When I compile Tech Universe each day I run across a lot of information like this:
Thanks to the lightweight chassis the SkyRunner accelerates to 62mph in just 4.3 seconds and has a top speed of 115mph.
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 effective.
- 16 ounces or 16 oz in g or grams
- 14 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 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 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.
The key portion of the macros is:
- Type Command X to cut selected text
- Set Clipboard to Text
- 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.