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Better management of OS X Services
Authored by: r-spx on Aug 22, '11 08:54:28AM

The site linked to isn't run by Apple. This is stated quite clearly at the top of the site: THIS WEBSITE IS NOT HOSTED BY APPLE, INC.

The site is not registered by Apple. Here's the Whois record:

Soghoian, Sal
ATTN MACOSXAUTOMATION.COM
care of Network Solutions
PO Box 459
Drums, PA. US 18222

I can't tell if the app is actually official (apart from license agreements, which can easily be faked by copy and pasting). There's no "(c) Apple" in the app menu -> About Service Manager, which is perhaps the killer blow indicating this isn't an official app. Apple always make that kind of thing very, very clear.

This tip needs editing to point all of this out, and that this is essentially a third-party app masquerading as an official app.



Edited on Aug 22, '11 08:57:53AM by r-spx



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Better management of OS X Services
Authored by: rusty on Aug 22, '11 09:29:05AM

Yes, thanks for taking the time to post this, and it concerned me as well.

Also it concerns me that the package installer asks for admin access to install this app.

The file list looks to be benign (ie: ./Services Manager.app/Contents/*) but think some more diligence might be due on this hint.



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Better management of OS X Services
Authored by: felibb on Aug 22, '11 09:34:36AM

To be fair, this guy actually works for Apple: http://seminars.apple.com/seminarsonline/applescript/apple/index.html



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Better management of OS X Services
Authored by: dronkert on Aug 22, '11 09:41:37AM

That adds a bit more credence to it but I did find the masquerading part disquieting.



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Better management of OS X Services
Authored by: astrosmash on Aug 22, '11 09:49:02AM

Sal Soghoian is a long time AppleScript advocate who is now a product manager in the automation group at Apple, which is responsible for AppleScript, Automator, and Terminal in OS X. He routinely gives talks about the automation features in OS X, on behalf of Apple.

That said, the web site is his, not Apple's, and the software on that site would be provided by him, not Apple. But that is perfectly clear if you visit the website. So it's "3rd party" software written an Apple employee.

You won't find a more reliable source if you're looking for OS X automation information and tools.



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Better management of OS X Services
Authored by: BiL Castine on Aug 22, '11 09:53:51AM
I'm not sure how you determined this wasn't an official Apple app, the license agreement presented before downloading the app clearly states (italics are mine):
Software Agreement
Services Manager (v1.0) © Copyright 2009 Apple Inc. All rights reserved.

IMPORTANT: This Apple software is supplied to you by Apple Computer, Inc. (“Apple”) in consideration of your agreement to the following terms, and your use, installation, modification or redistribution of this Apple software constitutes acceptance of these terms. If you do not agree with these terms, please do not use, install, modify or redistribute this Apple software.
Sal Soghoianis the AppleScript Product Manager at Apple.

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Better management of OS X Services
Authored by: David Ledger on Aug 23, '11 09:41:41AM

It's not unusual for an employer to claim all rights to anything an employee creates, even in their own time. Don't know if Apple does this.



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