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.
Apple Computer took several big steps forward on the long and winding road that is the lawsuit brought by Apple Corps with a legal victory over the use of the Apple logo in iTunes. Meanwhile, Jeff Porten reports from last week's Computer, Freedom, and Privacy 2006 conference, where government officials, privacy advocates, and geeks of all stripes spent four intense days of debate and discussion. Also in this issue, Apple releases Aperture 1.1.1 and Logic Pro 7.2.1; Akumen announces the first FireWire 800 ExpressCard for the MacBook Pro; and we release a draft version of Joe Kissell's new ebook "Take Control of Running Windows on a Mac."
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"Take Control of Running Windows on a Mac" Pre-order -- With all the press coverage of Apple's Boot Camp, many people have wondered about the reality of running Windows on Intel-based Macs, but they've been hesitant to devote the time and money to installing Windows XP, especially since Boot Camp may not be the best solution for running Windows on a MacShow full article
The first link for each thread description points to the traditional TidBITS Talk interface; the second link points to the same discussion on our Web Crossing server, which provides a different look and which may be faster. MP3 file format -- Strange behavior of MP3 audio files makes a reader question whether the problem is with the format or with specific applicationsShow full article