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Services are a part of OS X that many users either don’t even know about, or forget to use. They are a powerful bunch of actions that you can apply to your workflow – mostly in cases where you’re working with text. In this Screencast, I’ll […]

Quicksilver services

Services are a part of OS X that many users either don’t even know about, or forget to use. They are a powerful bunch of actions that you can apply to your workflow – mostly in cases where you’re working with text.

In this Screencast, I’ll show you firstly, how to trim that over-grown hedge of a listing that makes up most peoples’ Services Menu. The easiest way I’ve found – as you’ll hear in the Screencast – is using a terrific piece of donationware called Service Scrubber. (Brought to you by Peter Maurer, the same developer of TextPander, yFlicks, and Witch.)

Once that mess is cleaned-up a bit, I’ll run through a few quick examples using Quicksilver with Services. At the very end, I use my favorite (which I forgot the name of temporarily – doh! It’s late, ok?!) service which is called, Shrink URL, and uses the terrific TinyURL web service. You can get the Shrink Service here.

Services with Quicksilver (mov)
11mins / 98mb

The CMD + ESC Trigger is used gratuitously in this screencast. Inevitably, someone watching will not be familiar with this technique – for the details on setting it up yourself, see my explanation here.

I’d love to hear your feedback about screencasts you’d like to see in the future. I have an ever shortening list of things that I plan on screencasting, but want to give you what you’re hoping to see as well. So if you have anything specific – even non-Quicksilver-based! – please let me know in the comments.

  1. Very nice. I’ve always wanted to make use of Services more, but since they only work in Cocoa apps, it’s kind of tough to make them a consistent part of one’s daily workflow.

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  2. for some reason I don’t have the statistics or the convert services. Are they installed with the OS?

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  3. Statistics and convert seem to be services of Devon’s Word Service.
    http://www.macupdate.com/info.php/id/10523

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  4. as a matter of fact i dont seem to have any of the service items available in quicksilver.. :(
    any idea? do i have to activate that somehow?

    greets Nils

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  5. Thanks for another helpful screencast. I knew about Service Scrubber but hadn’t used it for a while. So it’s made me clean things up. (Not sure if Nick mentioned it but you need the Services Module plugin installed in Quicksilver to use it in there).

    If you’re taking requests for screencasts what I think would be helpful is if you went through your favourite Quicksilver tips (that people might not know about) & what triggers you have set up for things. I listed mine here http://tinyurl.com/2yefg2
    Maybe you could use these along with your own & put them all in a screencast (which I think gets things across better than just writing about them).
    Even though I’m pretty well up on Quicksilver I’m always looking for new tips & interested to see what triggers up people have set up.

    And thanks for the link mekanic. I was thinking they look like really handy services & wondering where I could get them.

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  6. HI Nick! I’ve got a problem…I subsribed to the Apple Blog video podcast, and got it on itunes podcasts section, but whenever i sync my ipod the Apple Blog video podcasts never get synced, do you know why?

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  7. I see there’s a new keystroke indicator… want to tell us about it?

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  8. These screencasts are getting very nice. What are you using to record the screen? What resolution do you run at for the recording? Are you reducing the resolution at post-processing time?

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  9. to make a stickie from the selected text just use Shift+Command+Y
    that’s easy

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  10. Excellent screencast, as usual. I’m a big fan of Quicksilver and try to implement it into my workflow at every opportunity. I’m very interested in file tags a the moment, but unfortunately they don’t work for me, either in the Quicksilver on-the-fly smart folder (just empty), or in spotlight itself (if I enter a tag such as &quicksilver, nothing shows up). Odd problem, one that I’ve been trying to fix for the past few days with no luck. Any QS geniuses out there who could tell me what I’m doing wrong? (I’ve already made sure that the File Attribute Actions plug-in is installed, and I’ve made sure to select File Tags in the QS Catalog; still doesn’t fix things though). So, any ideas? Please respond

    Dan

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