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.
Macworld Expo news continues to fill this issue, with our look at a number of products and booths that caught our attention. Adam also relates what's going on with his spam, and with the Habeas anti-spam service. And Geoff Duncan looks at Apple's recent Logic-derived audio application announcements. In the news, Apple posts a $63 million first quarter profit, Research Design's Papyrus becomes free, and AppleWorks and iCal receive minor updates. Be sure to enter our DealBITS drawing for a copy of Cocoatech's Path Finder!
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