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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.

Submitted by
Doug McLean

 
 

Hot Topics in TidBITS Talk/12-Jul-04

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Although I will continue to monitor TidBITS Talk while I'm at Macworld Expo in Boston this week, my torrid schedule along with two days of travel on trains that aren't equipped with Wi-Fi (see contributing editor Glenn Fleishman's New York Times article about wireless Internet access for commuters), will likely mean somewhat more sporadic moderation.

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The second URL below each thread description points to the discussion on our Web Crossing server, which will be much faster, though it doesn't yet use our preferred design.

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Postini-like anti-spam services -- After our announcement that we would be testing Postini, several people wrote into alert us to alternative anti-spam services. (3 messages)

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Postini experiences -- Reader experiences with Postini's spam filtering service seem to be generally positive. (2 messages)

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Rating a Mac conference -- Readers chime in on what makes a conference successful. (6 messages)

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Mac OS 8.6 and 10.3.4 co-existing -- Can Mac OS 8.6 and Mac OS X 10.3.4 co-exist without undue trouble? (Yes, but...) (5 messages)

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Original AirPort Card withdrawn -- Mike Millard notes that Apple has withdrawn the original AirPort card in favor of AirPort Extreme, but that then raises the question of what to do for older Macs that can't use AirPort Extreme. (2 messages)

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Apple Delays iMacs Until Sep-04 -- Will Apple's misstep with the release of new iMac cause prices to drop on other models? (2 messages)

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