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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

 
 

DealBITS Drawing: lynda.com's Online Training Library

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Different people learn software best in different ways. Some like playing with a program on their own, others prefer reading something like one of our Take Control ebooks, and many people like attending classes. But there's yet another form of training that's becoming increasingly popular - video training via the Internet. Perhaps the best-known company in this field - at least of those that provide topics of interest to Mac users - is lynda.com, founded by Lynda Weinman in 1995. lynda.com has approximately 250 training programs, many of which cover Macintosh software and were created by the same authors who have written best-selling books and ebooks. So if you're interested in online video training, check out the list of topics in lynda.com's Online Training Library; all the titles have free samples, and you can see if any of them would prove useful in your work.

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