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.
Wouldn't it be cool if you could synchronize files between your Mac and your iPhone... without actually having to copy them to the iPhone? Joe Kissell reviews SugarSync, which lets you perform all sorts of useful tricks with synced files, whether or not you have an iPhone. Joe also examines a number of iPhone 3G cases, with an eye toward finding the perfect iPhone protection that fits in his pocket. Andy Affleck joins us with a look at Ambrosia Software's new WireTap Anywhere audio utility, which is apropos, given the release of the second edition of his "Take Control of Podcasting on the Mac." Adam ponders whether Apple's special event on Tuesday will bring a glitch-free launch, and Glenn notes that Amazon Video on Demand now works on the Mac. In the TidBITS Watchlist this week, we note the releases of Dialectic 1.2, Sandvox 1.5, Simon 2.4.2, PCalc 3.3, Sound Studio 3.5.7 and Tinderbox 4.5.
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