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Use Quicksilver to search macosxhints and others Apps
If you're a Quicksilver user, doing a simple search with it is exceptionally easy. On their site is a page which lists many web searches that can be done "out of the box." I added one into Firefox from the site:
This drives a simple search of the Mac OS X Hints site. Also on the Quicksilver page mentioned above are qss-http URL protocol template links for tons of sites, including They can be put into a bookmark, or stored on the file system and still get picked up by Quicksilver.

Be sure to do a Command-R when Quicksilver is active so that it rescans its catalog. Finally, you may need to acquire and/or activate the Firefox plug-in for Quicksilver, depending on what version you have installed.

[robg adds: I believe such a feature is also standard in Butler and LaunchBar--in Butler, I have hotkeys assigned to a few common searches, including macosxhints...]
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Use Quicksilver to search macosxhints and others
Authored by: oliverchaddock on Dec 02, '05 08:43:44AM

I've got a bunch of different search templates set up in LaunchBar (imdb, isohunt, amazon, macupdate, versintracker etc...). It's very easy to set up and a great time saver.

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Use Quicksilver to search macosxhints and others
Authored by: statefuldotnet on Dec 02, '05 09:23:52AM

THis has been around in QUicksilver for a long time... in the pre-10.4 days there were hooks into AcidSearch, now with 10.4 quicksilver there are hooks into Sogudi.

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modifications for Launchbar
Authored by: piyayo on Dec 02, '05 01:43:20PM

the qss url above should become something like*&type=stories&mode=search&keyType=all

to be used in launchbar. Same thing but one star instead of 3, and of course no qss. Do this with all those qss style templates too. Very useful stuff. I use 'goop' and 'gooi' all the time. Thanks.

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