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 HTML Editors
- HTMLbits: Taking New Software Out for a Spin (27 Oct 97)
- Spinning the Web Part 7: FrontPage, Fusion, and Final Thoughts (04 Aug 97)
- Spinning the Web Part 6: Linking up with Site Managers (28 Jul 97)
- Spinning the Web Part 5: New Frontiers (21 Jul 97)
- Spinning the Web Part 4: CyberStudio (07 Jul 97)
- Spinning the Web Part 3: Basic Visual HTML Editing (30 Jun 97)
- Spinning the Web Part 2: PageSpinner Meets the Competition (23 Jun 97)
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