Speed up with Liq­uid

Rapidly search on­line, find ref­er­ence ma­te­rial and per­form con­ver­sions

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Liq­uid is an app that’s all about work­flow ef­fi­ciency. It’s de­signed to rapidly get you to im­por­tant in­for­ma­tion based around a par­tic­u­lar text string, be it search en­gine re­sults (web pages, images or maps), Ama­zon list­ings, YouTube videos, lo­cal in­for­ma­tion found via Spot­light, on­line ref­er­ence (Wikipedia, IMDB, Wol­fram Al­pha and so on) and con­ver­sions. It also en­ables you to per­form com­plex copy ac­tions on se­lected text (such as ex­tract­ing sen­tences that in­clude spe­cific terms) and, in the paid ver­sion, trans­la­tions be­tween dif­fer­ent lan­guages.

As of OS X Yosemite, Spot­light can do some of th­ese things ably, but it has its draw­backs. It’s rel­a­tively slow and tries to make a best guess about what you want in the re­sults list.

By con­trast, Liq­uid puts you in con­trol. Once you’ve loaded text, you type let­ters re­lat­ing to spe­cific ser­vices or op­tions, which then get you the re­sults you want – ev­ery time. Ini­tially, the sys­tem feels alien, but be­fore long you’ll be blaz­ing through menus, in a man­ner that makes Spot­light ap­pear com­par­a­tively sloth­ful.

Liq­uid is avail­able from the Mac App Store, for free – this is the ver­sion we use for the walk­through op­po­site. A ‘pro’ ver­sion, with ad­di­tional fea­tures, is £3.99 and we ex­plore this more in two of the quick tips. Craig Gran­nell

You’ll soon be blaz­ing through menus in a man­ner that makes Spot­light seem sloth­ful

Liq­uid makes it easy to very rapidly find in­for­ma­tion based around a search term.

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