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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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Doug McLean

 
 

Hazel 3.0.9

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Noodlesoft has released version 3.0.9 of its file cleanup utility Hazel, which updates some icons and fixes some issues when viewing the app with the new MacBook Pro with Retina Display, as well as adding a Developer ID that allows the app to be installed without difficulty when using OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion’s Gatekeeper security feature. Hazel 3.0.9 also displays more-accurate error reporting in its preview, prevents a whole pattern getting deleted when you delete a custom token, and fixes an issue with the incomplete downloads setting that was causing prediction errors. ($25 new, free update from version 3.x, $10 upgrade from previous version, 5.2 MB, release notes)

 

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