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 bring you news of Apple's acquisition of the popular Internet mail server program MailShare, along with Apple's re-acquisition of Guy Kawasaki, this time in the prestigious role of an Apple Fellow. Also, Adam steps onto the soapbox for a moment to comment on the direction of TidBITS, we bring you an overview of StarNine's Mac Web server WebSTAR, and Tonya begins a two-part review of the FullWrite 2.0 word processor from Akimbo Systems.
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