Service Scrubber

Version: 1.1.5 || Release Date: 2008-07-18 || License: Freeware Developer: Peter Maurer | App Owner: stridey

services menu manager

Wouldn't the services menu be much more useful if it weren't overcrowded by services you never even thought of using? With Service Scrubber, you can:

  • restructure the services menu
  • change service keyboard shortcuts
  • disable services

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Under Snow Leopard, of course, you can also disable individual services under System Preferences>Keyboards, which makes one function of Service Scrubber redundant. BUT under Snow Leopard a lot of the Services which appear in the Apple Menu are not easily identifiable; they simply appear as "Add Entry with Selection" or "Append Selection to Entry" which isn't a lot of use when you have half a dozen different note-taking apps in your Applications folder and can't tell which one is providing the service. At least Services under the Apple Menu gives you a logo to give you a clue, but under Contextual Menus you don't even have that.
But with Service Scrubber you can see what application a service relates to AND RENAME the Service as it appears in Service Menus to include the Application name. For me this is the real value of Service Scrubber and allows Services to actually become useful.

It works as expected with Leopard. It says on their site that it can't remove signed services now, but that doesn't mean that it doesn't work.

I have plenty of applications that have tried to add services to the service menu: File Juicer, Camino, Realplayer, Skim, World Book, etc. Service scrubber lets me disable those, and also selectively enable others, like Calcservice and Wordservice.

Doesn't work on leopard - see their blog for an explanation. In a nutshell, you can no longer remove the entries associated to 'signed applications' - meaning that most apps can no longer have their entries customized. I tried it on my macbook and while on 10.4 I was able to remove almost everything, on 10.5 I could only remove 2 applications entries (out of 50+). Shame.

1.1.4 fixes the problem with scrubbing protected system applications thus making them unusable.

You should be careful using this app, it can lead to problems with Apple Mail. Over at Leopard Tricks they reported about this.

Works like a charm in my Leopard

Would this be safe to use in Leopard?

Essential app. Makes Services useful again.

Brilliant! Straightforward, does what is says. Makes the service menu usable.

Brings the service menu back into a usable state. And it's also nice to be able to reconfigure the keyboard shortcuts associated with the services. Sometimes they override the default shortcuts in applications. Use this in conjunction with HotService and you've got a really nice services experience. Although HotService doesn't work yet for Intel Macs :(

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