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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

 
 

Interarchy 6.2 Released

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Interarchy 6.2 Released -- Stairways Software has released Interarchy 6.2, its utility for transferring files and testing network connections. The new version features an interarchy command line tool, more efficient SFTP mirroring, support for ELFP and SuperDOS FTP servers, and the capability to copy Rendezvous URLs from the Bookmarks window. Interarchy 6.2 was also reorganized to tie together related features, such as consolidating the Go menu and Organizer window into Bookmarks headings and making it easy to remove unused folders from the Bookmarks window. For advanced users, a new icutil command line utility can explore and edit Mac OS X's Internet Config settings. Interarchy 6.2 costs $45; upgrades from Interarchy 6.0 and later are a free 3.2 MB download. Interarchy 6.2 runs on Mac OS 8.5 and higher, although several features are available only for Mac OS X. [JLC]

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