Posts Tagged “macos”

  • SearchLink and Markdown Service Tools updates

    I've just updated the SearchLink macOS Service to fix a recent issue with plain text not being run through a default search. Version 2.2.5 is up, please contact me if you have any issues.…

  • The Pi Fest software sale

    Pi Fest starts today! It's a software sale event geared toward researchers, scientists, and students. Developers from around the world have teamed up for this 10-day promotion. These are all high-quality apps that make work easier and faster, and with sustainable discounts that mean your purchase is supporting some great developers, too.…

  • Best of 2016: Mac apps for nerds

    Welcome to part 3 of my "Favorite Apps of 2016" series. This installment focuses on Mac utilities and developer tools. If you're not a power user or a coder, there will probably be fewer apps of interest to you, but there are quite a few that are great gateways for intermediate users to start making more of their Macs.…

  • Best of 2016: Mac creativity

    Welcome to round two of this year's top picks from my own workflow! The last one was for productivity apps, and this one focuses on creative apps, encompassing audio, video, design, brainstorming, and writing.…

  • Best of 2016: Mac productivity

    Welcome to 2017, I hope you had a pleasant ending to a horrible, awful, very bad year. 2016 was an interesting year for me. That said, my love of apps hasn't diminished.…

  • Setapp: Sustainable recurring revenue for Mac developers

    We're seeing more and more Mac apps switching to subscription-based models. It reminds me of premium channels on my Apple TV: I cut my cable a long time ago, and was happy to have the option to add HBO, Showtime, and others without needing a cable subscription... but the cost added up fast. It's not going to be a sustainable model for users who need more than a couple of apps.…

  • TableFlip: the cure for Markdown table editing

    I was a beta tester for TableFlip, an app for editing Markdown (MultiMarkdown) tables painlessly, and I've been waiting excitedly to talk about it for quite some time.…

  • A better Hyper key hack for Sierra

    In the last Web Excursions, I posted a hack for getting Hyper Key functionality back in Sierra. It uses Karabiner-Elements and Keyboard Maestro. It couldn't do one of the things I liked best about the Hyper key, though: allow me to tap it without hitting any other keys to use send Escape. My muscle memory for that has gotten to the point where using Vim without it is an exercise in pain.…

  • The DevMate Mac Dev Survey results

    DevMate recently asked 679 Mac developers about their experiences selling inside and outside Apple's App Store. The results of the survey are enlightening, and of special interest to anyone currently deciding where and how to offer their app for sale.…

  • The Image2Icon winners

    The developers will be emailing the winners directly with their licenses. If you don't hear from them, feel free to check in with me.…

  • Image2icon 2.0 giveaway!

    ShinyFrog has offered 10 Image2icon licenses to BrettTerpstra.com readers. Enter the random drawing below for a chance to win a code that unlocks all of the advanced features of Image2icon ($9.99 value).…

  • TaskPaper 3.0

    A quick search on this blog will reveal I'm a long-time fan of TaskPaper. The plain-text task manager has provided the simplest form of portable project management I could ask for. TaskPaper 3.0 has been officially released, and it's a complete rewrite for a new era.…

  • Slogger with Day One 2

    Day One 2 is out, and I'm very happy to say that the team there has offered an easy way to keep Slogger working with it. If you're not familiar with either, check out Day One on the App Store and Slogger in my projects.…

  • HoudahSpot 4.1

    I'm months late in writing about HoudahSpot 4.1, which is odd because it adds the one feature I'd always wanted: the ability to save HoudahSpot searches as Finder Smart Folders. I'll get to that in one second. Full disclosure, Houdah has sponsored this blog, but this review is 100% unpaid and prompted by love.…

  • The CleanMyMac 3 Winners

    If you didn't hear from The Giveaway Robot yet, feel free to contact me and request your license code.…

  • Win a copy of CleanMyMac 3 for Christmas

    CleanMyMac 3 is a great app for maintaining your Mac and freeing up hard drive space (now with Photos support). I reviewed it when it came out, and as you can see on the Product Hunt Mac App of the Year contest results, I'm not the only one who thinks so.…

