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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.

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Doug McLean

 
 

Quicksilver ß67

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The resurrected Quicksilver utility lives to launch another day with an update to version ß67. It has a smattering of additions and improvements, including monitoring of running applications and processes in real time, improved catalog search speed, and rejiggering and simplification of preferences. But ß67 is largely a maintenance release that squashes a number of bugs, including a fix for “odd behavior” when grabbing multiple items in the Finder, correct resolution of wildcards in paths and restoration of docked panels, and putting a stop to duplicating objects in the catalog when added to the object history. (Free, 2.4 MB, release notes)

 

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Shouldn't this post be titled β67?