System menubar (on right) on Mac

Bill Vlahos bvlahos at
Fri May 23 20:09:39 EDT 2014


This is terrific. I forgot about services. My immediate need will probably be accommodated with this, although it will be great to have Trevor’s external as well so I have the option to do something more expansive.

Thank you,
Bill Vlahos
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On May 23, 2014, at 12:16 AM, Kay C Lan <lan.kc.macmail at> wrote:

> On Thu, May 22, 2014 at 8:12 PM, Bill Vlahos <bvlahos at> wrote:
>> I want to enable the user to hilite any text on the screen go to that menu item and capture the hilited text for my program.
> This sounds more like a job for a 'Service' - which is what other
> developers do. Your biggest problem is that most Mac users are unaware
> that such Services exist. Unlike your solution, which would be
> available even when text is not selected, Services are contextual and
> therefore only appear at the appropriate moment. On my Mac when I open
> any semi-text document (Reminders, Preview, iPhoto, or non-Apple;
> BBEdit, Valentina Studio, Delicious Library...) and select nothing
> there are NO Services available, but as soon as I select text then 8
> Services become available including 'Append Selection to BBEdit
> Scratchpad' and 'New BBEdit Document with Selection' - sounds similar
> to what you are trying to achieve.
> You can easily create your own Services using a combination of
> Automator, AppleScript and Shell commands. This article might help,
> but you can easily google others:
> It's a pitty the LC IDE itself doesn't come with any Services of it's
> own as it would be a good starting point to plagiarise.
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