  • Magic Number giveaway

    Earlier this month, this blog was sponsored by a Mac app called Magic Number, a beautiful calculator application with advanced features. Here's a quick overview of the extensive feature list.…

  • iTunesIcon 2.2

    I just updated iTunesIcon, my little app for grabbing icons for any App Store application. This is a bugfix release, updated to fix the recent bug that only saved the 100x100px version of an icon.…

  • Smarter keyboard shortcuts for Finder

    I frequently mention the capability of OS X to assign keyboard shortcuts to Services and other functions. At its most basic, though, the keyboard shortcut functionality can enhance and customize any application. As an example, Finder can be extended nicely for the keyboard-inclined.…

  • Curio 10 and Curiota

    I consider Curio to be the most expansive brainstorming application on the market. With mind maps, lists, file links, notes, full project organization tools, and much more, it's a complete productivity app. Version 10 just came out, along with a menu bar app for quick entry, and it continues to extend the capabilities of this powerhouse application.…

  • Vacuuming Mail.app on El Capitan

    I'm not using Mail.app on OS X these days (opted for MailMate), but I received an email from Mathias Törnblom updating the database vacuuming trick I'd posted previously. It makes the script work for Mail on El Capitan, and maintains backward compatibility.…

  • The Mac Pick-A-Bundle has some sweet apps...

    Creatable is running a "Mac Pick A Bundle" promo right now where you can pick any 10 apps out of a list of 30 and pay $39. The app selection has some true gems (i.e. "things I would buy at full price"). You can see the full selection at the promo page.…

  • SearchLink 2.2.2

    SearchLink 2.2.2 is up. Steve Lambert pointed out a bug in the Wikipedia search where a new redirect to SSL was causing SearchLink to fail on all !wiki searches. 2.2.2 fixes this.…

  • Share all your browser tabs at once

    Update: Version 1.0.1 is now the current download. Fixes Safari functionality and allows the optional use of a dotfile (~/.dropboxid with the 5-digit Dropbox user id in it) instead of modifying the script directly.…

  • CodeReminder: don't forget to play

    I put together a little utility this morning to help me remember what GitHub repositories I've grabbed with the intention of playing with later. I often clone or fork a repo and plan to explore it over a weekend, but then quickly forget about it if I don't add a reminder.…

  • On the XARA Mac and iOS exploits

    I'm not a security expert. This post is an opinion interlaced with the things I've learned from sources I have faith in. Feel free to clarify or correct me in the comments.…

  • Popup URL previews for Yosemite

    I built a quick Action Extension for OS X 10.10+ this morning. It's called "Preview URL," and it lets you select text containing a URL, then shows a preview of that web page in a popup.…

  • MMD QuickLook 1.2 with TextBundle support

    I've updated my fork of Fletcher Penney's MultiMarkdown Quick Look plugin with TextBundle support. It's a seamless upgrade and maintains custom styles if you have one installed.…

  • New features and fixes for BitTorrent Sync

    I've become an even bigger fan of Sync since BitTorrent released 2.0, so I thought I'd mention the 2.0.120 update they posted yesterday.…

  • A universal clipboard command for Bash

    I frequently use pbcopy` in the shell to get output to the OS X clipboard. I'm constantly using `[command] | pbcopy, and figured it would be worth making a little easier, so I wrote this little function this morning.…

  • OS X shell tricks: speaking in tongues

    I have an always-on Mac mini that sits in the corner of my office. It toils away running staging servers for media, web development, and home automation. It also runs a lot of scheduled scripts.…

  • CleanMyMac 3 adds robust new features

    For a long time I mistakenly associated CleanMyMac with MacKeeper in my head. The latter is awful, let's not talk about them. CleanMyMac, on the other hand, has proven to be a powerful --- and safe --- tool for reclaiming disk space. Version 3 was released today and includes some powerful new features.…

  • Titler: instantly add page titles to URLS in your text

    Guess what? This is the 100th project (see?) I've made available for download on this blog. I don't know what that means in the grand scheme of things, but I feel like I should celebrate.…

