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.
Other articles in the series Nisus 3.0
- Nisus Details (06 Apr 92)
- Nisus Conclusions (06 Apr 92)
- A Miscellany of Nits (06 Apr 92)
- More Bells (06 Apr 92)
- Broken Bells and Feeble Whistles (06 Apr 92)
- Macros and Programming (06 Apr 92)
- Find/Replace (06 Apr 92)
- Rulers and Styles - III (06 Apr 92)
- Rulers and Styles - II (06 Apr 92)
- Rulers and Styles - I (06 Apr 92)
- Windows (06 Apr 92)
- Typing, Clicking, and Moving (06 Apr 92)
- Nisus Introduction (06 Apr 92)
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by Matt Neuburg -- CLAS005@cantva.canterbury.ac.nz (with comments by Adam C. Engst -- firstname.lastname@example.org) NOTE: My original review was too long, so Adam decided to cut some of the detailed technical discussionShow full article
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