Screen Sieve
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Screen Sieve lets you search the contents of the currently active window at any time. It highlights all occurrences of characters, words and phrases as you type, without requiring modifications to applications. Putting Mac OS X' built-in support for Accessibility to good use, Screen Sieve works with any application that supports the Accessibility APIs. Applications that do include Mail, Safari, Xcode and the Finder, as well as most other applications written in Cocoa and to some extent Carbon.

Screen Sieve lets you configure the hotkey used to invoke it, as well as the color used
What's New
Version 1.2.1:
  • Adds support for searching in windows under the cursor, not just the currently focused window.
Requirements
Intel/PPC, Mac OS X 10.4 or later Leopard is supported.



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+376
B. Jefferson Le Blanc commented on 04 May 2010
This is a good idea. Too bad it doesn't work. I guess you get what you pay for in this case.
[Version 1.2.1]


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+3

borderlandcross reviewed on 02 Jan 2007
Love the program, but it would be much more useful if it would fully work in all apps. I would love to use this with Pages, Keynote, iCal and Accordance Bible.
Nice, clean, simple design.
[Version 1.0.1]


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-2
mdamli commented on 27 Dec 2006
Lovely program.

I only wish it would be possible to use a menu item rather than a dock icon, and even the option to use neither (with a global hotkey to open the front end).

Makes it feel integrated ino Mac OS X.
[Version 1.0.1]


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kaaskop commented on 24 Dec 2006
I was trying this out when the frontmost window was owned by Activity Monitor. The highlighted selections were correct immediately after typing my search string, but errors started to appear quickly after that. After a while, most of the matches were incorrect. Conclusion: this seems not to work for windows whose contents change. Any way to make this work? Am I correct?
[Version 1.0]


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+42
CA commented on 23 Dec 2006
Yes! Now _that's_ a good idea! I mean it's no gadget but something that should, IMHO, be part of Mac OS X. I'm already addicted :)
[Version 1.0]


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+153
hced commented on 20 Dec 2006
Edit to my last post (and forgive me for comment bloating): I just realized that you can, in fact, use this within Finder itself! Blazing app, this! Thanks again and I'll keep my commenting constrained now. :)
[Version 1.0]


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+153
hced commented on 19 Dec 2006
By the way, adding to my little list of modest feature requests below.

- This is a far out one. And might be too complicated to implement, but here goes: How about Finder desktop/and window support!? You'd be able to pinpoint files on the desktop in a snap! (Sure, you can type the first letters of a file, and the Finder will mark the first matching file for you. But you can't show multiple matches with the Finder.) Just a suggestion, not crucially important, but would be awesome if it's possible.
[Version 1.0]


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+153

hced reviewed on 19 Dec 2006
This is dynamite!! Absolutely genius.

I only have some modest requests:

- Dock-less operation.

- Some way of scrolling through results further down in the window. For instance, I'm using Command-Ctrl-F for ScreenSieve, and it would be cool to be able to use Command-Ctrl-G for a page down action, plus showing more results along the document. (Maybe enabling the use of Arrow down/up within the context of having ScreenSieve showing the results would be cool also.)

- Some way for ScreenSieve to remember searches between "sessions" (i.e. after closing ScreenSieve and invoking it once again). So that you can close ScreenSieve and then hit, for instance, said Command-Ctrl-G (or the key combo you have specified) to search again, in the same, or even another window.

- Sparkle updating? :) Not a biggie.

Just some spontaneous thoughts. I am very grateful for this invention of yours, Developer! Great work.
[Version 1.0]


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+8

foto555 reviewed on 19 Dec 2006
A wonderfully clever and useful utility!
[Version 1.0]


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compass reviewed on 19 Dec 2006
A small handy, simple and effective searching tool which is always there. Just a key-combo, some letters, and you got the highlighted result on your screen view.
[Version 1.0]


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-2
sjj_public had trouble on 12 Jul 2007
I tried this in the Finder and Mail and it didn't work. The screen faded but no window was highlighted and typing text didn't find anything. Yes, I did have support for assistive devices enabled.
[Version 1.1]



+17

Nmege rated on 22 May 2011

[Version 1.2.1]


Downloads:4,575
Version Downloads:822
Type:Utilities : Desktop
License:Free
Date:03 May 2010
Platform:PPC 32 / Intel 32 / OS X
Price:Free0.00
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Screen Sieve lets you search the contents of the currently active window at any time. It highlights all occurrences of characters, words and phrases as you type, without requiring modifications to applications. Putting Mac OS X' built-in support for Accessibility to good use, Screen Sieve works with any application that supports the Accessibility APIs. Applications that do include Mail, Safari, Xcode and the Finder, as well as most other applications written in Cocoa and to some extent Carbon.

Screen Sieve lets you configure the hotkey used to invoke it, as well as the color used when Screen Sieve fades your screen. It can also be configured to start automatically when you log in.


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