When I compile Tech Universe each day I run across
a lot of information like this:
Since we’re in New
Zealand I convert weights, lengths, speeds and so on to metric.
Until recently I’ve done those conversions in a
new Safari tab. In the Address Bar / Search Bar I type something
along the lines of
52 mph to kph and by the time
I type that final
h the result of that
conversion is displayed:
83.685888 kph. I don’t
even have to press Return and execute an actual search.
It’s quick, easy and
- 16 ounces or 16 oz in g or grams
lbs rather than 14 pounds
- 16 mph in kph
- 16 feet (no need to type the rest)
- 16 inches (no need to type the rest)
- 16 sq ft (no need to type the rest)
- 16 F in C
There are whole websites dedicated
to conversions of this kind. One is href="http://www.unit-conversion.info/">Unit Conversion
Tools which seems to offer a full suite of tools for
converting anything, including clothing sizes and cooking units.
I found that website though while looking for
conversion factors I could use in a href="http://www.keyboardmaestro.com/main/">Keyboard
Maestro routine. I’d been inspired by a macro I read
about on a website, though I couldn’t make that particular macro
work for me. After some searching, here’s the macro I created for
my own purposes. The macro first stores the current clipboard and
at the end restores it. The middle part does the actual conversion.
portion of the macros is:
Command X to cut selected text
- Set Clipboard
- Filter Clipboard with Calculate
- Type Command V to paste the calculated result
The screenshot shows the macro for converting
miles per hour to kilometres per hour. For the other common
conversions I do I replaced the multiplier as required, ending up
with several macros.
I’m looking forward to
really trying out the Keyboard Maestro conversions this week.