ClipToWebCM
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ClipToWebCM is a service application and contextual menu plug-in which tries to open the currently selected text (or clipboard contents if there is no selection) as a URL in your default Web browser. Of course this isn't anything a copy and paste operation can't achieve, but it's quicker. It's also more versatile than the "Open URL" contextual menu item since it doesn't require a full URL. (Note: As of version 1.0.2 the selection can also be a Finder file or folder; the text will be the name of the object.)

As of version 1.0.2 you can use the provided system preference pane to
What's New
Version 1.0.3:
  • Added a "service application" version, OpenAsURLService, to provide access to the ClipToWeb functionality in Mac OS X 10.6 and above as a contextual service using text selections. (The service item supports Mac OS X 10.4 and above, and the CM, ClipToWebCM, supports Mac OS 10.4 and 10.5.)
  • The text selection is trimmed at the beginning and end of whitespace for robustness. (For both the service and CM, ClipToWebCM)
Version 1.0.3:
  • Added a "service application" version, OpenAsURLService, to provide access to the ClipToWeb functionality in Mac OS X 10.6 and above as a contextual service using text selections. (The service item supports Mac OS X 10.4 and above, and the CM, ClipToWebCM, supports Mac OS 10.4 and 10.5.)
  • The text selection is trimmed at the beginning and end of whitespace for more...
Requirements
Intel/PPC, Mac OS X 10.4 or later



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Roro01 commented on 21 Jun 2010
NOT NEEDED IN OS 10.6

It is already possible to open text as a URL via contextual menu if the extension is right - for example: news.com, news.edu, news.gov etc.
[Version 1.0.3]


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John P Hughes commented on 20 Sep 2009
Click on 'More Information' etc., and all you see is:

Gone

The requested resource /Utilities.html is no longer available on this server and there is no forwarding address. Please remove all references to this resource.
[Version 1.0.2]


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stonevil tipped on 30 May 2007
please add options for open URL in others browsers like Firefox.

tnx!
[Version 1.0]

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Limit Point Software (developer) replied on 24 Aug 2007
That's a nice idea. Thanks.

(The program currently uses your default web browser.)
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Roro01 commented on 10 Feb 2007
Can the developer explain to me what the difference is between this plug-in and the apple contextual menu item which already exists in tiger "Open URL" ?
[Version 1.0]

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msg11gJMIVdn1L5qMsM1 commented on 18 Apr 2007
Safari does not recognize URLs that do not contain "http://"

Thus, should you come across a web address that does not contain the "http://" identifier, you can still open this text as a URL using this contextual menu plugin.
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Roro01 replied on 18 Apr 2007
Thank you very much, sechmura, for explaining this to me - I just downloaded it.
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Downloads:2,836
Version Downloads:641
Type:Utilities : Contextual Menus
License:Free
Date:21 Jun 2010
Platform:PPC 32 / Intel 32 / OS X
Price:Free0.00
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ClipToWebCM is a service application and contextual menu plug-in which tries to open the currently selected text (or clipboard contents if there is no selection) as a URL in your default Web browser. Of course this isn't anything a copy and paste operation can't achieve, but it's quicker. It's also more versatile than the "Open URL" contextual menu item since it doesn't require a full URL. (Note: As of version 1.0.2 the selection can also be a Finder file or folder; the text will be the name of the object.)

As of version 1.0.2 you can use the provided system preference pane to create a list of extensions that the contextual menu will use to build alternate forms of the URL, one URL for each of the extensions, if the selection does not already have an extension. (this feature is not available to the service application, because service menu items are not dynamic.)

Note: "Old Style" Contextual Menu plug-ins are not supported in Mac OS X 10.6 and above. Please use the service application included: OpenAsURLService. This will provide the service as a contextual menu and application Services menu item.

For example: suppose you control click on a text selection whose content is "news" and your extensions are {com, gov,edu). Then the following URLs will appear in the contextual menu:
  • http://news.com
  • http://news.edu
  • http://news.gov


Extensions can be imported from a text file. A sample text file named "SampleImportFile" is included in the software distribution.

ClipToWebCM is part of the Limit Point Software Utility Bundle. One donation activates all the software. Upgrades free, new products are included! Visit http://www.limit-point.com/Utilities.html for more details and a list of available software.


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