 people contributed thoughts.

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New for iOS 8: TextExpander 3 with custom keyboard.
Set up short abbreviations which expand to larger bits of text,
such as “Tx” for “TextExpander”. With the new custom keyboard,
you can expand abbreviations in any app, including Safari and
Mail. <http://smle.us/tetouch3-tb>