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.
To kick off our new format and the new year we've included reviews of some hot new products, Word 5 (with important installation tips!) and the PowerBook 170. Find out about chord keyboards that might help with carpal tunnel syndrome and about computers you can wear. Also this week: a bug with some RasterOps video cards, an incorrect illustration in the PowerBook manual, a superstore rumor, and how to get that ResEdit template we promised last issue but forgot. Enjoy!
Welcome to TidBITS-100 and our new setext format! The term "setext" stands for "structure-enhanced text" and we have designed and optimized the format for use primarily by online publications such as TidBITS (i.e., 7-bit text only)Show full article
ResEdit Template Goof -- In our last issue, which was the last HyperCard stack, I had planned to include a ResEdit fmnu template to aid in editing the System 7 Finder (for those of you who didn't see that issue, it included a number of ways to modify your Finder to make it faster, more useful, or merely different)Show full article
RasterOps 364 Video Bug -- Mark H. Anbinder writes: Owners of the RasterOps 364 video card for the SE/30 who have tried using System 7 may find that they get occasional, unexplainable system errors (usually reported by the Mac as bus errors)Show full article
Again, from Mark H. Anbinder. On page 97 of the Macintosh User's Guide for PowerBook computers, there is an illustration showing how to insert a battery into the PowerBook 140/170 rechargerShow full article
Microsoft has begun shipping Word 5 for the Macintosh, and everyone seems to have questions about the it. Is it any good? Is it worth $129 upgrade? Will it work with my computer? Should I run right out and buy Nisus? I won't attempt to even begin to answer all these questions, but I can give a couple of my early impressions, some interesting and hopefully useful information, and some important installation tipsShow full article
My initial reaction to the PowerBook 170 was WOW! So, I thought I might use it for a couple of weeks before writing down my impressions. Now that I've used the PowerBook 170 long enough for the initial dazzle to wear off, my considered impression is WOW! One of the first things I did was run a Speedometer comparison of the PowerBook 170 and the IIci (with cache card)Show full article
I've written in the past about the cute personal organizer (nanocomputer?) from Infogrip called the miniBAT. I've used one since early August when Ward Bond, Infogrip's president, sent me one to tryShow full article