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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

 
 

Bite the Purple Bullet

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Bite the Purple Bullet and buy yourself a bigger PowerBook drive. Along with the cases that various hard drive vendors sell, you can now buy a $99 NuBus card from ETC Peripherals that will accept your 2.5" hard drive (or a 3.5" low-power drive if you buy an optional Purple Bullet Expander). The Purple Bullet provides a selectable SCSI address switch, an LED activity light, ETC Disk Tools 4.0, and all the necessary cables.

ETC -- 800/876-4ETC -- 813/884-2863 -- 813/888-9535 (fax)

 

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