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 Macworld Superlatives
- Macworld Expo 2000 NY Other Superlatives (31 Jul 00)
- Macworld Expo 2000 NY Software Superlatives (31 Jul 00)
- Macworld Expo 2000 NY Hardware Superlatives (31 Jul 00)
- Macworld Expo SF '99 Superlatives (18 Jan 99)
- Macworld Expo NYC Superlatives (13 Jul 98)
- Macworld San Francisco 1998 Superlatives (12 Jan 98)
- Macworld NY 1999 Superlatives (02 Aug 99)
- Macworld Boston '97 Superlatives (18 Aug 97)
- Macworld Expo Superlatives/Jan-97 (13 Jan 97)
- Macworld Expo Superlatives (12 Aug 96)
- More Macworld Superlatives (05 Feb 96)
- Macworld SF 96 Superlatives (15 Jan 96)
- Macworld Superlatives (21 Aug 95)
- Macworld Superlatives (08 Aug 94)
- Macworld Superlatives (10 Aug 92)
This issue features our picks for the most interesting products and events at the recent San Francisco Macworld Expo, complete with Adam's take on Internet software at the show, Tonya's report on the state of QuickDraw GX fonts and applications, and our traditional Macworld Expo superlatives. The usual complement of MailBITS commenting on previous articles round out the issue.
We're all back from Macworld San Francisco, where we had a good time despite gusty wind and rain and a somewhat ho-hum show. Our personal high points came when playing country mice riding up the multiple floors of semi-circular escalators at the Nordstrom store on Market Street and riding up the 32-floor-high external glass elevators at the Westin StShow full article
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Charles Wheeler writes: Your end of the year report in TidBITS-257 neglected to mention that 1994 was finally the year CD-ROM gained mass acceptance after years of tryingShow full article
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Mark Anbinder started our tradition of an article awarding some tongue-in-cheek awards (and some serious ones) to various companies, products, and events at the showShow full article