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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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Get Pre-Publication iPhoto 2 VQS Chapters -- As the latest in my efforts to experiment with various approaches to electronic publishing, I will be making available for download each chapter in my forthcoming book, iPhoto 2 for Mac OS X: Visual QuickStart Guide. Most people who use iPhoto have probably upgraded to iPhoto 2, but I see no reason why people who want to buy the book should wait for all the unavoidable aspects of print publishing (especially for international readers) that delay the arrival of a book. So here's the deal. If you pre-order my iPhoto 2 book on Amazon, from Peachpit, or any other source, and send your receipt to <iphoto-vqs@tidbits.com>, I'll send you the instructions for getting each chapter in PDF format as soon as I finish writing and Tonya finishes editing. I'll also add you to a mailing list that will receive announcements when I upload a new chapter. At the end, I'll post the entire book as a single PDF with the bookmarks and links that can make an electronic book even more useful than a physical copy. And of course, when the paper copy comes out, it will arrive on your doorstep as soon as possible.

A few notes about different retail outlets: Since I'm handling all this myself ("if you want something done right..."), it really doesn't matter where you choose to pre-order the book as long as you can send me a receipt via email. However, I've noticed that Amazon is not yet discounting the $20 book their usual 20 to 30 percent, so you'll pay a bit more there right now. Other booksellers may offer a discount and reasonable shipping rates. [ACE]

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