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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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Apple Reschedules WWDC Yet Again

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Apple Reschedules WWDC Yet Again -- In a move that will no doubt cause even more consternation, Apple today announced that it has again rescheduled the upcoming Worldwide Developer Conference, this time to coincide with the new Create conference that replaced Macworld Expo from 14-Jul-03 through 18-Jul-03. Ron Okamoto, Apple's vice president of Worldwide Developer Relations, said, "Between our discussions with the MacHack organizing committee and the just-announced availability of room at the Create conference in New York City, this move became the obvious best choice for both Apple and the Macintosh developer community." As before, the Apple Developer Connection will offer help for those who have already rejiggered their airplane and hotel reservations to match Apple's previous choice for the WWDC venue - San Francisco in June.

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Overall, the move makes a lot of sense, since even Macworld Expo has been incapable of filling the cavernous halls of New York City's Javits Convention Center, and it's unlikely that Create will draw nearly as many attendees. That means there's plenty of unused room, and Apple was probably able to negotiate a good deal on the space. Though New York isn't cheap, combining two conferences into one may save significant amounts of money for companies that would have to attend both WWDC and Create. And, of course, now Create will get a Steve Jobs keynote and the accompanying product introductions that ensure that Macworld Expos are never dull. [ACE]

 

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