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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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Eudora 4.3.1 Replaces Version 4.3

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Eudora 4.3.1 Replaces Version 4.3 -- After an initial abortive release of Eudora 4.3, Qualcomm quickly uploaded version 4.3.1, which fixes a bug caused by a single line of code being inadvertently removed in the final compile. The bug? In Sponsored mode, Eudora 4.3 wouldn't fetch ads. Unfortunately, Eudora 4.3 will get cranky and start nagging after not receiving ads for several days and will automatically switch down to Light mode after a few weeks. So if you downloaded 4.3 and are using it in Sponsored mode, you'll want to get 4.3.1 instead. Again, if you're a current Eudora Pro 4.x user, wait for the updater that will bring you up to Eudora 4.3 and register you in Paid mode, due later this week - the full Eudora 4.3.1 won't accept Eudora 4.x registration numbers. The updater, initially slated for last week, is now scheduled to become available later this week.

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Also note that we biffed the system requirements for Eudora slightly in last week's article in TidBITS-517. Eudora 4.3.1 requires a PowerPC-based Mac with Mac OS 7.6 or above with QuickTime 3.0.2 or later (which you can download from the custom installation screen in Eudora's installer). Eudora 4.3.1 is a 5.6 MB download. [ACE]

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New for iOS 8: TextExpander 3 with custom keyboard.
Set up short abbreviations which expand to larger bits of text,
such as "Tx" for "TextExpander". With the new custom keyboard,
you can expand abbreviations in any app, including Safari and
Mail. <http://smle.us/tetouch3-tb>