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.
As everyone takes a breather after last week's iPhone 3G launch coverage, we dip back into a wide variety of topics, including Apple's public apology for messing up the MobileMe launch and a look at how Apple's market share is increasing. Glenn Fleishman also looks at Microsoft's backtracking on the MSN Music debacle, the new GoBoingo application for the Mac, Nokia's buyout of the Symbian mobile phone operating system, and how a few hundred thousand dollars can buy you a new top-level domain. Adam looks at Precipitate, which brings Spotlight searching to Google Docs files, and Rick Fay evaluates hands-free options for the iPhone. In the TidBITS Watchlist, we look at the iPod touch 1.1.5 update, the HP Printer Driver 1.1, and three updates from Rogue Amoeba: Airfoil 3.2.1, Audio Hijack Pro 2.8.2, and Nicecast 1.9.3.
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