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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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Coda 2.0

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Panic has released Coda 2.0, a major update to its Web site development tool with a revamped user interface and over 100 new features. Coda now incorporates a visual tab bar for faster navigation of your files, and the tab bar can be displayed as large icons with dynamic thumbnails or resized to just minimal text. The new version also introduces a customizable sidebar that enables you to drag the tools you use the most to its toolbar header. Other new features include an improved code editor with autocompletion for custom variables and functions and smarter closing tags, improved file management with support for the git version control system, and an improved clips function that enables you to tab between placeholders that need input. Coda 2.0 also adds support for syncing sites using iCloud; however this feature is available in only the version purchased from the Mac App Store. Coda 2.0 is currently available for $75 for a limited time, but it will soon rise to its regular price of $99. Customers who purchased Coda 1.x directly from Panic will continue to be eligible for a $75 upgrade price to Coda 2.0 after this limited time discount ends. ($99 new, $75 upgrade, 41.8 MB)

In addition to the Mac version of Coda, Panic has also released the $19.99 Diet Coda for iOS. More than just enabling you to edit code and update your Web sites from your iPad when away from your Mac, Diet Coda can also turn your iPad into a dedicated preview screen. This AirPreview function requires that your iPad and Mac be on the same Wi-Fi network.

 

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>