everyone. I'm trying to remember a macOS application that I used to use. It could be opened with a keyboard command within almost any application or the Finder, and it would pop up a dialog to search reference material for different developer languages, frameworks, tools, etc. I thought it was Alfred, but looking over the website, that doesn't look familiar. Any ideas? Thanks!

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It sounds like you're talking about Dash. It has a global search keyboard shortcut feature as well as a host of others for searching developer documentation.

Here's an overview of the app from its website:

Dash is an API Documentation Browser and Code Snippet Manager. Dash instantly searches offline documentation sets for 200+ APIs, 100+ cheat sheets and more.

And a summary of the global shortcut feature:

The global search shortcut is an easy way to activate Dash in a similar style as the Spotlight shortcut. You can assign a search shortcut in Preferences > General and then use that hotkey in any app when you want to bring up Dash. You can also assign a shortcut to search using the selected text.

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