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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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DealBITS Drawing: BeLight Software's Disc Cover

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The Ukrainian Mac development firm BeLight Software continues to extend their flock of special purpose publishing programs, adding the CD/DVD labeling software Disc Cover to the collection of Business Card Composer, Mail Factory, and Swift Publisher. Like BeLight's other programs, Disc Cover offers a clean interface for arranging text and graphics, this time within the limitations of CD/DVD disc labels (along with jewel case covers, booklets, and even odd items like mini CDs/DVDs, business card CDs/DVDs, and VHS labels). It shows alignment lines as you move objects around, integrates the image editing features from BeLight's free Image Tricks, and offers a slew of backgrounds and other images you can use. There's also full integration with iTunes and iPhoto, plus the capability to pull in MP3 information and pictures from folders in the Finder. And if you're not feeling creative, Disc Cover offers a bunch of pre-designed templates you can customize.

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