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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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Cyberduck 4.2

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The Cyberduck team has released version 4.2 of their open source file transfer app. Cyberduck 4.2 improves compatibility with Amazon Web Services, including support for server-side encryption and for Amazon’s US-West storage facility in Oregon. The app can now also better interact with Google’s Cloud Storage service, where Cyberduck supports connecting to multiple projects, configuring the access logs for storage buckets, and using the OAuth 2.0 authentication mechanism. For more traditional connection mechanisms based on SSH, Cyberduck can better interact with OpenSSH. Several bug fixes and performance improvements round out the update. (Free update, 23.6 MB, release notes)

 

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Comments about Cyberduck 4.2

Cameron Hayne  2011-12-04 22:29
There seems to be a divide-by-two error in the first line of this article: "version 2.1"
Jeff Carlson  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2011-12-04 22:33
Whoops. Maybe it was just half of the app that was updated. :-)

Thanks! I've fixed it.