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Constant Dictionary Definitions

If you hold down Command-Control-D in a Cocoa-based application that supports AppleSpell, you'll see little dictionary pop-ups for each word that you mouse over. Neat, eh?

 
 

Apple Data Detectors 1.0.2

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Apple Data Detectors 1.0.2 -- With Mac OS 8's contextual menu technology and the combination of Apple Data Detectors and Internet Address Detectors (ADD/IAD), you can highlight a block of text in almost any application, then choose actions for any URLs, email addresses, newsgroup names, or other particular items the text contains. The release of ADD/IAD 1.0.2 optimizes performance and adds actions for interacting with FileMaker Pro and QuarkXPress. Additionally, users can disable contextual menus in selected applications by choosing an item from the Help menu when the application is active. Although Apple steered developers away from Control-click combinations for years, Mac OS 8's contextual menus can still interfere with some programs. Some applications that implement their own contextual menus (such as BBEdit) may not offer the exclusion option, and some applications don't know how to handle a change to the Help menu. ADD/IAD 1.0.2 requires a PowerPC-based Mac and Mac OS 7.6 or higher, and is a 1.9 MB download. (You'll need DiskCopy 6.1 or Aladdin's ShrinkWrap 3.0 to access the disk image.) Information is available from Apple if you want to build your own actions using AppleScript. [JLC]

<ftp://ftp.info.apple.com/Apple.Support.Area/ Apple_SW_Updates/US/ Macintosh/System/ Other_System/ADD-IAD_1.0.2.img.hqx>
<ftp://ftp.info.apple.com/Apple.Support.Area/ Apple_SW_Updates/US/ Macintosh/Utilities /Disk_Copy_6.1.3.sea.hqx>
<http://www.aladdinsys.com/dev/shrinkwrap/>
<http://applescript.apple.com/data_detectors/>

 

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