Karelia Updates to Watson 1.7 -- Karelia has released Watson 1.7, the latest version of their innovative program for viewing Web-based content in a clean custom interface. Along with a tool for searching the Epicurious database of recipes, Watson 1.7 includes a SiteSearch tool that helps you access the search engines of individual Web sites via their Sherlock plug-ins. A number of Sherlock plug-ins are included, and you can add more. Other small improvements include the move to "combo boxes" that let you enter new terms or choose from the last 12 entered, user-configurable font settings, and additional categories in the PriceGrabber tool. Watson 1.7 is a free upgrade for registered users; new copies cost $30. It's a 1.8 MB download. [ACE]
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.