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.
Matt Neuburg weighs in with a hefty look at the latest version of one of the most popular utility packages of all time, the Now Utilities. Chuck Bartosch passes on news of Apple's financial results (they're good), and we announce several new Internet sites aimed at Mac Internet users and readers of Internet Starter Kit for Macintosh. Finally, we have MailBITS about Microsoft's purchase of Intuit, important new programs, and a super fast CD-ROM drive.
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