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Sogudi for searching via Safari's location bar

KitzKikz: Sogudi

Sogudi is a plug-in for Safari that lets you search your favorite sites from the location bar. This means that instead of having to visit a given site, you can just type a keyword into the location bar, pop in your search terms, and jump immediately to the results.

Hint: If you're going to be following along on our Quicksilver series, I recommend installing Sogudi and acquainting yourself with it; we'll be using it a lot.

Getting started

More cool shortcuts

Additionally, here are a few of my homespun shortcuts you’re free to repurpose. (Format: Site/Sogudi Abbreviation/Sogudi URL)

  • All-Music Guide Artist Search - amg - http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&opt1=1&sql=@@@
  • Amazon - amzn - http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/external-search?tag=43folders-20&keyword=@@@&mode=blended
    • bonus hack: enter your own Amazon Associates ID to get credit for everything you buy, too
  • Costco - costco - http://www.costco.com/Common/Search.aspx?whse=&topnav=&search=@@@
  • Del.icio.us (all users) - deli - http://del.icio.us/search/all?search=@@@
  • iTunes Music Store - itunes - itms://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZSearch.woa/wa/search?term=@@@
  • Netflix - netflix - http://www.netflix.com/Search?v1=@@@
  • Quicksilver Documentation - qs - http://docs.blacktree.com/?action=find&find=@@@
  • Walgreens - wal - http://www.walgreens.com/search/search_results.jhtml?ext=key_@@@&term=@@@&_D%3Aterm=+&section=A&submit.x=50&submit.y=10&_DARGS=%2Fsearch%2Fyou_searched_for_table.jhtml
  • WHOIS - whois - http://whois.sc/@@@
  • WordNet - word - http://www.cogsci.princeton.edu/cgi-bin/webwn2.0?stage=1&word=@@@

Got a cool one to share? Leave a comment.

Nerdy Note: This type of functionality is not unique to Safari at all—it’s been available on Mac and non-Mac Mozilla browsers (among others) for a while now. By the same token a similar functionality is available in Quicksilver itself. Still, I do think it’s worth installing and using Sogudi especially since it integrates seamlessly with Quicksilver. Meaning, in a roundabout way, that Sogudi + Quicksilver + Non-Safari Browser + target app configuration tweak makes Sogudi operate flawlessly with any OSX browser. Make sense? One tool to rule them all.

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