Retrieving string entered in spotlight and showing the calculated result in the list

Discussion in 'Mac Programming' started by Monaj, Jan 30, 2012.

  1. Monaj macrumors regular

    May 24, 2009
    Hi All,

    We have a very nice feature in Mac OS X, whenever we type any expression such as: 35 + 36, in spotlight, it shows: Calculator - <calculator app icon> - 71 in the result list.

    It seems like whatever user is typing as an expression in spotlight, calculator application is taking it as input and showing the calculated value in result list.

    I want to make a sample application behaving in the same way, and when I did some searching on net, I found couple of keywords such as- spotlight API, spotlight plugin, but I am not sure if any of these is going to serve the intended purpose.

    Can anyone direct me towards right direction?

  2. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus


    Jul 24, 2002
    I don't think there is a public API to do what the results do with calculator: that is a special case. I've certainly never seen any other app manage to interface like that.

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