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HotService is a Cocoa input manager bundle, and all shortcuts of services are available right after launching Cocoa applications. Up to Mac OS X 10.3.9, you have to pull down the application menu at least once before it's possible to use shortcuts of services. In addition, HotService moves the services menu up to the main menu bar (behind the windows menu) to make it easier to reach the services.

What's New

Version 2.3:
  • NEW: Universal binary for Intel and PowerPC Macs
  • Improved: Title of services menu isn't a bullet anymore
  • Fixed: Fix for Adobe Acrobat 8


Mac OS X 10.3.9 or later

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Dorkypants Member IconComment+118

As noted on Devon Technologies web site, "HotService does not work any more on Mac OS X 10.5 and higher as Mac OS X 10.5 disables all Input Managers."

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Version 2.3
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Why doesn't this work with the Finder?

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Version 2.0
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Because the Finder isn't a cocoa app. No services will work with the Finder.

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Uh.... Services DO work in the Finder

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I think what he means is that Cocoa Input Managers don't work in Carbon apps. Carbon apps can certainly add hooks for services, as Finder does, though they don't get them automatically.

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Downloads 4,880
Version Downloads 2,150
Type Utilities / System
License Free
Date 24 Oct 2007
Platform OS X / PPC 32 / Intel 32
Price Free
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