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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

 
 

TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 24 March 2014

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Apple Remote Desktop 3.7.2 -- Apple has released Apple Remote Desktop 3.7.2, a recommended update for all users. The release fixes an issue with the remote management software that caused incorrect IP addresses to be displayed in the Scanner, improves performance on networks with clients whose IP addresses change frequently, changes view order of screens in multi-observe mode, improves reliability of screen sharing sessions, enables automatic copy and paste between local and remote computers, and fixes a bug that caused clients to be incorrectly reported as Offline or Sleeping. ($79.99 new from the Mac App Store, free update, 19.6 MB)

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GarageBand 10.0.2 -- With the release of GarageBand 10.0.2 for the Mac, Apple has finally brought back the capability to export in MP3 format, a feature missing since last October’s Mavericks-only update (see “New Free iLife and iWork Apps Share across Devices and Platforms,” 22 October 2013). It was a bedeviling change that exasperated a great many users (who voiced their frustrations on Apple’s Support Communities; here’s one discussion thread example), and caused this writer to continue using the previous version of GarageBand (6.0.5). The update also offers multiple enhancements to Accessibility; adds three new Drummers and drum kits from the rock, songwriter, and R&B genres; and improves overall stability. (Free from the Mac App Store, 986 MB)

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