Open In Favorite Editor for Keyboard Maestro

March 07, 2013
Updated on: March 08, 2013 at 12:04

Open In Favorite Editor for #Keyboard #Maestro. Open files on your #Mac in one or the other #app → via @welkerpatrick

Opening files in Finder is straight forward, either you double click a file or you do a ⌘↓. But what to do if you want to open the file in question with another application?

The normal procedure is to open up the contextual menu or Alfred/LaunchBar to choose the application which should open the file in question. Four years ago I came across an AppleScript from Andreas Zeitler which is called Open in favorite app. It fitted my needs perfectly since Andreas’s setup was just like mine: one default application (which is the one that opens files the fastest just to get a quick glance) and another one which is the go to application to edit certain files (the favorite application).

Today’s macro here on RocketINK is Open in favorite app for Keyboard Maestro. The above mentioned AppleScript works well in Keyboard Maestro as it is, but I wanted to use a Keyboard Maestro only solution. The macro gets the file extension and if you press ⌥⌘↓ it will open the file in the specificed application, not in the default one. The macro uses several if conditions to set a favorite application for the various file types as follows:

fav-app-macro

Update: I’ll have to figure out how to make this work in Path Finder. Currently it’s not rock solid when using Path Finder.

So, if I have a PDF selected in Finder or Pather Finder I can hit the shortcut and it opens in PDFpenPro.

Here’s a table of the standard file associations I made:

Extension Favorite Default
DOCUMENTS    
txt Marked FoldingText
md    
mmd    
markdown    
     
pdf PDFpenPro Preview
     
opml MindNode Pro OmniOutliner Pro
     
IMAGE FILES    
jpg Photoshop Preview
jpeg    
png    
gif    
psd    
tif    
tiff    
     
ai Illustrator Preview
eps    
     
MOVIE FILES    
mp4 QuickTime Player 7 MplayerX
mpeg    
avi    
divx    
wmv    
flv    
mov    
mkv    
mpg    

Bonus tipp: setup BetterTouchTool to have even more possibilities to open the files, for example:

btt-favapp

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