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.
Our content goes on the road this week, with Travis Butler rejoining us for a look at a new iPod FM transmitter and Glenn Fleishman laying out all the security options he uses to protect his data traffic while traveling. Matt Neuburg covers worthy updates to the CSS editor Style Master, Eastgate Systems' Tinderbox, and PTHPasteboard, and we note Security Update 2005-003 and Apple's revisions to Pages and Keynote. Be sure to enter our DealBITS drawing for a new HTML authoring tool: GoodPage!
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