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.
We have two big pieces of our own news this week: the release of the Bookle EPUB reader for Mac OS X and a 50-percent-off Take Control sale to celebrate. Apple’s news isn’t as good — last week’s release of Mac OS X 10.7.3 and Security Update 2012-001 for Snow Leopard were both marred by significant problems; Apple had to update the security update and pull the delta updater for 10.7.3. More interesting was the release of AirPort Utility 6.0, which provides a whizzy new graphical view of your wireless network, but removes advanced features from the previous version — wireless expert Glenn Fleishman has all the details. Glenn also continues our Macworld | iWorld coverage with a piece about using Find My Friends and a list of our video appearances at the show. Notable software releases this week include Audio Hijack Pro 2.10.1, Sandvox 2.5, Firefox 10.0, and Final Cut Pro X 10.0.3.
We’ve moved our virtual server to a new host, which resulted in it getting a new IP address. That may cause TidBITS issues and other mail from tidbits.com and takecontrolbooks.com to be caught as spam, if our previous IP address was whitelisted by your ISP.Show full article
We’ve branched out from ebooks into software with Bookle, a Mac OS X application for reading DRM-free EPUBs that we developed in collaboration with our friend Peter Lewis of Stairways Software. It’s a straightforward EPUB reader that maintains a library of your EPUBs.Show full article
To celebrate the introduction of Bookle, our new EPUB reader for Mac OS X, we’re having a 50-percent-off sale on all ebooks in the Take Control catalog through 15 February 2012. It’s a great opportunity to stock up on EPUBs for reading in Bookle.Show full article
The 1.0 release of Security Update 2012-001 caused PowerPC-based applications running under Rosetta to crash on Open and Save, and printing either failed or produced a crash as well. Although the community banded together with workarounds, Apple hastily pushed out a 1.1 release that fixes the problems.Show full article
On the desktop side, Mac OS X 10.7.3 is just another bug fix update (along with some welcome new language support). But for those using Lion Server, the 10.7.3 update provides new features and an improved interface, along with plenty of bug fixes.Show full article
TidBITS editors were frequent guests on the Macworld Live Stage on the trade-show floor portion of Macworld | iWorld. We collect the video into one place here.Show full article
Glenn Fleishman finds his first real-world use case for the iOS app Find My Friends when he arrives at San Francisco International Airport for Macworld | iWorld.Show full article
The long-overdue rewrite of Apple’s AirPort Utility brings a graphical depiction of network layout along with support for Back to My Mac configuration and drive access via iCloud. But it also removes a number of options, especially for network administrators. Be careful what you ask for.Show full article
Notable software releases this week include Audio Hijack Pro 2.10.1, Sandvox 2.5, Firefox 10.0, and Final Cut Pro X 10.0.3.Show full article
It was an insanely busy week, but we ran across this article about why standardized spelling is important and we just had to share it.Show full article