Services item in editor menu on Mac

Do you plan to add a ‘services’ item in editor menu on Mac?

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Is this a feature request? What services do you hope to see?

All the services registred as described in this article https://robservatory.com/the-useful-yet-useless-services-menu/. I do not share the views of the author of the article when he says it is useless. In our case it is a perfect entry point for many text app, for instance, check speller. I’m French and most check spellers do not fit my needs (I use Antidote which can be added to the services menu precisely)
The official entry point for services in Apple developer https://developer.apple.com/design/human-interface-guidelines/macos/extensions/services/
Thanks

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I would like to see Brett Terpstra’s services available in Obsidian. Note that one of his services pastes a link in markdown, something we need often here.

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Another vote for this if it’s a feature request. This goes further towards making it a good Mac citizen app. A lot of text-manipulation can be done without using any third party apps like KM or TE using mac’s built-in automation support which is only accessible through the services menu.

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Thank you for indicating this service :slight_smile:

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Another vote for services. I am currently generating Zotero references in Ulysses using an applescript linked to services/quick-action (https://github.com/davepwsmith/zotpick-applescript), and it would be fantastic to be able to do this within Obsidian.

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I was just planning to request this as well. On MacOS, applications can access “services” that can do a lot of things. For me, I have a number of system shortcuts that I created with Automator and I keep forgetting they won’t show up when using Obsidian.

For example, in Bear I have some shortcuts for various date formats.

I’d love to be able to access some of these automations when using Obsidian.

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Can someone please explain this to me?

Over the past two days I’ve spent hours trying to get Dave Smith’s zotpick working in Obsidian. But no matter what I did, hitting the shortcut from Obsidian never brought up the Zotero selector dialog.

At first, I didn’t know what was wrong. Then I suspected the dialog was behind visible windows. That was wrong.

Eventually, I tried to track down the problem by opening TextEdit and working with a blank file. Initially, I had to give TextEdit various permissions, but ultimately I got it to work.

I went back to Obsidian, resized the window to take but 1/4 of a screen, and even moved the window to a different monitor. Still no dialog.

Then I came across this thread. I’ve pretty much stayed away from AppleScript and services. But I always thought Services were system level. This thread seems to imply that Services are optional for an app.

But this page implies that all legitimate MacOS apps have Services. In turn, this implies Obsidian violates basic OS-level conventions.

Exactly what’s going on?

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Electron apps are not compatible with many OS features without significant effort to set them up, as far as I understand.

I have not used Zotpick, though, so I have no idea how it works. The readme says it should “work with any app.” I imagine that this line…

  • If you use an app-launching utility that lets you assign key combos to apps, use that to launch these scripts.

…means that you should be able to call Zotpick with e.g. Alfred or Keyboard Maestro. Have you tried that?

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Having not to be able to assess System Services on macOS is really sad to me, because I’ve written quite a lot of services to support writing in Markdown. I would be happy to assess this functionality in Obsidian without having to switch to an external editor.

I understand this, however, many other Electron apps like Typora or Mark Text do support System Services, so I still hope to see it added to Obsidian too.

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I think the intention or point is that existing services would be able to be used as is without much if any modification to obsidian.

So, for example, maybe no one has to make or install an Obsidian plugin for formatting markdown tables - but instead we could had a services menu – and could use one of Brett’s existing scripts: https://brettterpstra.com/projects/markdown-service-tools/ .

The services scripts can just take and replace the selected text.

So long story short, it seems like it would require very little work, but would be a way to easily add value to Markdown, especially with the tools linked above.

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