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Author Topic: [Feature request] Context sensitivity and alias list  (Read 2611 times)

skajfes

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[Feature request] Context sensitivity and alias list
« on: April 29, 2010, 11:47:09 PM »
Can it be done so when user selects a file and types in + that all of available aliases and search modifiers be listed in search results?
Eg. I have an alias Zip that zips selected file. What I would like to see is: I select a file, then type in +, and a list of available aliases is shown, then I can select Zip from that list and Farr executes that alias. Then eventually, a plugin or something could be made to add all the context menu items for a selected file/folder to that list.

Additionally, can FARR become aware of what was selected when FARR was called? For example - I select a file in explorer and open FARR. FARR opens up with the file typed in the search bar.

Combined it would look like this. Click on a file - open FARR - +zip [or select from a list of actions] - enter. And my file is zipped.
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Re: [Feature request] Context sensitivity and alias list
« Reply #1 on: May 02, 2010, 02:27:24 AM »
ok so to answer the first question -- it can't be done currently but i have been thinking about adding something like that.. it wouldn't be too hard to have a table of filename patterns -> aliases that can run on them.

as for the file explorer to farr, i recall that something like this may exist.. or maybe it's the reverse that exists, going from farr search into file explorer..

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Re: [Feature request] Context sensitivity and alias list
« Reply #2 on: May 02, 2010, 02:33:23 AM »
as for the file explorer to farr, i recall that something like this may exist.. or maybe it's the reverse that exists, going from farr search into file explorer..
I don't know if it will help, but FWIW, I've been using:

http://www.donationc...ex.php?topic=21223.0

skajfes

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Re: [Feature request] Context sensitivity and alias list
« Reply #3 on: May 02, 2010, 05:47:58 PM »
ok so to answer the first question -- it can't be done currently but i have been thinking about adding something like that.. it wouldn't be too hard to have a table of filename patterns -> aliases that can run on them.
I was thinking something in the lines of getting context menu items and adding those as actions on every file. Or at least the open with list items.

as for the file explorer to farr, i recall that something like this may exist.. or maybe it's the reverse that exists, going from farr search into file explorer..
I did a quick research on that and found no elegant solution. Best what I can come up with is using the clipboard. If you copy files they end up in clipboard as DataFormats.FileDrop which is a string[] containing the list of filenames. I tried putting all that in a plugin but it made no sense, since I couldn't get a plugin to activate as soon as FARR is activated.
Maybe this technique can be adapted to ewemoa's solution as a quick fix, but I think that should become a core function in the long run.

Another thing that comes to mind is what to do when multiple files are selected? The only thing I can think of right now is to add another field/simple result list/tab/something to FARR that could hold multiple selected files. And that the main result window shows actions available to those files. But I am thinking too much Quicksilver/Skylight/MightyBox way, which is not that bad by itself but I don't want FARR to suffer a lot of changes.
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Re: [Feature request] Context sensitivity and alias list
« Reply #4 on: May 02, 2010, 05:51:18 PM »
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..to add another field/simple result list/tab/something to FARR that could hold multiple selected files.

this was along the lines of what i was thinking.. a way to queue up files or put them in a basket for working with.

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Re: [Feature request] Context sensitivity and alias list
« Reply #5 on: May 02, 2010, 06:12:01 PM »
I was playing a bit in Paint.Net and came up with this. Added tabs (when needed) to hold the results. Idea is to use shift+enter or something to add items to queue/basket and to use ctrl+tab to change tabs. offcourse i am not really sure of how would all this work but let's call it brainstorming - not every idea has to be a good one. :D

If off to bed :)

farr_mockup.png[Feature request] Context sensitivity and alias list
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Re: [Feature request] Context sensitivity and alias list
« Reply #6 on: May 03, 2010, 07:36:54 AM »
wow i like it!! :Thmbsup: