Document Palette

Version: 1.0.1 || Release Date: 2007-07-18 || License: Freeware Developer: Cold Pizza Software | App Owner: xhtmled

Document Palette runs in the background and allows you to create new documents in the current folder. With a folder active in Finder, press Control+Option+Command+N to make the palette appear, then select the document type you wish to create.

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thx bitnix for the tip to use this with OMC

I also found <a href=>NuFile</a>, which does exactly the same thing as Document Palette, but with a different twist.

Here's a comparison of the more (or less) important differences:

NuFile doesn't use bezel squares to present the new document templates, but rather keeps them nicely together in a sub-menu in the context menu.

Secondly (and this may be the most important thing to consider); in NuFile you can define which new documents gets opened automatically, and which doesn't, once you've created them. Whereas Document Palette doesn't do anything once you've created a new document (which is probably what most people want, though).

Document Palette sports a shortcut letter facility, where you can quickly press a defined letter/key to add a new document based on, say, the first letter of its file extension.

As a last geek note on the differences between the two, it's got to be said that NuFile's operation takes fewer steps in order to accomplish the same task as Document Palette; in fact, it just take one single right-mousebutton click, if you hold it down and select what you want from the context menu.

But as the saying goes; in the end, it boils down to a matter of taste and personal preference.

Here's a Document Palette-specific hint to call it from the context menu:

As for Document Palette, I found a way to quickly invoke it via the excellent context menu utility called <a href=>OnMyCommand</a>. Insert this little AppleScript code and save the menu item as "New File…" or something like that. (Note: in order to edit OnMyCommand's context menu items, you must use the accompanying application called <a href=>OMCEdit</a>, which also comes bundled with OnMyCommand). It takes too long to explain all the details about adding context items in OMCEdit, but in general, here's the AppleScript that I use in OMCEdit:

<code>tell application "System Events"</code>
<code> key down control</code>
<code> key down option</code>
<code> key down command</code>
<code> keystroke "n"</code>
<code> key up control</code>
<code> key up option</code>
<code> key up command</code>
<code>end tell</code>

This is stunning. For web developers, Document Palette is so convenient!

I wish there was an alternate option to use Document Palette's functions from the right-click context menu as well. But nonetheless, it's just a matter of taste and choice; it doesn't stand or fall with this.