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Posted 17 November 2005 - 02:07 AM
you may want to check if their main wonderful freeware Quicksilver does not have this action included
Posted 18 November 2005 - 11:31 PM
How does one go about creating keyboard shortcuts for Services menu items?
As mentioned in the article, you can use OS Xs Keyboard & Mouse preference pane; just go to the Keyboard Shortcuts pane and create a new shortcut. Make the shortcut for "All Applications," use the exact phrasing of the Services menu item (for example, "LargeType") for the Menu Title, and then give it your desired keyboard shortcut.
(Note that keyboard shortcuts added via the Keyboard & Mouse preference pane take effect for running applications after those applications have been quit and then relaunched.)
Posted 31 January 2006 - 10:58 AM
Now, to address the issue of Zoom. Zoom is OK, and I use it when I have to. But it is awkward and annoying. It doesn't do what I want it to do, which is simply to enlarge the email messages written in 9 point type or a news story on the web. It enlarges the entire screen, and herein lies the problem. If you are working on a spreadsheet or if you are trying to read something specific, you will have to find it after you activate Zoom. Then, you will have to move the screen back and forth so that you can see the entire section that you wanted to enlarge originally. This is a hassle, at best, and can give me serious headaches when I use Zoom a lot.
Why don't accessability designers (or whatever they call themselves) ask disabled people what they actually want? Guys, I want to be able to scroll through a block of text without having to move the screen around six ways in order to get the information. I want to be able to see the column of the table or spreadsheet I am editing or the edit bar (God, I hate edit bars!), not the whole bloody document. Frankly, you can't see the whole document the way normal people can once you use Zoom because there isn't a monitor large enough to display it at an affordable price. And really, the goal isn't to allow visually impaired people to see the screen in the same way that sighted people see it. It is to give visually impaired people access to the information that is displayed on the monitor in a way that works for them.
Maybe I am the exception, and most visually impaired people don't mind that zoom programs will make everything huge and cause endless searching for the small section of screen that is important. But I am not most people. I am picky about my computer and my software. Hey, I use a Mac. So, if anyone is actually listening, PLEASE make this utility even more functional by creating something that allows the user to scroll through blocks of text. I, for one, would pay for this feature.
Now, if only someone would fix those awful mechanical voices that say "Apple" such that my kids chuckle every time they hear it because it sounds remarkably like one of the words they aren't allowed to use. ;-)