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.
This week we have news from the virus front, including commentary from John Norstad of Disinfectant fame, and information about the new DeskWriter drivers. Read on for details about an unfortunate conflict between QuickMail and AppleShare 3.0, an enlightening discussion of patents and copyrights from a developer of a Mac emulator, and finally an introduction to VIM and OCE, new messaging technologies worth a close look.
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