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Entries in Mac (11)

Sunday
May222016

Multi-Resource Presentations

I was reading through issue 33 of the MacStories newsletter (to which I'm a paid subscriber) and I spotted an interesting request from one of the readers to do with efficiently creating presentations to have multiple outputs for a small variety of uses. The reader was hoping to find a way to maintain multiple versions automatically when updating source material. The MacStories team called out to other readers for suggestions on addressing this. In this post I'm going to outline my approach to the issue.

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Tuesday
Mar222016

Tackling a Club MacStories DMG Workflow Request

Club MacStories is a membership value add option provided by the rather popular MacStories.net web site. I'm a Club MacStories member and as such receive the weekly newsletter which contains lots of additional Apple related material and articles. In last week's newsletter (issue 24) one of the user questions was around automatically attaching and detaching DMGs and whilst a partial solution was provided, the response also invited readers to round it out to complete the last part. I figured I'd give it a go and share what I came up with.

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Saturday
Sep122015

Smart Quotes in TextExpander Form Fields

Today I was using one of my TextExpander snippets that utilises form fields to add some content to this site. I'm one of those people who still typically works in HTML when working with a content management system (sometimes it is the only way to get things how I want them) and when I was adding HTML content into one of the form fields I noticed that the double quotes for the attributes were being automatically being turned into smart quotes rather than staying as the nice simple dumb quotes I needed. It wasn't something I'd noticed before and it was incredibly frustrating to correct after using the form field each time. After a bit of digging around in TextExpander preferences, etc. I finally found the rather simple solution.

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Saturday
May302015

TextExpander: Clipboard Snippets Using Javascript

Smile Software have just released a new update to their TextExpander product that brought a particularly interesting new feature. The option to run JavaScript based snippets. At first this may appear unremarkable given that the previous OS X snippets could take advantage of AppleScript, or shell script based options such as BASH, Perl and Python (to name just a few). The exciting thing to me however was that the JavaScript based snippets could also run on the iOS version; whereas AppleScript and shell script based snippets cannot.

As an initial foray into using JavaScript snippets on my iOS devices I decided I'd try recreating one of my existing snippet groups.

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Saturday
Jan122013

ThoughtAsylum Review of 2012

Like most bloggers I'm hoping I'll get a lot more blogging done in 2013. However I thought this would be a good time to cover a few changes and the top items on thoughtasylum.com for 2012.

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Sunday
Jun122011

Search Evernote from Alfred

Evernote is my ubiquitous deposit spot for the overflow from my brain and everyday (unlike my brain) it grows in size. Being able to access the information held in Evernote in as easy a manner as possible is a key part of the way I work and I recently wrote a little script to make it that little bit better. The script allows me to search Evernote from Alfred (a keyboard driven app launcher on my Mac) which is always just a hot key away.

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Tuesday
May312011

How to rename a service on Mac OS X

Have you ever created a service in OS X using Automator only to realise later on that you need to rename the service to something more meaningful? There's no services manager application to do this for you, but there is still a relatively easy way to do this.

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Sunday
May082011

Macs, Androids and Micro SD cards just don't mix

I was upgrading the storage on my Android mobile phone (an HTC Desire) a few weeks back. It seemed simple enough, just a case of swapping the micro-SD card for one with a greater capacity. Simple. Simple if you're not a Mac user that is.

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Sunday
Nov282010

Charge your Mac with caffeine and pacify it with sheep

One of the things I like most about my Mac is the automation and control I can have without having to fight the operating system.  Don't get me wrong I really like Windows and many other operating systems (I very much like the right tool for the right job approach), but the Mac along with some little helper apps makes this quite straight forward.  Today I thought I'd share a couple of the utilities I use to keep my Mac awake and to send it to sleep.

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Monday
May172010

Minimise all Windows in OS X

Like many Mac users I've spent many years using Windows and have a significant familiarity with the working practices and keyboard shortcuts of that OS.  One of the actions I commonly use in Windows is to minimise all windows.  It may not necessarily be "the Mac way", but I still find myself wanting to do this and have spent some time trying to track down a keyboard shortcut that will let me do this.

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