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.
This week's issue revolves around audio, but in two very different ways. First, Adam examines the recent Supreme Court decision against peer-to-peer file sharing companies Grokster and StreamCast Networks. Then Andy Affleck rejoins us for a look at the new podcasting support in iTunes 4.9. In the news, we cover the releases of QuicKeys X3 3.1 and Virtual PC 7.0.2, note the passing of grayscale iPods, and announce "Take Control of Tiger," our latest Take Control print collection.
QuicKeys X3 3.1 Supports Automator, Adds Toolbars -- Startly Technologies has released QuicKeys X3 version 3.1, adding support for incorporating Automator workflows into QuicKeys shortcuts and bringing back SoftKeys, which provides a translucent toolbar with 10 slots for holding shortcutsShow full article
Virtual PC 7.0.2 Gains Full Tiger Compatibility -- Microsoft has released Virtual PC 7.0.2, a free minor update that provides full compatibility with Mac OS X 10.4 TigerShow full article
Apple Says Goodbye to Grayscale iPods -- In conjunction with the release of iTunes 4.9, Apple merged its iPod and iPod photo product lines. Gone are the black and white screens that appear on most current iPods - it's all color nowShow full article
DealBITS Drawing: Audio Hijack Pro Winners -- Congratulations to David Scott of mac.com, Mary Seiler of comcast.net, and Marian Petrides of earthlink.net, whose entries were chosen randomly from 1,246 valid entries in last week's DealBITS drawing and who each received a copy of Audio Hijack Pro from Rogue Amoeba Software, worth $32Show full article
On 27-Jun-05, the Supreme Court of the United States handed down a unanimous decision in the MGM v. Grokster case that dealt a blow to proponents of peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing technologies and gave free rein to the lawyers of the large media companiesShow full article
Apple last week released iTunes 4.9, adding extensive support for finding, subscribing to, and managing podcasts, which are audio files that are made available for anyone on the Internet download and listen to (see "Podcasting: The People's Radio" in TidBITS-766)Show full article
"Take Control of Tiger," the latest print collection of Take Control ebooks published in association with our friends at Peachpit Press, is now available! If you've been holding off on installing Tiger because you didn't want to print out hundreds of pages of ebooks, or if you would simply prefer to read about Tiger in a professionally designed, four-color book, you can now purchase the 350-page collection from Amazon for only $19.79Show full article
The second URL below each thread description points to the discussion on our Web Crossing server, which will be faster. Multi-platform Backup Solution -- A reader looking for software that will back up an environment of mixed operating systems finds that the options aren't simpleShow full article