List of OS X Services


I’m often asked by readers about where to find Mac OS X Services. Here’s a directory of some of the Services and Workflows that I know about (Updated Regularly!).

SourceServiceDescription Services Background SearchHave you ever been reading about a book, movie, or an album and wanted to find it quickly on without losing your place on a page? Now it's as easy as clicking your mouse!

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Search in EvernoteAllows you to Control-Click (a.k.a., "Right Click") a highlighted passage of text anywhere that Snow Leopard's Services are available and search through your notes in Evernote!

Contextual Search of your notes in Evernote.


Navigation ServicesGo to Folder... (Free -- Via
Applescript ServicesOpen with AppleScript Editor, Open Dictionary of Frontmost Application, New Script for Frontmost Application, Open Application Scripting Dictionary (Free -- Via
Unix ServicesGet Manual for Command, Apply Command to Selected Items, Insert Current Finder Directory, Insert Selected Finder Items, New Terminal Window to Insertion Location, Launch Terminal (Free -- Via
Finder ServicesNew Disk Image with Selection, Rename Selected Items, Set Spotlight Comments (Free -- Via
Audio ServicesEncode to iTunes Format (Free -- Via
iPhoto ServicesImport Into iPhoto, Add iChat Snapshot to iPhoto, Send Selected Photos with Narration, Send Photo to Everyone in the Picture, Show Me Where They Live, Spotlight Search for Detected People (Free -- Via
Image ServicesAdd Metadata to JPEGs, Rotate Clockwise, Rotate Counter-Clockwise, Import into iPhoto, Print Image Files, Change File Type (Free -- Via
Media Picker ServicesBrowse Photo Library, Browse Movie Library, Browse iTunes Library (Free -- Via
PDF ServicesEncrypt File, Set Metadata (Free -- Via
Movie ServicesApply Color Profile, Browse Movie Library, Play Selection in Sequence, Show Info, Encode Media (Free -- Via
Internet ServicesOpen URLs in Safari Tabs, Download Image from My MobileMe Gallery, Download Image from Other Gallery, Lookup in Wikipedia (Free -- Via
Mail ServicesNew Mail Message with All Addresses, New Message with Video Snapshot, New Audio Message (Free -- Via
Numbers ServicesNew Attendance Table for AB Group (Free -- Via
Safari ServicesAdd to Web Clips, Currency Converter, Search in YouTube, New Event for Selected Date, Create Formatted Link for Front Document (Free -- Via
Facebook Services [BETA]Upload to Facebook, Capture Selection to Facebook, Capture Window to Facebook, Capture Screen to Facebook, Share Selected URL, Share Link on Clipboard (Free -- Via
DEVON TechnologiesBlueServiceEasily send selected plain or rich text—in the form of notes or short messages (SMS) — to Bluetooth–compatible devices directly from your favorite Services-aware Cocoa or Carbon application with a single click. This service is extremely useful if your phone is not yet supported by the Mac OS X Address Book and its SMS capabilities. (For the technophiles out there, BlueService uses OBEX Object Push or OBEX File Transfer).
CalcServiceCalcService calculates the results of selected formulas from within all Cocoa applications (such as TextEdit, Mail, iChat, Safari, XCode, or our commercial applications). It then attaches the result to the formula, or replaces the formula with the result. In addition, you can display the result in a panel without modifying the text. With CalcService there is no longer a need to launch Calculator (or any other similar program) if your only need is to calculate some values immediately within text windows or dialog fields.
PDF2RTFPDF2RTFService is a free filter service that enables many Cocoa applications, e.g.TextEdit, to open Adobe PDF, PostScript, and Encapsulated PostScript (EPS) files as paginated rich text documents. (Note: The application just needs to be able to read rich text documents for the service to work). The actual conversion is done by Quartz and the PDFKit of Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger; PDF2RTFService post-processes and paginates the output for better results.
Word ServiceThis service provides 34 functions to convert, format, or speak the currently selected text, as well as insert data or show statistics of the selection within all Cocoa applications (such as TextEdit, Mail, iChat, Safari, XCode) and Carbon applications supporting services.


Reformat, Remove line attachments/endings/links/multiple spaces/multiple feeds/quotes, Trim line beginnings/line endings/lines, Sort lines ascending/descending, Shift left/right, Initial caps of words/sentences, All caps and lowercase, Mac/Windows/Unix line endings, Rotate 13, Straight/Smart Quotes, Encode/Decode tabs, Insert date/date and time/time/contents of path, Speak native/German text, Statistics.


File CollectorCollect Selected Files Into A New Folder (Free -- Via
Google Voice/SMS Initiate a phone call or send a text message through your Google Voice account -- just by selecting a phone number in any application and right-clicking! (Free -- Via
URL ShortenerThree Services that take URLs selected in any application and creates a shortened URL (Free -- Via
Instapaper ServiceSend Link to Instapaper (Free -- Via
Text Clippers:Several Text Clipping Services (Free -- Via


Amazon S3 UploaderUpload a File to Your Amazon S3 Bucket


Select Any Basic Numeric Equation And Evaluate It, Replacing The Selected Text With The ResultsAllows you to select any basic numeric equation and evaluate it, replacing the selected text with the results. It will ignore your text if it contains anything but numbers and basic mathematical symbols.
Songza.Fm Scraper Finds A Song Related To The Selected TextScrapes to find a song related to your selected text in most applications. It replaces the selected text with an shortened link and the name of the first song it found.
Clippable-To-EvernoteAllows you to trigger the Clip­pable bookmarklet in Safari and copy the result directly to your “Unfiled” note book in Evernote. (Free -- Via


Google Text In FirefoxSearch any text in Google through Firefox. (Free -- Via


Textmate ServicesTxtToTM sends text selected in any application and opens a new TextMate window with that text inserted. Edit in Textmate will open any file or folder selected in Finder in Textmate. (Free -- Via


THINGS/Apple Mail LinkingA service for Mail to link the selected message to Things to-do list. (Free -- Via


Post to Dropbox ServiceFiles will be put into your Dropbox public folder, auto-synched and the URLs to these files will be put in the clipboard. (Free -- Via


Creating a ‘Make Title Case’ Service in Snow LeopardA system-wide service for converting text to title case — utilizing John Gruber’s TitleCase script. (Free -- Via


KavaServicesA Bundle of Many Services that translate languages, move and copy files to particular folders, search websites, encode special characters into HTML entities/URL links, calculate mathematical expressions, convert currencies and other units, sort lines, remove duplicates, remove blank lines, convert to lowercase, uppercase or title case, convert accented characters to plain ASCII text, calculate MD5 and SHA1 checksums, execute terminal commands, etc. ($25 -- Via


ShoveBox Mobile-to-YojimboAn Automator workflow to export items from Shovebox mobile and import them into Yojimbo! (Via


A URL shortening Service
A standalone Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard Service to delete files and folders immediately, bypassing the Trash.

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If you’re interested in learning more about Services, AppleScript, and Automation on your Mac, be sure to look at Veritrope’s Mac Automation Resources page as well!

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