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View open apps/documents #62

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khiita opened this issue Feb 17, 2010 · 7 comments
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View open apps/documents #62

khiita opened this issue Feb 17, 2010 · 7 comments

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@khiita
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@khiita khiita commented Feb 17, 2010

Other than the Running Processes catalog item (whose trigger isn't reliable, but that's not the issue), can a fast, reliable method of viewing the currently open documents and applications be incorporated into Quicksilver?
I'm not talking about and Activity Monitor-like addition (don't need it to show resource use, that's what Activity Monitor is for), but something so that I can perform actions on a program or document in the list, like Quit of Get Info.

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@pjrobertson pjrobertson commented Feb 17, 2010

Can you not just search for the Application and alter it like that?

Going back to the 'Running Processes' catalog item, if you tick it and also tick 'Quicksilver Catalog Entries' under 'Quicksilver' you can search for 'Running Applic....' and it'll bring up a list of running apps.

Apart from this, I'm not really sure what you'd want to do.

If you're talking about application specific windows, then from Howard's manual:

"The actions above, Open, Hide, Activate, and Toggle Application work on the whole application, including all of its windows. There’s no way with Quicksilver to show or hide specific (i.e., document) windows of an application. The closest is that the Application reopen behavior option in the Extras Preferences allows Open to show the front window or show all windows instead of doing Activate."

It could be put in as a feature request, but I can't see it being implemented any time soon. Sorry :(

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@pjrobertson pjrobertson commented Feb 17, 2010

You could also try the UI Access module (download an updated version here: http://github.com/neurolepsy/blacktree-elements/downloads ) and it'll let you get at the menus of applications, which normally has access to the specific windows.

I'll close this in 24 hours so as to keep this place tidy unless none of these are viable solutions :)

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@khiita khiita commented Feb 17, 2010

Yeah, it's pretty much a feature request. I just want a quick way to see all my open applications in a list so that I can perform an action on one or multiple open apps. Right now I have a trigger to Show Contents of Running Processes (it's part of the catalog), but it suffers from two major problems:

  1. the trigger for it is inconsistent, in that after a while, the trigger will open the command window but won't bring up the list of running processes and
  2. while it shows open programs like Word or iTunes consistently, background programs like Quicksilver or DropBox only show up after my computer has been on for a while.

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@khiita khiita commented Feb 17, 2010

Also, I don't need to access specific windows of the application. I just need to work with the application as a whole.

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@tiennou tiennou commented Mar 14, 2011

I'm not aware of a Cocoa API that would allow to access "documents" in an application.
I guess you could use AppleScript for this, but coding that is likely to be hard...

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@pjrobertson pjrobertson commented Jun 6, 2011

The 'current document' feature request will be implemented soon in the UIAccess plugin.

Are you still having problems with triggers saving @khiita

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@skurfer skurfer commented Jun 15, 2011

A new UI Access plug-in was released that adds these features.

@skurfer skurfer closed this as completed Jun 15, 2011
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