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Entourage & txt: In which the farmer and the cowman become friends
Merlin Mann | Feb 16 2005
Why bother? Why not just use the built-in notes capability of Entourage? Ah, if you were a fan of text files you wouldn’t need to ask that, and if you were a fan of Quicksilver, the gears would already be clicking.
Among many features—as we all know by now—Quicksilver lets you append or prepend to any arbitrary text file without changing out of your current app. Once learned and ingrained, this will become one of your favorite things to do on the Mac, bar none; but Entourage doesn't currently support it. Still, this tip helps you get around it in a satisfying way—letting Entourage handle all the busy work, while your beloved text files do all the heavy lifting.
You now have a way to add items to bring up at your weekly meeting with Professor Frink at any time and from anywhere on your Mac, all without leaving your focal app. The beauty part is that the text file stays associated with the Entourage task even if it’s a recurring task. Note the quickest way to access your linked file is from any view list; just click on the tiny chain icon on the left and select your document (or any other attached items ) from the flyout menu.
Need some practical ideas for using this trick?
The possibilities are endless, but the basic point stays the same—we all crave functional glue to keep the pieces of our world together. With a little help from Entourage you can continue to harness the power of text and Quicksilver from wherever you are.
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