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 its January introduction at Macworld Expo, Apple's Time Capsule - a combination AirPort base station and networked Time Machine backup disk - is finally shipping. Glenn Fleishman takes a look at the device and wonders why the company doesn't extend the backup functionality to hard drives connected to existing AirPort Extreme base stations. In other hardware news, Apple added the multi-touch trackpad introduced on the MacBook Air to new MacBook Pro models, but not new MacBooks. And do you ever wonder if those end-of-year software deals are worth it for developers? Adam looks at some results from the MacSanta 2007 promotion. We round out this issue with a look at the maintenance utility CheckUp 1.0, the wonders of iChat screen sharing, a few minimally described updates from Apple, and the latest news in the cellular carriers' rush to flat-rate pricing.
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A new maintenance utility looks fantastic and does a few things well, but has some serious bugs, missing features, and other problems.Show full article
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