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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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Mac App Store Passes 100 Million Downloads

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Apple has announced that over 100 million apps have been downloaded from the Mac App Store in just under a year since the online store opened on 6 January 2011. The company did not break out the difference between free and paid apps, nor was the number of apps (beyond “thousands”) shared. Although inclusion in the Mac App Store is by no means a guarantee of sales success, it has proven to be a boon for many Mac developers.favicon follow link