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Authored by: technomage on Aug 17, '05 06:53:29PM

I've pretty much given up on Services after going several OSX releases with the menu broken in Carbon apps and without a GUI to edit them. The Carbon issue may be fixed now, but it's too little too late. Having to manually hack .plist files to disable useless and redundant items and to get a manageable list is just bad implementation. I'd much rather have 10 useful items then slog through 40-50 (really) submenus, and I hate having to clobber entries for programs I don't use like Mail, Safari, and Stickies after every OS update.



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too hard?
Authored by: sjk on Aug 18, '05 05:04:43PM
Have you tried using Keyboard Shortcuts under System Preferences (indirectly referred to in my previous posting) and/or Service Manager instead of manually hacking .plist files?

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too hard?
Authored by: technomage on Sep 10, '05 05:42:12PM

I don't find system-wide keyboard shortcuts to be efficient or safe for anything but the most basic universal operations (cut/copy/paste/open/close), and nothing in the Services menu qualifies as that necessary or frequent. Readily remembered and activated key combos should be reserved for application-specific functions, as that's where the work that pays the bills happens. As for Services Manager, it has access to only a small subset of available Services--not worth bothering with. It isn't capable of killing or modifying the most annoying/useless ones that Apple forces on us. ACP Web Services has a sort-of GUI control, but it cannot manipulate anything but its own items. Still, they're actually implementing some useful functions. Services in the contextual menu are a more sensible from the standpoint of having the GUI efficiently expose this functionality, but the menus are now one layer deeper and just as cluttered.



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Authored by: hptroll on Aug 21, '05 07:44:21AM

I agree whole-heartedly..

And having to type in the exact text of a menu item to create a shortcut is a pain in the neck, and is also bad implementation. It looks like they decided to implement it because the framework architecture made it easy to do so, but without actually willing to support this option (hence, no GUI...).



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