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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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Updated Ebook Explains Managing Data in DEVONthink 2

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Are you overwhelmed with paper bills, downloaded PDFs, email receipts, Web bookmarks, RSS feeds, text files, and useful snippets from who knows where? Joe Kissell once was as well, but thanks to the information management application DEVONthink 2, he has not only beaten back information overload, but also eliminated much of the paper from his small home office. Two years ago, he wrote “Take Control of Getting Started with DEVONthink 2” to help others use DEVONthink 2 effectively, and since then, DEVONtechnologies has unveiled the DEVONthink To Go iOS app and released over a dozen updates to DEVONthink 2, making the program more powerful than ever before.

If you’re drowning in data and hoping DEVONthink can help you take control of your digital life, the just-released second edition of “Take Control of Getting Started with DEVONthink 2” explains DEVONthink’s core concepts and guides you through many aspects of putting DEVONthink to work, with completely up-to-date information (so much so that it documents features that aren’t available quite yet!). The 199-page ebook, created in collaboration with DEVONtechnologies, is available for $15.

(Owners of the first edition who have asked to be contacted about upgrades should have received email about a discount, but if you set the Contact Me option in your Take Control account’s Profile page to No, you’ll need to click the Check for Updates button on the cover of your first edition to learn about the discount.)

Joe covers oodles of features in DEVONthink, and — more importantly — he helps you match DEVONthink’s many options to your personality and requirements. You’ll learn how to import data from numerous sources, organize it using hierarchical groups and free-form tags, find it by browsing or searching, work with it in DEVONthink To Go, and much more.

The ebook covers all three editions of DEVONthink 2: DEVONthink Pro Office, DEVONthink Professional, and DEVONthink Personal, and it is completely up-to-date with this month’s release of DEVONthink 2.3.3.

Check out the Take Control ebooks that expand on the topic in this article:

DEVONthink 2 offers a slew of features for defeating information overload, but mastering its power is easier with real-world advice from DEVONthink power-user Joe Kissell. He helps you understand what DEVONthink can do for you, the best ways to put information into DEVONthink, and how to organize it so you can find it later.

 

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Great! The first edition of this book led me towards a little more paperless home and a little more organised computer.