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 look more closely at component level repair and whether or not it is reasonable to expect Apple to do it, report on a deal from Connectix that, in an unusual move, is only open to users of online services, and present much-awaited benchmarks on the just-released machines, again from Tom Thompson and BYTE Labs. Also, those of you on the Internet can check out parts of "The Internet Companion," available via anonymous FTP.
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