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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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Open Door Networks Releases ShareWay IP 2.0 -- Open Door Networks has shipped ShareWay IP 2.0, an upgrade to their useful networking utility for making Macs with Personal File Sharing or older AppleShare servers accessible via TCP/IP (see "Share and Share IP Alike" in TidBITS-436). The main new feature in ShareWay IP 2.0 is support for SLP (Server Location Protocol), a method of dynamically locating and accessing servers, much like using the AppleTalk Chooser. Essentially, ShareWay IP 2.0-based servers register themselves through SLP, and then users can use Open Door's bundled AFP Engage 2.0 to display a list of available servers. Other new features in 2.0 include a background-only mode of operation, real-time logging, and enhanced security features. Due to limitations in Apple's SLP plug-in, only the Personal and Standard editions of ShareWay IP have been upgraded to 2.0; a future version of the SLP plug-in should enable Open Door to release a version of the multi-server ShareWay IP Professional. Upgrades are free for purchases made after 03-Jan-99 and otherwise cost between $34 and $89 for single user licenses, depending on the version of ShareWay IP. Discounts are available for site license upgrades, and evaluation copies are available for download. [ACE]

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