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A while back, I ranted about Services on Macworld's site. In that article, I mentioned a new utility, Service Scrubber, that Peter Maurer had just created to deal with the problem of an out-of-control Services menu. Service Scrubber has now received a couple of updates and has become an indispensible tool to help me keep the Services menu under control. As such, it's this week's Pick of the Week. Instead of going into great detail here, though, you can read more about it in this Mac Gems article I wrote for Macworld.

Obligatory disclaimer: I was the initial inspiration for Service Scrubber. I was ranting to Peter about how out-of-control my Services menu was, and he thought he'd be able to do something about it. Literally a few hours later, I had the first rough version of Service Scrubber in my hands. Beyond the concept and initial testing, though, I am not involved with Service Scrubber in any way. I don't get a cut of the donations, and I don't determine new features (though I have emailed Peter ideas for future enhancements, as anyone can via the Contact link on his site). I'm just a very satisfied user, having trimmed nearly 100 entries from my Services menu thanks to Service Scrubber.
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Service Scrubber - Take back the Services menu
Authored by: lampiaio on Jan 31, '06 11:49:15AM

I absolutely LOVE this little utility. Now I can actually use the Services menu!



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Still operating directly on Apps?
Authored by: tr on Jan 31, '06 12:59:57PM

Is it still altering directly every single application when messing around with Services-Entries? This made me a little anxious, so I never started to use it, although I would need such a tool.



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Service Scrubber - Take back the Services menu
Authored by: ocdinsomniac on Jan 31, '06 01:08:45PM

This is yet another fantastic utility from one of the best developers out there. I use a bunch of his products: Butler, Service Scrubber, File List, Desktop Curtain. They're all wonderful.



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Put the Services Back in the Contextual Menu
Authored by: wheeles on Jan 31, '06 02:19:32PM

In NextStep and OpenStep you could access the Services from the Contextual Menu. In OS X you can't. I've no idea why they were removed from there (the archaic obsession with single button mice, perhaps?).

It would be cool if ServiceScrubber could include some mechanism to provide access to the Services via the Contextual Menu for all of us that use mice or trackballs with more than one button. Services are contextual by their very nature, so it seems counter-intuitive to have them in the menu bar and not in the Contextual Menu.



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Put the Services Back in the Contextual Menu
Authored by: TrumpetPower! on Jan 31, '06 02:50:18PM

Amen. There are services I'd use quite regularly if they were in a context menu--open URL, search with Google, that sort of thing. But by sticking them into a sub-sub-menu, there's just no point. It's much easer to just do whatever it is directly without messing with the service.

Cheers,

bY



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Put the Services Back in the Contextual Menu
Authored by: r0n on Jan 31, '06 10:45:02PM
ICeCoffEE is an option to hook services inside the contextual menu.

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Put the Services Back in the Contextual Menu
Authored by: wheeles on Feb 01, '06 09:15:53AM

Thanks for the recommendation. Shame it requires Application Enhancer. There is no way I am putting that on my machine.



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Put the Services Back in the Contextual Menu
Authored by: TvE on Feb 01, '06 08:04:19AM

AND put the Service menu at the same level as FILE, EDIT etc. as well



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Put the Services Back in the Contextual Menu
Authored by: dr_turgeon on Feb 01, '06 11:19:59AM

Agreed, that (and context menu) would be 2 sweet little additions to an excellent and focused app.

Thanks Peter Maurer!



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Put the Services Back in the Contextual Menu
Authored by: PancakeMan on Feb 01, '06 11:32:50AM
Check out the free HotService from Devon Technologies - it moves your Services menu to the top level (next to the Help menu). http://www.devon-technologies.com/products/freeware/services.php. (It only works in Cocoa applications, however.)

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Service Scrubber - Take back the Services menu
Authored by: zane on Jan 31, '06 03:01:11PM
Rob wrote: Instead of going into great detail here, though, you can read more about it in this Mac Gems article I wrote for Macworld

I don't expect great detail, but some detail would be nice! :P

Without going off site (or following sub-links), I have no idea what this Service Scrubber is all about (nor what "out-of-control" system services means for that matter), which kind of defies the point of offering it as a hint altogether. This one is really just an advertisement, whereas other POTW's always offer a spiel, either briefly summarized or highly detailed, on WHY they're being featured, and WHAT they actually do.