  • Records: a flexible database for Mac

    Once upon a time, there was a fun personal database app for Mac called Bento (from FileMaker). It's been a long time since Bento was discontinued and there's been a several-year gap since we've seen a good replacement. Push Popcorn's Records was released today, and it looks like a strong contender for that title.…

  • Doing Spotlight right with HoudahSpot 4.0

    Spotlight is great for finding files without digging through folders. It's great with tagging. It's even great for finding photos and emails faster than iPhoto or Mail.app can. It has its shortcomings, though.…

  • Macminicolo turns 10

    My favorite Mac mini colocation service, macminicolo, turned 10 today. There's a great timeline post on their blog that chronicles the history of the Mac mini and of macminicolo itself. They didn't ask me to post this, but they've been long-time supporters (and sponsors) of this blog and I'm excited to wish them continued success.…

  • The WALTR winners

    If you missed it, you can catch my review here. Don't forget that it's only $14.95 for a little longer, then the price is going up to $29.95. If you have videos or audio in any non-iTunes format, grab a free trial and see how simple it is to get them on your iPhone in all the native players.…

  • Bitlyize 1.5

    I've been working on multiple "free time" projects for a while, mostly updates to existing projects. The changelogs have gotten long enough that writing them up has been an imposing task. I have a doing update that turns it into a very capable time tracking/reporting tool, a major update to SearchLink that simplifies syntax and makes it even more flexible, big updates for Marked, and more little things than I can remember without consulting my "what was I doing" log. I figured I'd start the…

  • The Marked 2 giveaway winners

    Congrats! Don't forget that Marked 2 is 30% off all this month (both on the App Store and direct sales). If you're purchasing directly, just use the coupon GOGONANOWRIMO at marked2app.com to get the discount. Purchase directly from the Mac App Store and the discount is automatic. Happy writing!…

  • The PicGIF Giveaway winners

    The Giveaway Robot should have already been in touch with you. If you missed the message, let me know.…

  • PicGIF Giveaway

    There are a few good Mac apps for creating animated gifs from movies and images. I don't need to do this very often, but I happen to really like PicGIF for it.…

  • The Antetype winners!

    If you didn't win but part of your job is building prototypes for websites, you'll want to check out Antetype anyway. Take it for a spin and see its responsive design tools in action!…

  • iBetterCharge: remember to charge your iDevices

    I frequently forget about charging my iPhone and iPad until I'm headed out the door (or already in the car). I could add repeating reminders to OmniFocus or Calendars or something, but Softorino has a far better solution: iBetterCharge.…

  • Antetype giveaway!

    If you design for the web, you've probably used an array of tools for wireframing and prototyping. If you haven't tried the latest version of Antetype, though, you should take it for a spin.…

  • New Perspective Icons for OmniFocus 2

    I mentioned it on Twitter, but I think it deserves a highlight here. Icons & Coffee have recently released Perspective Icons 2. It's a set of icons designed especially for OmniFocus 2. They make your Perspectives look awesome.…

  • Clarify for Markdown blogging

    I've mentioned this before, but wanted to do an official post now that Clarify fully supports Markdown and has become a great blogging tool.…

  • Shell tricks: the OS X open command

    You may already be familiar with the open command in Darwin (OS X's flavor of Unix). It allows you to open files and URLs in their default app or one that you specify. In its simplest form:…

  • Vox 2.1 with SoundCloud integration

    My favorite music player just got cooler. I've written about Vox here before, and covered the 1.0 release on TUAW. Version 2.1 is now available on the App Store.…

  • The Tower 2 giveaway

    I mentioned the 2.0 release of the Tower Git client for Mac last week, and I was exited to hear from them that they'd love to give away four copies on my blog. If you use Git, you'll want to take a shot at these ($59 value).…

  • Tower 2 is twice the Git power

    Git fans are often command line nuts. I know I am. But complex git operations can often be tedious, no matter how experienced you are. I fell in love with the Tower git client some time ago, and it makes using Git easy whether you're an old pro looking for a fast solution for complex operations, or a total newbie with no command line experience. It makes complex merges, chunking and cherry picking, rolling back changes, etc. a breeze. Tower 2 is out today, and it's a complete re-imagining of…

