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 SF 2001
- Macworld Expo SF 2001 Superlatives (29 Jan 01)
- Palms Up at Macworld Expo (29 Jan 01)
- Macworld SF 2001 Trend: Photo Catalogs (29 Jan 01)
- Macworld SF 2001 Trend: Go Wireless, Young Mac (29 Jan 01)
- Macworld SF 2001 Trend: Cool Utilities (22 Jan 01)
- Macworld SF 2001 Trend: User Groups Hold On (22 Jan 01)
- New Power Mac G4s Debut with SuperDrive (22 Jan 01)
- Mac OS X Solidifies at Macworld Expo (15 Jan 01)
- PowerBook G4 Titanium Burns Bright (15 Jan 01)
- Jobs Aims Apple for the Digital Lifestyle (15 Jan 01)
Macworld Expo coverage continues in force this week, with Jeff Carlson's look at the new Power Mac G4s and three short articles about trends we noticed. Plus, reader Jim Carr encourages California users participating in SETI@home to sit it out for a while. In the news, we look at Apple's first quarter financial results, report on your opinions of Apple's digital lifestyle thrust, and note the passing of Hewlett-Packard co-founder William Hewlett.
Apple Announces Less of a Loss -- Apple released its financial results covering the company's first fiscal quarter of 2001, posting a better-than-expected net loss of $195 millionShow full article
The Other Garage -- Although the Macintosh industry reveres the Silicon Valley garage in which Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak built the first Apple I computers, it was the other Palo Alto garage duo, William Hewlett and David Packard, who are credited with much of the modern computing revolutionShow full article
Poll Results: Embracing the Digital Lifestyle? Following Steve Jobs's Macworld Expo keynote outlining Apple's vision of the "digital lifestyle," we wanted to hear from readers who may not have been in the glow of Jobs's patented reality distortion fieldShow full article
German Translators Needed -- Some turnover among the energetic translators of TidBITS into German has revealed a need for a few more people to help outShow full article
The entire point of the SETI@home project is to exploit the massive computing power of millions of unused personal computers, and the project has broken new ground in processing radio signals from outer spaceShow full article
Although the PowerBook G4 Titanium stole the show at this year's January Macworld Expo (see "PowerBook G4 Titanium Burns Bright" in TidBITS-563), Apple also tantalized the crowds with improvements to the professional Power Mac G4 line, adding faster processors and the capability to create custom CDs and DVDs. The new machines feature PowerPC G4 chips running at speeds of 466, 533, 667, and 733 MHz, but include only single processor configurations by defaultShow full article
Traditionally, TidBITS publishes a "superlatives" article covering things at Macworld Expo that we find compelling or, at the very least, amusingShow full article
No utility made the kind of big splash that, for example, Connectix's RAM Doubler made when it was introduced back in 1994. However, there were a number of worthy entries that made this Macworld Expo a showcase for innovative utilities rather than high-end applications. Aladdin Transporter -- Aladdin Systems was showing the $150 Aladdin Transporter, an interesting program that falls somewhere between a macro utility and a scripting languageShow full article
The rise in permanent Internet connections via cable modems and DSL has raised fears of crackers breaking into individual computers and wreaking havocShow full article