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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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Never let it be said we don't play well with the younger kids. Despite TidBITS being an official teenager now, Tonya and I had a great time at the Bare Bones 10th anniversary dinner on 19-May-03 with Rich Siegel, Meredith Taitz, Patrick Woolsey, and the rest of the Bare Bones crew, along with a few other guests like Andy "America's 42nd most-beloved industry personality" Ihnatko and Steve "Mr. IOXperts" Sisak.

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We're proud to have such a fun company sponsoring TidBITS, and the 10th Anniversary Celebration helped us recover from the disappointment of learning that the BBEdit Personal Service pricing option ($250,000 for hand delivery by a Bare Bones employee in a gorilla suit, unlimited feature additions, ceremonial breaking of the seal on the CD-ROM, and interpretive reading of the manual) was only a cruel April Fools prank. Oh, the letdown! But seriously, congratulations to Bare Bones for ten years of producing high-quality Mac-only software, and we're looking forward to another ten.

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