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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

 
 

Version 5.1: A DragThing of Beauty

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Version 5.1: A DragThing of Beauty -- TLA Systems's DragThing, a launcher and Dock replacement that we've been covering since its inception, has been upgraded to version 5.1. The big change here is that DragThing's docks are now documents: you can now open and close them individually, and they can be exported completely as XML. This makes things much easier when you develop a one-off or specialized dock that needn't be present all the time. You can also have "workspaces" (dock sets), read-only docks, and stationery docks. The Desktop Trash feature is also much more flexible, and there are many cosmetic and functional improvements and bug fixes. DragThing 5.1 requires Mac OS X 10.2 Jaguar or better and is a 3.2 MB download. It costs $30; this is a free upgrade for DragThing 5 users. [MAN]

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