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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

 
 

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Deciding what events in the computer industry merit mention in TidBITS is a difficult task, since the headline grabbing events are not always the most interesting ones. Many of the articles in Usenet and the trade magazines continue to focus on the introduction of Windows 3.0 and the effect it will have on the industry. We wrote about Windows in the 21-May-90 issue of TidBITS are not inclined to do so again so soon, or at least not until more people have used Windows heavily. But should you wish to learn more about Windows, you can read the 04-Jun-90 and 05-Jun-90 issues of PC WEEK, MacWEEK, and InfoWorld, all of which have numerous articles on the subject.

The second item of little interest is the news that the Lotus Novell merger is off. Apparently Novell wanted a little too much power in the resulting company and Lotus couldn't accept that. Obviously, all the prognosticating the press did is for naught now, and we at TidBITS merely wish to say that Microsoft is probably breathing a little easier now in its quest to control all of personal computing. We think Microsoft should learn to create real interfaces already and should program by the rules, neither of which is in evidence with their Macintosh software. Many thanks to Pat Hirayama for an article on Usenet that predated all the reports in the trade magazines by almost two weeks. We wish now that we had used his posting last issue. Oh well.

Finally, our apologies for missing last week's issue of TidBITS. Three factors contributed to our temporary delinquency. First, the Memorial Day weekend in the US cut back on the availability of information from vendors and magazines. Second, it was an uninteresting week as far as the computer industry went, due in part to Memorial Day as well, no doubt. Third and finally, we put out TidBITS completely for free and as such it must take a back seat to our attempts to earn a living. Unfortunate but true. We hope that these circumstances will not conspire again to make us miss an issue. Again, our sincere apologies.

Information from:
Pat Hirayama -- hirayama@sumax.UUCP

Related articles:
InfoWorld -- 28-May-90, Vol. 12 #22, pg. 1

 

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