Query WolframAlpha (AppleScript)

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Queries WolframAlpha for the text in Pane 1 and returns a (somewhat complicated) description of the result. You can press Enter again to view it as large type, assuming that's your default action for text.

Note that the AppleScript depends on a PHP script that does the actual communication with WolframAlpha. You'll need to put that script somewhere in your PATH, or put it somewhere and write the entire path into the AppleScript.

You'll also need a (free) WolframAlpha API key, which you'll paste into the PHP script below.

Query WolframAlpha.scpt[edit]

using terms from application "Quicksilver"
        on get direct types
                return {"NSStringPboardType", "QSFormulaType"}
        end get direct types
        on process text query
                show large type (do shell script "alpha.php" & space & (quoted form of query))
        end process text
end using terms from


#!/usr/bin/env php
        $query = urlencode(implode(" ",array_slice($GLOBALS['argv'],1)));
        $url = "http://api.wolframalpha.com/v2/query?input=$query&appid=<INSERT A WOLFRAMALPHA API KEY HERE>&format=plaintext";
        $results = simplexml_load_file($url);
        if ($results["success"] != 'true') {
                echo "Wolfram|Alpha got an error: ".$results->asXML();
        foreach($results->pod as $eachPod) {
                $textEls = $eachPod->xpath('.//plaintext');
                if (strlen(implode($textEls)) != 0) {
                        echo $eachPod["title"].":\n\t";
                        echo implode("\n\t",
                                        function($textEl) {return str_replace("\n","\n\t",$textEl);},
                        echo "\n\n";
        if (isset($results->assumptions)) {
                echo "ASSUMPTIONS:\n";
                foreach($results->assumptions[0]->assumption as $eachAssumption) {
                        echo "\t".$eachAssumption["type"] ."\t".$eachAssumption["word"]."\n";
                        foreach ($eachAssumption->value as $eachValue) {
                                echo "\t\t".$eachValue["desc"]."\n";