  • Marked 2.3 on the Mac App Store

    Marked, my Markdown previewer and writing tool, is now available on the Mac App Store. Both the direct version and the MAS version will be discounted to $9.99 for the first week as an "upgrade" price for anyone using the Marked 1 Mac App Store version.…

  • Review: Dropzone 3

    I'm a bit late in covering this major update to one of my favorite applications. I've been too busy enjoying it, I guess.…

  • The Transloader winners

    If you won and haven't heard from the Giveaway Robot (and have checked your spam folder), drop me a line. If you didn't win, be sure to check out Transloader and its companion iOS app. While you're at it, don't miss Yoink and ScreenFloat, more great utilities from Eternal Storms.…

  • Giveaway: Transloader remote downloader

    After running giveaways for Yoink and ScreenFloat from Eternal Storms, it seems only fitting that I include a third app of their's in the giveaway lineup.…

  • bookmark-cli: OS X bookmark data for scripters

    I've been working on a simple solution for backing up and restoring OS X tags after catastrophes. Ultimately this is going to have to be more than a script, but I have most of the pieces in place. As part of the experiment I wanted to be able to handle files being renamed and moved. That's best handled by the file bookmarking portions of the Cocoa API, so I wrote a little CLI to capture and restore bookmark data for a file or folder.…

  • How to lose your tags

    First, Happy July 4th! I was going to take today off from everything, but woke up early with a bug to do some more OS X tagging research. I'll go back to bed after this...…

  • Mavericks tags and coreutils, a warning

    This won't affect too many people, but if you've installed the GNU Coreutils, you should be aware that the mv` and `cp commands strip extended attributes from your files. If you do any tagging in Mavericks (or with OpenMeta), you'll find your tags disappearing after shell scripts or command line filing act on a file.…

  • Win a copy of Curio 9!

    I mentioned yesterday that Curio 9 is out, and I'm really excited about the plethora of new features and enhancements. I talked with developer George Browning and he was happy to provide two copies of Curio 9 to give away on brettterpstra.com.…

  • Curio 9 adds all kinds of awesome

    One of my favorite brainstorming applications, Curio, has just released version 9. It includes an complete revamp of the interface for Mavericks and Yosemite, along with dozens of new features and improvements.…

  • The sweet giveaways continue: ScreenFloat

    ScreenFloat is another indispensible Mac utility from the author of Yoink. It allows you to capture any part of your screen and quickly turn it into a floating window that you can reference while you work in other applications. I use it frequently to grab specs from a web page while I'm writing about something, preventing me from having to switch back to the browser should my mind lose a bit of the information.…

  • The Yoink giveaway winners

    Congratulations to the seven winners of Yoink promo codes. I hope you find it as useful as I do! * Aaron Wenner * Tux Yik * Rich LaMarche * Jeff Kelley * Justin Ridgewell * Kunal Jha * Frederik For everybody else, check out Yoink on the Mac App Store!…

  • Giveaway: 5 codes for Yoink

    I first mentioned Yoink back in 2011, and I've run it every day since. It's a small utility that shows up when you start dragging files and gives you a convenient shelf to collect them on until you're ready to drag them out into another folder or application. It's extremely handy.…

  • Recap: Apr 30th, 2014

    Sponsor: Backblaze (Apr 24th) : Thanks to Backblaze for their gracious support of brettterpstra.com this week. If you're not running offsite backups, you're taking a big risk. Check out Backblaze for $5/month!…

  • Web Excursions for April 29, 2014
  • Deckset 1.0 released

    I've gushed about the beta of this Mac app a couple of times on Systematic, and it's finally out for everyone. Deckset is the easiest way to create a slide deck, a la Keynote or Powerpoint, and present it on the big screen.…

  • What's that in your menu bar?

