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.
Apple began shipping the Intel-based iMac, MacBook Pro, and Mac mini computers months earlier than expected, and now they've done the same with the high-end Xserve - boasting processors from Intel rival AMD; Geoff Duncan has the specs and analysis. Also in this special issue, Jeff Carlson notes new marketing campaigns by FedEx and UPS, Glenn Fleishman reports on the miniPLUS super-accessory for the Mac mini along with a way to run Classic on Intel chips, Adam unearths details on the little-known AJRP, and Joe Kissell announces "Take Control of Your Daily Life." Lastly, this issue marks the start of a new delivery option as well as the premiere of the TidBITS Video Podcast, and we regretfully announce that Joe is moving on from TidBITS.
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