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.
In this far-reaching issue of TidBITS, we cover a pair of announcements: Amazon’s long-rumored Fire Phone, with a 3D interface and streamlined shopping, and Apple’s new entry-level iMac, which trades significant power for its lower price. The second- and third-generation Apple TVs don’t support iTunes Extras, but Agen Schmitz shows you how to watch them on Apple’s streaming set-top boxes. Yahoo and AOL have taken drastic new measures to enhance security, but at the cost of breaking mailing lists and email forwarding — Adam Engst explains the highly technical details. In Take Control news this week, Charles Edge looks at enabling file sharing in “Take Control of OS X Server,” and we’re particularly pleased to publish Glenn Fleishman’s new “Take Control of Your Apple Wi-Fi Network” to answer all your wireless networking questions. Don’t miss the 70% discount on Live Interior 3D in this week’s DealBITS drawing, and if you’re fluent in Dutch or Japanese, we could use some translation help! Finally, in FunBITS, Josh Centers strolls down memory lane with SimCity 4: Deluxe Edition for Mac, an updated edition of the classic city simulator for modern Macs. Notable software releases this week include LaunchBar 6.0.1, Carbon Copy Cloner 3.5.5, OmniFocus 2.0.1, and Typinator 6.0.
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