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.
The industry continues to evolve with dramatic twists and turns. Microsoft spent $173 million to purchase Fox Software and its database products, and Apple announced products aimed directly at the Windows market while targeting new distribution channels. Rounding out the issue we have news of a difficulty with AutoDoubler, a review of Danny Goodman's new Mac book, and a warning: get Disinfectant 2.7.1 - version 2.7 has a bug!
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