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Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Finding anything on your screen!

This is a great tip submitted by Rohit Deshpande: Finding anything on your screen! This is a great application to have running in the background. It lets you search for a word or a sentence in a specific window. When you hit the hotkey, the whole screen fades darker and the words will become highlighted when you start typing. It is similar to the "Command-F" Find feature, but much easier to use. What is different from the Command-F option is that it displays every occurrence of that word at the same time. It also won't scroll down by itself to show you another result. It is up to you to scroll down and see the new results (it tells you whether there are results above or below where you are). It doesn't work in all applications though. The developer says it works in applications that support the Accessibility API (it worked great in Safari but not at all in Camino). It works extremely well and if you want to get rid of it's Dock icon and the icon in the "Command-Tab" dialog, you can simply use Dock Dodger (it still works after undocking it) and make it auto launch when you log in! You can download Screen Sieve here from MacUpdate. Thanks for the great tip Rohit!

3 Comments:

Blogger Fleminator said...

Nice app...I wish it worked for more programs. The primary one I would have used it for was Safari, but I actually like the Command-F user interface for the Safari 3 Beta more screen sieve. Most other applications I have tested don't seem to support it. ...Check that, at first I loved this program, but its really weird how it highlights a whole paragraph sometimes when the word appears only once...I don't get it.

July 24, 2007 at 3:42 AM  
Blogger BJM said...

A small point if you are bewildered: add the following bracketed information in line 4 after "whole screen fades darker", namely, "(There is no field for typing - just start. At the bottom of the screen the field with your typed text appears)".

July 24, 2007 at 12:18 PM  
Blogger Michael said...

download links do not work. disk image will not mount. tried several different links. M

July 27, 2007 at 8:51 PM  

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