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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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EagleFiler 1.5.5

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C-Command Software has released EagleFiler 1.5.5, an update to its document organization and archival software. The new release comes with oodles of bug fixes and small improvements, mostly centered around EagleFiler’s capability to run properly alongside other apps on Mac OS X 10.7 Lion. These include, among others, bug fixes related to Mail, full-screen functionality, the Tags window, and memory usage. New features include a Refetch Web Page script that can automatically download and manipulate Web pages as they change, and the capability to specify a custom stylesheet when exporting Web documents to PDF. The company has also added a number of improvements to the app’s documentation. ($40 new, free update, 11.4 MB, release notes)

 

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