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 big news this week, which indicates it’s a bit of a slow time, was Apple’s release of the new Podcasts app, which lets you subscribe to and listen to podcasts on iOS devices. Podcaster Andy Affleck takes a look. Also this week, Bob Mansfield retires from Apple, we cover the closings of ZangZing and QOOP, the Dropbox-driven Calepin blogging platform goes open source, and Steve McCabe contributes a story of how he got the runaround from Apple both on an international iPhone replacement and on getting technical details about why the replacement wasn’t possible. Notable software releases this week include Aperture 3.3.1, CloudPull 2.1.1, and KeyCue 6.2.
Apple Senior Vice President of Hardware Engineering Bob Mansfield is retiring from Apple after 13 years.Show full article
Calepin’s founder decides that the minimalist blogging platform isn’t a business for him, so he’s releasing the code as open source so anyone can run their own Calepin service.Show full article
A pair of companies that we’ve written about, and whose services we’ve used, will be shutting down soon. It’s a sad fact of life that many — perhaps even most — Internet startups will fail, but it’s harder to accept when you were a happy user.Show full article
All Steve McCabe wanted was an in-warranty fix for a struggling iPhone. But Apple’s service advisors proved incapable of either helping with an international warranty repair or providing a straight answer to a seemingly simple technical question.Show full article
Apple has released a new iOS app called Podcasts that focuses on — wait for it — podcasts, removing the need to listen to podcasts in the Music app. However, along with some impressive skeuomorphic graphics, the Podcasts app has a few interface and performance issues.Show full article
Notable software releases this week include Aperture 3.3.1, CloudPull 2.1.1, and KeyCue 6.2.Show full article
Should you be worried about the privacy implications of Siri? That’s the question prompted by this MIT Technology Review article. Also this week, Andy Ihnatko expresses his concern about how Apple is requiring certain things for integration with iCloud.Show full article