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ACP services are one-way and two-way filter mechanisms. They're invisible: you only notice their presence on your Services menu. They can be used anywhere text can be selected: a text editor, the Safari location bar, an input entry field, right off an HTML page - almost anywhere.

All recognise both ASCII and Unicode. To date there are over 1,000 (one thousand) ACP services, and with more coming nearly every day.

[This article concentrates on the ACP text services; for information on the more than 1,000 (one thousand) freeware ACP Web Services, click here. For more information on the other ACP services - keep on reading.]


Capitalise and then concatenate text, removing white space.


Capitalise text anywhere you have it.

HTML 4.0

Transform your text into W3C compatible source for the World Wide Web.

Kata Chars

Suddenly all you see is blonde, brunette, redhead. Click the image to the right.

Lower Case

Transform your text into lower case - this includes anything in any character set,
from Hebrew to Arabic to oriental languages. Anything.

Resolve Path

Resolve command calls so you see where you're going before you get there. Absolutely essential for sysadmins. Click here.

Single Spaces

Eliminate both horizontal and vertical extraneous white space.

Standard Quotes

Replace 'pretty' quotes with W3C conformant quotes. [Note: if you really want pretty quotes use the ACP 'HTML 4.0' service mentioned above - otherwise use this as your website won't otherwise look good.]

Strip HTML Tags

Does what it says. You will most likely want to clean white space afterwards with Rixedit.

Tidy Up Quote

A boon if there ever is one. Available in BBEdit for $199 but here for a fraction of a fraction. Take care of all that confused, kludged mail you get from MS mail clients and webmail providers that are sluggish in 'getting with it'. Take out the indents, the broken lines, the extraneous white space, stupid quotes of all shapes and forms - and all at the hit of a keyboard shortcut, and do it anywhere - in your mail client, a web form - anywhere.

[And Rixstep have now found a way around the stupid bug Apple have kept in their code since 29 April 2005/Tiger so the ACP Text Services - unlike other services available - work even with Apple's deteriorating Mail.app. Once you get used to 'Tidy Up Quote' you won't be able to live without it.]

Before and after: typically chaotic text is straightened out with a single keyboard shortcut - even in Yahoo! Mail.

Undo Escapes

Undo the 'escapes' in URLs. Special characters in URLs have to be 'escaped' with a two digit hexadecimal number. Mailing or posting such URLs won't work - the escapes have to be 'undone'.

Any body of text can be selected, even an entire mail message: only the escapes are changed.

Upper Case

Transform your text into upper case - this includes anything in any character set, from Hebrew to Arabic to Chinese to who knows / who cares: if it's got upper and lower case, this service will do it.

The ACP Service Managers

ACP Services come with two service menu configuration utilities: ACP Service Manager and ACP Service Manager Pro. With these two applications you control not only what the ACP Services put on your Services menu, but what everyone else does as well.

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