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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

 

 

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BBEdit 5.0.1 Update -- Bare Bones Software has released BBEdit 5.0.1, an update to the commercial version of the high-powered text editor. In addition to a handful of bug fixes (see "HTML Enhancements Highlight BBEdit 5.0" in TidBITS-454), changes in this version include the function scanner now supporting JavaScript (whether embedded in an HTML document or in a standalone file), additional support for inserting include files and placeholder tags, improved image tag updating, and the addition of several HTML-oriented scripting commands. Version 5.0.1 also adds a generous selection of tweaks and minor feature enhancements. Owners of BBEdit 5.0 can download the 1 MB update for free from the Bare Bones Web site or a number of mirror sites. [GD]

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