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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


Apple Volume Software Licenses

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Even more exciting (to some) than today's hardware introductions is Apple's announcement of the long-awaited Software Volume Licensing Program, enabling companies and other organizations needing multiple copies of Apple software to purchase them economically and efficiently.

Starting today, products available for volume licensing are System 7.1 upgrades, Macintosh PC Exchange, At Ease, Apple Font Pack, AppleTalk Remote Access (ARA) Client, Data Access Language (DAL) Client, TCP/IP Connection for Macintosh, MacX, SNA-ps 3270, and SNA-ps 3270 GC. Apple says that they plan to add more products to the list over time.

The program includes tiered volume pricing based on the number of computers licensed per product, with a flat price within each tier. Apple's "up and running" toll-free technical support (within the U.S.) is included with each license acquisition, and special introductory pricing will be available as a promotional kick-off for the program.

To make updates easier, Apple is offering the Apple Software Maintenance Program to licensees with fifty or more computers. This yearly subscription "will provide updates, upgrades, bug fixes, modifications, and/or software enhancements," and will be available for all above products except the Apple Font Pack.

All authorized Apple resellers may participate, so contact yours for information. Education and state and local government purchasers should contact their Apple sales rep directly. As an interesting twist, U.S. customers may acquire volume licenses for site locations outside the U.S., though we suspect that certain export restrictions, mandated by the State Department, will still apply.

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