    There have been some questions about what's in my menu bar as shown in my Macworld session, The Efficient Mac User (this slide). Here's the list (all 42 icons). It changes frequently, but this is what was running on the morning I grabbed the screenshot for the slide deck.…

  • Recap: Mar 26th, 2014

    Sponsor: TextExpander (Mar 13th) : Big thanks to TextExpander and Smile for their continued support. If you're not already using TextExpander, I think you're crazy.…

  • Quick Tip: manual autocorrect on OS X

    This tip from Macworld is a fun one for writers. It's about how you can manually trigger the autocorrect popup in Cocoa text fields by hitting space after a misspelled word and then moving the caret backward to the edge of the word. After a very short delay, the suggestion popover (only in the most recent versions of OS X) will appear and you can use arrow keys and enter to choose one. Dismiss it with escape. It avoids the entire process of right clicking and choosing a correction from the…

  • The atomic solution for Keep In Dock on Mavericks

    I lamented on Twitter and App.net that my Dock was no longer respecting "Keep in Dock," and hadn't for a while now. It turned out I was far from alone I heard from a lot of people having the same experience. One friend, Thomas Brand, offered a simple solution: delete the Dock preferences. It stung a bit --- it's the equivalent of "did you try rebooting?" --- but it worked and I'm grateful.…

  • Arq 4 Giveaway!

    Arq 4 is a major step forward for the offsite backup application. Along with support for myriad new storage types (including GreenQloud, DreamObjects, Google Cloud Storage, and any Amazon S3-compatible service), it also added SFTP backup so that I could use my remote mini as a backup storage device.…

  • Quick Tip: caffeinate your Terminal

    This command can be run in a couple of ways. First, you can add a timer and tell it to prevent sleep for a certain duration. Alternatively, you can attach it to another command to keep the computer awake as long as that process is running, allowing the system to sleep after the command finishes.…

  • iTunesIcon 2.1 with easy icon sizing

    You may recall my iTunesIcon app that lets you easily search for and pull an icon from any App Store (Mac or iTunes) app. I posted a minor update recently that I forgot to mention: you can now specify the size of the returned icon.…

  • VOX 2.0

    I wrote up the Vox 1.0 release for TUAW a little while back. It seems like it's only been a few months (it's been 6), but Vox 2.0 is already here. I love this powerful little music controller and have been using it as my main (non-Spotify/Simplify) player.…

  • Web Excursions for January 10, 2014
  • 2013: My year in review

    This year I Launched the new brettterpstra.com on a Jekyll platform (I've written about a few of my Jekyll adventures). Since then I've had a couple of projects ship, so I thought I'd take time to do my yearly review.…

  • Scripting podcast and screencast prep on a Mac

    There's a lot to remember when you're preparing to record a screencast or a podcast. Quitting some apps, launching others, changing settings... I find it easiest just to script everything. That's probably not a surprise to anyone.…

  • A few of my favorite Mac apps in 2013

    It's been a good year for software. I've had the pleasure of using and exploring a ton of new apps. I took inventory of the apps installed on my main Mac, ran it through SearchLink and put together this post to share the ones I use the most often.…

  • Quick Tip: Tag Filer without Hazel

    If you want to run the Tag Filer script, but don't have Hazel handy, you still have everything you need to get it done. One option is to run a "cleanup" command at intervals using launchd.…

  • Automatic filing with Hazel and Mavericks tags

    I've finished a tag-based filing system I started working on before Mavericks. I personally think it's flexible enough to be shared, but others may balk at the apparent complexity. It does take some planning and setup, but it's an effective way for me to manage files.…

  • Icon Grabber updated to search any platform

    I've updated the icon grabber script to allow you to specify what type of application you're looking for, be it iPhone, iPad or Mac. In case you're not familiar, this script uses the iTunes API to locate the highest resolution icon for an application based on a search query. It previously always assumed "iPad."…

  • Web Excursions for November 14, 2013
  • Planter 2.0 with Mavericks tagging

    I've finished the biggest update to Planter thus far, and bumped it to version 2.0. I don't know how popular this project is or ever will be, but I still find it useful enough to keep in good shape.…

  • Mavericks tags, Spotlight and Terminal

    I've actually begun work on a book about tagging, and Mavericks in particular. It's a subject I truly enjoy, and so far it's kind of been writing itself. I hope to wrap it up faster than some of my other side projects. Bits that I think aren't mass-consumable enough for publication will end up here, where my gentle readers can decide for themselves if they want to do anything with it.…

