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Back in the old days of the Classic Mac OS (ah it seems so long ago now), there was an extension written called "ICeTEe" that allowed the user to command-click any URL in editable text in any application. ICeTEe would then open the URL for you; a clever and useful hack back then. What does this have to do with Mac OS X you might ask?

Nicholas Riley has cleverly updated ICeTEe for Mac OS X and renamed it "ICeCoffEE." This new version expands on the original and most significantly allows you to get to the "services" menu from the contextual menu (the menu that pops-up when you right- or control-click on some text). You can download it from his free software page.

I personally don't need the Command-click URL launching - but when I saw the services ability - I installed it immediately. Note that ICeCoffEE does not work in Carbon apps (such as the Finder) because it is implemented as an Input Manager.
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Another way...
Authored by: Barty on Oct 22, '02 11:14:14AM

I use OnMyCommandCM. Give it a try... You just have to set what you want to do by adding simple XML dicts in its prefs file and here you go.
And OMCCM\\\'s author, Tom, is doing well and quickly !

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Authored by: robg on Oct 22, '02 11:17:45AM

Do you have a direct URL for the program?


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Another way...
Authored by: hombre on Oct 22, '02 02:29:09PM

OnMyCommand is the greatest thing since sliced bread, but, unless I am missing something, there is no direct overlap in functionality with ICeCoffEE. I gleefully use both. The url for OnMyCommand is

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URL-Launching with Chimera
Authored by: mfuhrer on Oct 22, '02 10:45:32PM

If you use Chimera, an alternative to Command-click URL launching is to select an URL and press Command-option-U. This feature is provided by Chimera from the Services menu.

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Terminal was my main beef, but is now fixed
Authored by: Thom on Oct 24, '02 01:06:23AM

I'm just glad they finally built this functionality into, because I had asked Nicholas about this before. He said he couldn't do it (a carbon vs cocoa thing) but that he'd patched it somewhat kludgily and didn't want to distribute that until he'd done it in a cleaner fashion.

Try it, command double-click an URL from within the terminal and it should open in your browser window.

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ICeCoffEE 1.3 does it
Authored by: sabi on Feb 04, '03 01:15:13AM

If you're using Jaguar, ICeCoffEE 1.3 now supports Terminal properly - even if you use the command-double-click thing, you'll probably find ICeCoffEE an improvement as it works on email addresses, with 'slack' URLs, has a better parser, lets you pick an application to open with, or bookmark, (Yeah I wrote it so I'm a bit biased :-)

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