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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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Lemkesoft has released GraphicConverter 8.6 with a number of new features, including the addition of layers, a brightness with curve function, and support for the DPHOTO online sharing and backup service. Other additions include a filmstrip option for displaying movies, shortcuts for both lossless and virtual rotation and mirroring, an option to save RGBA files as TIFFs with or without a premultiplied alpha channel, and a last-used zoom option. The graphic conversion and editing utility also receives a few updates, including improved WPG and WPG2 import, an updated ExifTool, extended keyboard control in the browser, and improved sharpen range. The update also fixes bugs that affected importing of CMYK TIFF files with JPEG compression, 32-bit grayscale TIFFs, and GIF animations in certain situations. As of this writing, GraphicConverter is still stuck at version 8.5.3 in the Mac App Store. ($39.95 new from the Lemkesoft Web site or $38.99 from the Mac App Store, 155 MB, release notes).

 

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