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.
Major announcements this week come from unexpected sources: Skype and IDG World Expo. Skype is releasing an iPhone app, perhaps by the time you read this, and IDG World Expo has moved Macworld Expo from its traditional early January dates to the middle of February. In other news, we released "Take Control of the Mac Command Line with Terminal" for those who want to know more about the Mac's Unix command line, Jeff Carlson reveals some of the changes that Apple refuses to tell us about in iMovie '09 8.0.1, Matt Neuburg explains how the latest version of KeyCue shows both application and global keyboard shortcuts, David Blatner makes the most of a bad situation by explaining what he learned from having his laptop stolen, and Adam goes deep to learn exactly what Apple puts inside an Xserve's Apple Drive Module. Other software releases this week include Firefox 3.0.8, iLife Support 9.0.2, iWeb Update 3.0.1, iPhoto Update 8.0.2, iMovie Update 8.0.1, iWork '09 Update 1 9.0.1, MacBook Pro Graphics Firmware Update 1.0, Sandvox 1.6, TextExpander 2.6 and Carbon Copy Cloner 3.2.
An ebook on our most-requested topic is now available: Joe Kissell's "Take Control of the Mac Command Line with Terminal." If you've ever wanted to learn how to use the Mac's command line, or if you want to extend your skills beyond rote entry of commands you read in an article, Joe will teach you what you need to know.Show full article
As the process of reshaping Macworld Expo after Apple's pullout continues, IDG World Expo has announced that the 2010 show will move from its traditional early January dates to February 9th through 13th.Show full article
Skype is slated to release a version of its voice-over-IP software for the iPhone and iPod touch on 31-Mar-09, but don't expect it to eliminate your need for cell phone minutes entirely.Show full article
Behind the facade of "improves overall stability," Apple's frustratingly vague description of the iMovie 8.0.1 Update, lie a handful of noteworthy changes to iMovie '09.Show full article
With version 4.4, the keyboard shortcut utility KeyCue now lists many global keyboard shortcuts.Show full article
After his MacBook Pro was snatched, David Blatner discovered the hard way that losing hardware was the least of his concerns. Lesson learned, he details what he's doing now to prevent data loss and potential identity theft on his current laptop.Show full article
If you've had an Xserve drive fail, you may have considered putting a replacement drive inside its Apple Drive Module to save some money. That may be a false economy, though, as Adam discovers when chasing down exactly what goes into Apple Drive Modules and why they cost so much more than bare retail drives.Show full article
Notable software releases this week include Firefox 3.0.8, iLife Support 9.0.2, iWeb Update 3.0.1, iPhoto Update 8.0.2, iMovie Update 8.0.1, iWork '09 Update 1 9.0.1, MacBook Pro Graphics Firmware Update 1.0, Sandvox 1.6, TextExpander 2.6 and Carbon Copy Cloner 3.2.Show full article
Read on for a collection of links to the most interesting articles and resources that the TidBITS staff discovered on the Web this week.Show full article
This week's discussions touch on many topics, including iPod sync errors after moving iPhoto's library, reformatting USB memory drives, protecting data on laptops, determining the latest installed version of Java, extending and joining AirPort networks, using server-grade drives in Time Capsule, and dealing with Apple's terse release notes.Show full article