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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 Releases Mac OS X 10.2.1 and iTunes 3.0.1

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Apple Releases Mac OS X 10.2.1 and iTunes 3.0.1 -- Apple pushed a trio of small upgrades out the door last week through Software Update and as separate downloads. The most significant was Mac OS X 10.2.1, which peppers the operating system with numerous small enhancements. Examples include improved compatibility between iMovie and media converters; the capability for CDs burned on a Mac to be read under Windows; improvements in Mail to avoid messages being lost when the connection is broken; resolved printing issues; and a handful of iBook fixes. Mac OS X 10.2.1 is a 17.1 MB download. Also released, but without details about what's changed, was iTunes 3.0.1, which offers unspecified performance enhancements and Jaguar compatibility; the update is a 5 MB download. Finally, Apple posted Security Update 2002-09-20, which replaces the Terminal application for an undisclosed reason; the download is 680K. [JLC]

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