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.
After a weekend that saw the beginning of spring weather and the end of the U.S. tax season, we bring you news on IBM possibly licensing the Mac OS, an intriguing report on the Pippin (which is shipping in Japan), information about the Macintosh version of WebLint, and the results of our reviews survey. The issue continues with an essay about Internet chain mail and the second part of Adam's article on Internet bookmark managers.
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