I came up with a utility called Pasty that copies selected text to the clipboard, then invokes a hotkey to an external app, and types in the text macro style.
Since there are hotkey aficionados more skilled with GUI I'm wondering if any would like to tackle the idea of a similar utility but more versatile. Maybe handle either a selected object, clipboard contents, or text and allow it to be redirected to maybe 1/2 dozen external apps that the user could configure. Maybe have a pop up window with buttons labeled with the name of the external app, or add them to Tray Icon Menu, or just some easy means.
I'm in EditPad and I type a URL. If I double click it, EditPad will launch the default browser, but this time I want Opera to launch instead. So I select the URL and do a hotkey or some other trigger, and I get my preconfigured apps in some kind of window or menu.
I select a bunch of files in Explorer details view and I want to send them some external app. I invoke the hotkey and my list of preconfigured apps pops up.. etc..
I'm in a browser and I copy a link to clipboard. Then I invoke this utility and if other browsers are in my configured list, I can just push a button to open with one without depending on the source browser for an AddOn or extension.
The invocation should be just a couple of actions. Like, hotkey gets window, click button of app.. type of idea.
edit: come to think of it the list should probably be big enough for 12 or more entries since 3 or 4 are likely to be used up just by browsers, 2 or 3 by editors, several by graphics programs etc..