I'd have to say this is probably the first MacOSXHints "hint" with which I've had to follow sub-links just to find out what the hint is actually about which, sadly, belies the simplicity of what MacOSHints usually affords us readers. Following off-site (or even in-site) links should be an option, not a requirement.

It's kind of like one of those crazy 6 o'clock news teasers: "there could be something in your house killing you right now, more on that later".

/2ยข :)

(PS: Emotes gratuitously added to emphasize the casual tone in which this comment was made...)

(PPS: For those of you preparing to bash me on being too lazy to click the links; you've totally missed my point... as superfluous as it was!)

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Service Scrubber - Take back the Services menu
Authored by: zane on Jan 31, '06 03:21:03PM

Wow. That comment is evidence to one *really* boring lunch break!



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Service Scrubber - Take back the Services menu
Authored by: periche on Jan 31, '06 07:39:24PM

Or to one heartfelt, honest gripe about something that he/she is absolutely right about. And some egos were gonna be hurt.



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Service Scrubber - Take back the Services menu
Authored by: robg on Feb 09, '06 07:10:49AM

My ego's just fine, thanks.

I appreciate the feedback. I thought I had offered enough of a description, making the assumption that readers knew what their Services menu was, and what it meant when it was out of control. Obviously, I was wrong.

I'll include more detail when posting 'teaser picks' here in the future, but I hardly think it's fair to call this "just an advertisement." The article I wrote for Mac Gems is quite long and very detailed. In the interest of saving my fingers some wear and tear, I pointed to that review as the primary source of info for the pick. That does *not* change the fact that I love this app, and it's quite worthy of Pick of the Week status.

With that said, you'll see a more detailed summary (oxymoron?) on future Mac Gems referrals.

-rob.



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Service Scrubber - Take back the Services menu
Authored by: ascanio on Jan 31, '06 10:52:03PM

Actually, I was thinking *exactly* the same thing... I haven't even followed those links, yet.



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Service Scrubber - Take back the Services menu
Authored by: astack on Feb 02, '06 06:22:40AM

That's funny, just from reading the title I knew exactly what robg was talking about and didn't even have to read the description.

Have you looked at your service menu? I have a very few selections on it that I use on a regular basis and tailoring which options show up is just great! For users of Word Service, this program is a must.



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Service Scrubber - Take back the Services menu
Authored by: david-bo on Jan 31, '06 11:42:09PM

I have an application that has hijacked, system wide, ^O (ctrl-O). However, this application/function does not appear in the Service-menu.

This is very annoying because it prevents me from saving in pico and do a lot of stuff in emacs.

Any ideas about where I can find and disable this global hotkey?

Service Scrubber couldn't find it and I have looked through all plists in the application bundle without any success.

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hijacked ctrl-O
Authored by: sjk on Feb 01, '06 01:13:05AM

Which application is hijacking it?



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hijacked ctrl-O
Authored by: david-bo on Feb 02, '06 06:04:02AM

A dictionary for several European languages.

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hijacked ctrl-O
Authored by: sjk on Feb 02, '06 09:52:18AM
Is there some reason you can't say specifically which application it is? More details (e.g. access to the app itself, if it's available for download) means less random guesswork for whoever's trying to help you figure it out and hopefully suggest a solution. Have you contacted the developer about the issue?

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hijacked ctrl-O
Authored by: david-bo on Feb 03, '06 02:43:43AM

I expected you to be an ignorant American that didn't read or spoke any other languages than English and therefore couldn't do a lot with the information. Correct me if I am wrong.

Anyway, this is the URL

http://www.dromeda.se/ordboken/ordboken.html

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hijacked ctrl-O
Authored by: tubadood on Mar 19, '06 02:04:21AM
I expected you to be an ignorant American that didn't read or spoke any other languages than English and therefore couldn't do a lot with the information. Correct me if I am wrong.

Wow. Now there's a nice way to alienate a good number of potentially helpful resources!

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