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Authored by: dbs on Jun 06, '07 08:23:50AM

I'm getting kind of tired of posting these same comments, but there are much better ways to do this:

1) Install LaunchBar ($cheap), Butler (free), or QuickSilver (free). I use QuickSilver, although it's more complicated to configure than LaunchBar.

2) Type: command+space go tab. Type in the words. Hit return. Done.

The reason this is so much better is that they come configured for most things you might want to search. Want to search IMDB? Or wikipedia? Same thing:

Type command+space imd tab. Type in movie title. Hit return. Done.
Type command+space wiki tab. Type in query. Hit return. Done.

You don't have to write shell scripts or apple scripts or click or, most importantly, remember the names of commands.

They're also very flexible: I wanted to search the Stanford mediatext library for DVDs. This isn't configured by default, but all I had to do was make a bookmark in Safari with *** in place of the query string and now I can type: command+space media tab. Type in DVD title. Hit return. And I get all the DVDs with that title.

The scripts in this hint are useful if you want to learn how to write shell scripts, though!

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Much easier...
Authored by: macavenger on Jun 06, '07 09:07:59AM

Course, the problem with those solutions is that they don't work in the terminal :)

iMac FP 17" 800MHz OS X 10.4.x

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Authored by: deef on Jun 06, '07 09:19:12AM
Or use <a href="">OnMyCommand</a>; which has scripts for most of these searches & lets you attach terminal scripts to context menus if you need to add functionality.

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Authored by: pwharff on Jun 06, '07 11:01:05AM

There is some truth to what you are saying, however, there are some like myself that spend a lot of their day in the Terminal and it is much easier to just type "G" + tab (I named my script "Google" and it is the only script/binary on my system that starts with a capital G) and type my search.

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