Sorry. Today, No. Can. Do. But I came close with an incredibly useful utility that gives you change back from a $2.00 bill. It’s called, cleverly enough, Useful Mac Services, a collection of Services utilities that run in OS X. Services might be one of the most underused built-in functions on a Mac. UMS makes it better. Much better. What UMS does for you is greater than the sum of the parts, and there are many parts.
First, a quick backup. Services are the contextual workflow functions that are available in most apps on a Mac, built into OS X. Click almost any app menu in the Menubar and scroll down. You’ll see Services (in Safari, Chrome, or Firefox, click the browser name in the Menubar to view the list of Services). By default, most Macs don’t have many Services installed, but by clicking the Preferences menu you can find a few.
What Useful Mac Services does is expand the number of OS X Services items which can easily be inserted into your daily workflow as most services are available from within any Mac app.
Here’s an example. UMS Mail Creation adds an option to create an email message with an attachment. There’s a TinyURL-like service, too, that creates shortened URLs so you don’t have to send ugly links to friends or co-workers.
That’s just the tip of the iceberg for additional Services functionality.
The Services menu is contextual based so not all Services items will appear in all apps (some just wouldn’t be useful, others wouldn’t work), but the list of items is extensive. I’ve been using UMS all week and still haven’t gone through all the functions, but built-in is an extensive Help Manual to get you started. Some of the Symbolize functions can be a bit tricky to master so patience and trial and error are your friends.
Otherwise, what’s not to like about more functionality for a few bucks?