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Liquid

The most powerful way to use your Mac. Work at the speed of thought - don't slow down to search, look something up, convert, share or translate. MacUser calls it “Revolutionary” and gives it 5/5 Mice. Mashable: “Upgrades your entire OS X system into a seamless work machine”.
 

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An example of how Liquid speeds up your workflow is how you can look up a word in Wikipedia:

The standard way:

  1. Select the text
  2. Copy the text
  3. Go to your web browser
  4. Type in URL for www.wikipedia.org
  5. Hit enter
  6. Locate search field
  7. Click search field
  8. Paste the text
  9. Hit enter

  

The Liquid way:

  1. Select the text
  2. Keyboard shortcut for Liquid
  3. Type R for References and W for Wikipedia

Since we have time left over: Search Google:

  1. Select the text
  2. Keyboard shortcut for Liquid
  3. Hit Enter

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Update:

Liquid is now compatible with Yosemite and uses the OS X System accounts for Facebook and twitter.

 

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In detail: Doing the keyboard shortcut for Liquid (by default cmd-shift-2 but it's entirely customizable) produces the Liquid interface, a control bar, as shown in the video above.

You can now click on menu items, or for more speed, as shown in step 3 above, use the keyboard shortcuts which you can see next to the commands.

For example next to References you'll see (R) and once 'r' is activated you can do (W) which is the shortcut for Wikipedia, as shown to the right of Wikipedia.

 

Why not simply use Spotlight? Spotlight, particularly Spotlight in Yosemite, is very powerful, however Spotlight does not work on selected text and Spotlight guesses what you want to do, which is often great, but sometimes just wrong.

 

This takes just one second for an even moderately familiar user compared to the usual 10 seconds. Is this really a big difference? In reality it feels like the difference between playing a modern computer game on a high spec computer, versus stumbling along with lag and this is the difference between being in flow and being frustrated, except with text on your Mac you don't know how frustrating it feels without Liquid since you haven't tried it with Liquid yet.

Remember that when it comes to interaction, higher speed is not just an improvement, it changes the medium: Look at slightly different images 24 times a second and it's no longer just a sequence of still images, it's a movie.

I really don't know how else to explain it but please have a look at the demo video above, read the reviews below and ideally try it yourself. Douglas Rushkoff goes so far as to say that “This counts as Mac OS Eleven”. Which is nice.

 

In less than one second you can do much of what you do every day:

Search
Google
Images
Maps
Amazon
YouTube

+ add custom

References
Wikipedia
IMDB
Etymology
OED
Wolfram

+ add custom

Share via
email
Twitter
Facebook
Google Mail
Google+

Translate
to & from
Arabic
Chinese
English
French
German
Itialian
Japanese
Russian
Spanish
Turkish

& More

Copy
with Link
as Citation
as Plain Text
Sentences with
As Flow
As Flow Long

Convert
currency
temperature
area
speed
distance
volume
weight
data
power

live calculator
(type in any equation)

Quick tip : Google with just  ‘Enter’ 

 

Get Liquid from the App Store and experience Liquid efficiency for yourself. Liquid is localised in English, Norwegian and Japanese. Liquid is free and features an optional low priced in-app upgrade to enable Translation and custom search functions.

 

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Quick tip 2 : Google Lucky with  ‘Shift-Enter’ 

 

media

Macworld UK Liquid is highly recommended.

MacUser Revolutionary. 5/5 Mice.  

Mashable Liquid upgrades your entire OS X system into a seamless work machine.

MEVVY Increase productivity and improve your workflow. 

TUAW One of those utilities that you can't live without once you start using it. 

Softpedia 4/5 stars. 

The Next Web Lets you find amazing context to every word on the Internet. 

Cult Of Mac Liquid Helps Information Flow Smoothly. 

LifeHacker Speeds up transferring text between apps, searching, translating, and more. 

BBC So useful you’ll wonder how you ever managed without it. 

CNN A great tool. 

Wired Information wants to be Liquid. 

app store

Very Productive Utility ★★★★★ by buideal mor - Version 4.0 - May 28, 2013. I am using this to replace keywords on a library of photographs, translation is only a few clicks away. I have not even scratched the surface of all the uses but it has already paid for itself in time saved. An issue with functionality in was resolved quickly and directly by Frode its developer. Recommended! Stephen Fry was not wrong!

Extremely useful ★★★★★ by Archimedes3.14159 - Version 4.0 - Mar 29, 2013 (USA). I just bought this this morning, and I am very impressed. It is easy to add new search engines -- I added some for Google exact search (puts quotes around the search pattern), Google Books, Google Scholar, NerdQuery, and StackOverflow. More to come. Some of the reviews had complaints about the UI which I don't understand. Adding search engines was trivial and the UI is eminently clear and discoverable. Perhaps it has improved a lot from earlier versions. This is what everyone who writes and reads needs on a computer -- instant access to dictionaries, translations, and searches. Great program.

Its a winner with amazing help online ★★★★★ by O well its me - Version 4.0 - Apr 24, 2013 (UK). I purchased after reading excellant review in MacUser mag. Lots of features that worked great but I had a problem working out how to use the copy citation function. So I email their helpdesk and minutes later I get a reply from Frode Hegland (CEO). After a series of emails from Frode I get all the information I need. Unbelievable level of service. Great product, great service and great value. You know it makes sense, go on try it and then buy it!

VERY USEFUL ★★★★★ by jpbeekhuis - Version 4.0 - Mar 22, 2013 (Switzerland) This is the most useful helper on my Mac and believe that everybody who has used it will agree with that.

 

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Liquid has been developed in dialog with Doug Engelbart, who invented much of the modern human computer interaction we use every day - and so much more. Please have a look at the web documentary we produced with Fleur Klijnsma, which is available on www.invisiblerevolution.net

 

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Get used to it & you're hooked    
Stephen Fry, actor, writer, national icon

 
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