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.
Last week's Macworld Expo in San Francisco fills this issue, as we cover the basics of Steve Jobs's keynote address, delve into what this year's show was really about for the larger Macintosh community, and look in depth at Apple's new Internet services. In the news, AOL announced it is buying Time Warner, Apple released Open Transport 2.6 and pulled OT Tuner 1.0, and we announce a new home for our servers at digital.forest.
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