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.
After last week’s Thanksgiving hiatus, we have a bunch of news articles for you today, including news of the Google Voice app appearing, Apple making Find My iPhone free for some people, AT&T staff being confused about unlimited data plans, The Beatles finally coming to iTunes, a Wi-Fi router that uses an iPhone to create a mobile hotspot, and a USB 3.0-capable Drobo storage device. We’re also particularly pleased to publish Joe Kissell’s latest ebook masterpiece, “Take Control of Your Paperless Office,” and welcome a new sponsor, BeLight Software. For in-depth articles, check out Michael Cohen’s look at the RootMetrics approach to crowdsourcing cellular coverage information, and our staff coverage of what’s new for the iPad in the just-released iOS 4.2.1. Notable software releases over the last two weeks include BusyCal 1.5, GraphicConverter 7.0.2, EagleFiler 1.5, Adobe Reader/Acrobat Pro 9.4.1, Safari 5.0.3 and Safari 4.1.3, Boot Camp Software Update 3.2 for Windows, MacBook/MacBook Pro EFI Firmware Update 2.0, QuarkXPress 8.5, Typinator 4.2, PDFpen/PDFpen Pro 5.0.3, DEVONthink and DEVONnote 2.0.6, and Yojimbo 3.0.1.
Joe Kissell’s latest Take Control ebook provides practical techniques and useful tips for how to cut back on paper clutter and chaos.Show full article
Find My iPhone is now free for owners of the latest devices with iOS 4.2 installed. The theft-recovery and lost-device service was previously available only for paid subscribers to MobileMe.Show full article
The long-delayed, but never rejected, Google Voice app is now available in the App Store for free. The app’s time in purgatory caused Apple and AT&T plenty of headaches. It’s a nice addition to the collection of calling service-related apps for the iPhone.Show full article
AT&T customer support offers confusing, and apparently incorrect, guidance on the continuing availability of unlimited data plans for those who haven’t changed service since June.Show full article
After seven years, The Beatles have finally come to the iTunes Store. Unless you’re replacing worn-out LPs or cassettes, this is probably an excuse mostly to watch the video of The Beatles’ first live concert in the United States.Show full article
An update to the Nexaira BC2 cellular router can share an iPhone’s tethered 3G data connection via USB without jailbreaking the phone. It’s only slightly more costly than a MiFi, but isn’t battery powered.Show full article
An updated version of the popular Drobo multi-drive storage device adds a high-speed USB 3.0 port. Data Robotics also announced the release of Drobo Sync software for automatic backup of DroboPro FS devices.Show full article
We’re pleased to welcome a new TidBITS sponsor, BeLight Software, makers of a wide variety of targeted graphics and publishing software exclusively for the Mac.Show full article
The new RootMetrics app tests local mobile coverage details and adds your results to their big picture of the mobile landscape.Show full article
Upgrading your iPad to iOS 4.2.1? Here’s a look at what the new features mean to you, especially if you haven’t already been enjoying many of the general iOS 4 features on an iPhone or iPod touch.Show full article
Notable software releases over the last two weeks include BusyCal 1.5, GraphicConverter 7.0.2, EagleFiler 1.5, Adobe Reader/Acrobat Pro 9.4.1, Safari 5.0.3 and Safari 4.1.3, Boot Camp Software Update 3.2 for Windows, MacBook/MacBook Pro EFI Firmware Update 2.0, QuarkXPress 8.5, Typinator 4.2, PDFpen/PDFpen Pro 5.0.3, DEVONthink and DEVONnote 2.0.6, and Yojimbo 3.0.1.Show full article
We’ve been paying attention to the world of online streaming, with new plans from Netflix and Hulu, along with office productivity applications, where we found benchmarks of Microsoft Office 2011 and news that Google Docs documents are now editable on iOS devices. Plus, there are more options for putting an iPod nano on your wrist, and some of our staffers offer holiday gift ideas in a recent MacJury holiday gift guide podcast.Show full article