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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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TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 29 July 2013

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Hazel 3.1.3 -- Noodlesoft has released Hazel 3.1.3 with a number of core and user interface changes to the file cleanup utility. The update features a number of fixes to the upload/connection code, including improved WebDAV support. The handling of symlinks and content matching with accented characters has also been fixed, as well as an infinite loop caused by formatting odd characters. User interface changes include the capability to set an initial folder for server browsing, the capability to enter a URL in the server field of the connection panel, additional VoiceOver labels, and a fix for actions that would not stick. ($28 new, free update, 7.7 MB, release notes)

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DEVONthink and DEVONnote 2.6.1 -- Following up on the recent 2.6 release, DEVONtechnologies has updated all three versions of DEVONthink (Personal, Pro, and Pro Office) and DEVONnote to version 2.6.1, with a number of fixes and improvements. New features of all versions of DEVONthink include a new Recently Added smart group for new databases, automatic thumbnail generation and updates, a new rich text pop-up menu for the Take Note panel, and an Add Link item in the contextual menu of rich text views. There’s also improved synchronization, and the Safari extension is now Retina ready. DEVONnote also features the new rich text pop-up menu and the Add Link contextual menu item, along with a French localization, updating of smart groups after trashing items, and disabling of the database rebuilding and backup and optimize functions if there is not enough available disk space. (All updates are free. DEVONthink Pro Office, $149.95 new, release notes; DEVONthink Professional, $79.95 new, release notes; DEVONthink Personal, $49.95 new, release notes; DEVONnote, $24.95 new, release notes; 25-percent discount for [TidBITS members][*] on DEVONnote and all editions of DEVONthink)

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