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.
Amazon's Kindle DX ebook reader was last week's big news, and Adam offers a look at what's new, along with thoughts about what sort of content the Kindle is best suited to provide. Also this week, Mark Anbinder returns with coverage of FileMaker's new Bento app for the iPhone, Doug McLean explains a new Apple policy regarding water-damaged iPhones, and Neale Monks eulogizes AppleLust founder David Schultz. For something a little different, Doug also looks at an innovative tool created by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art to display their massive permanent collection on the Web. In the world of software releases, we look briefly at Fireworks CS4 10.0.3 Updater, Apple's Xserve LOM Firmware Update 1.2, BBEdit 9.2, OmniFocus 1.6.1, SousChef 1.2, Apple's iMac EFI Firmware Update 1.4, and Tweetie 1.1. Don't miss entering this week's DealBITS drawing for a free copy of the iTunes synchronization program SuperSync!
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