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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

 

 

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Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger To Be Released 29-Apr-05

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Ending the rampant speculation of exactly when Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger would be released, Apple last week announced that its next-generation operating system will be available for sale as of 6:00 PM on Friday, April 29th, 2005, although you can also pre-order from Apple (and other retailers). Tiger will cost $130 for a single user license; the Mac OS X Tiger Family Pack offers a five-user license for $200, and the Mac OS Up-to-Date upgrade package will cost $10 for those who bought a new Mac on or after 12-Apr-05 (this offer ends 22-Jul-05).

<http://www.apple.com/macosx/>
<http://www.apple.com/pr/library/2005/apr/ 12tiger.html>
<http://www.apple.com/macosx/uptodate/>

Tiger requires a minimum of 256 MB of RAM (but anyone with any sense will install more) and will run on any Macintosh that has both a PowerPC G3, G4, or G5 processor and built-in FireWire. You need at least a 1 GHz PowerPC G4 or a dual 800 MHz PowerPC G4-based Power Mac - along with 100 Kbps of Internet bandwidth - to participate in a multi-person video chat with iChat - one of Tiger's most ballyhooed features. Initiating a multi-person video chat requires even more stringent requirements: a Mac with at least dual 1 GHz PowerPC G4s or one with a PowerPC G5 CPU, along with 384 Kbps of Internet bandwidth (the initiating computer is the one that handles much of the video encoding and audio-video synchronization).

Tiger ships on DVD; if your otherwise-compatible Mac has only a CD drive, you can either boot your Mac in FireWire Target Disk Mode and install to it from another DVD-equipped Mac, or you can pay Apple $10 for a set of Tiger CDs. To order the CD set, download the PDF form linked below.

<http://images.apple.com/macosx/pdf/ tigermediaexchange.pdf>

Released simultaneously will be Mac OS X Server 10.4 Tiger, which will, as usual, cost $500 for a 10-user license and $1,000 for an unlimited client edition. Apple is also accepting pre-orders for Tiger Server, and the Mac OS Up-to-Date program has the same $10 cost for anyone who buys an Xserve G5 on or after 12-Apr-05. Tiger Server will ship on all new Xserve G5s, and can run on the same Macs as the desktop version as long as at least 4 GB of disk space is available.

<http://www.apple.com/server/macosx/>
<http://www.apple.com/pr/library/2005/apr/ 12tigerserver.html>

And yes, we are on track to release "Take Control of Upgrading to Tiger" and "Take Control of Customizing Tiger" at 6:00 PM EDT on Friday, April 29th, too! If all goes well, we also hope to have "Take Control of Users & Accounts in Tiger" and "Take Control of Sharing Files in Tiger" available then as well; all four ebooks are available for pre-order now. Check the Take Control News page for the latest information.

<http://www.takecontrolbooks.com/news/>

 

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