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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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NoteBook 2.1 Adds Syncing, Cornell Note-Taking System -- Circus Ponies Software has released NoteBook 2.1, a notable (heh!) upgrade to their information organizing tool (see "The Well Worn NoteBook" and "The Shiny New NoteBook" for my reviews of earlier versions). For new users, NoteBook 2.1 now includes the Starting Point system that provides pre-built templates for a variety of common usage scenarios. It also adds support for the Cornell Note-Taking System, a method of taking notes that divides the page into three areas for taking, analyzing, summarizing, and reviewing notes. Other enhancements include support for syncing to-do items with Microsoft Entourage, the capability to make to-dos synced to iCal be calendar appointments or regular to-do items, support for the LinkBack content linking technology promulgated by Nisus Software, improved uploading of HTML-exported notebooks to .Mac, support for SFTP and FTP uploading of HTML-exported notebooks, and creation of fully linked PDFs when exporting to PDF.

<http://www.circusponies.com/>
<http://db.tidbits.com/article/08079>
<http://db.tidbits.com/article/07803>
<http://www.clt.cornell.edu/campus/learn/ LSC%20Resources/cornellsystem.pdf>
<http://www.linkbackproject.org/>

NoteBook 2.1 is a free upgrade for registered users; new copies cost $50. It's a universal binary and requires Mac OS X 10.3 Panther or later. It's a 20.5 MB download. [ACE]

<http://www.circusponies.com/store/index.php? main_page=downloads>

 

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