  • Speedier file tagging in Mavericks

    As you might expect, I'm enthusiastically exploring Mavericks' file tagging. I looked into the state of the OpenMeta transition yesterday and found that many of the best OpenMeta tagging apps already have reasonable solutions, including Hazel, HoudahSpot, Leap and Yep. There are a few others that I'm not certain will ever get updates, but I have word that my favorite, Tags, should be getting some serious love soon.…

  • Top RAM processes Geeklet Mavericks fixer upper

    For those of you using the memmeter.rb Geeklet to display your top RAM processes on your Desktop, I've updated the script located here with a version compatible with Mavericks and Ruby 2.0.…

  • Markdown Service Tools update for Mavericks

    One step at a time, I'm updating as many of my tools as are still relevant to work with Mavericks. Up for review right now are the Markdown Service Tools. This update should fix all of them, but if you have any issues with a particular Service, let me know.…

  • Web Excursions for October 24, 2013
  • TextExpander tools updated for Mavericks

    The TextExpander Tools have been updated to fix many of the snippets in the Tools group, including the URL shortening and creation snippets. You can download them from the TE-Snippets page, and if you've added the group as a URL it should automatically update.…

  • Web Excursions for October 15, 2013
  • A better SearchLink fix

    Thanks to notes from Jeremy Mack and die_krabbe, SearchLink is restored to its former glory, complete with a working iTunes API search for the Mac App Store. It's also now Mavericks-compatible and should handle UTF-8 characters appropriately.…

  • Wallflowers: my favorite OS X augmentations

    There are quite a few apps on my machine that run in the background, waiting for that moment when they get to shine. These apps augment the OS X experience in ways that I'd have trouble functioning without.…

  • Web Excursions for October 03, 2013
  • And the ForkLift winners are...

    Thanks to everyone who entered. If you didn't win, you can still check out ForkLift on the Mac App Store or direct from the BinaryNights website.…

  • Announcing the BusyCal Winners

    If you're on the list and didn't receive a code, you'll need to contact me from the email address you entered with. Of course, if you failed to provide a last name, you might never know if you won or not...…

  • Web Excursions for September 11, 2013
  • Advanced file management with ForkLift (plus giveaway!)

    ForkLift is a file manager which --- in my opinion --- doesn't get mentioned nearly often enough. It combines the best features of file managers such as Path Finder, Finder extensions like TotalFinder, and FTP apps like YummyFTP and Transmit. It offers blazing fast remote file transfers and management with great tools for local file navigation.…

  • Get busy: BusyCal 2.5 giveaway

    Is the built-in OS X Calendar app not doing the trick for you? BusyCal is a great alternative that won't make you sacrifice the system integration you're used to. It adds full support for iCloud, Exchange, Google Calendar and other CalDAV servers. It features advanced alarms which can optionally integrate with Notification Center and be snoozed for any length of time.…

  • Side note: Curio 8 is on sale

    I haven't gotten my Curio brainstorming article together yet, but I did want to mention that there's a sale on it right now until August 31st. You can use the code BACKTOSCHOOL at their online store and get 20% off of Curio 8 (usually $99).…

  • Web Excursions for August 24, 2013
  • Scripting TaskPaper, mind maps, outliners and other fun

    I did some hacking on the excellent "Extra Info" script from Pedro Lobo. I wouldn't say I greatly improved it, but I did make a fine mess of the code. My goal was achieved, though: special tags create new files from templates with things like subject, source link, date, etc. all ready to go. Trigger it with FastScripts and you can add extended notes to any task using MindNode, Mindjet MindManager, OmniOutliner, iThoughtsX and nvALT.…

  • Searchlink 1.6 update

    Thanks to a catch and fix from Nathan Henrie, the SearchLink service has been updated to 1.6. It was snagging on matches where a link` preceded a Searchlink `text type of link and combining the url with the search command. This is remedied now, and thanks to Nathan for the fix!…

  • The Chatology winners

    Thanks to everyone for entering, that was a record turnout. I'll be running some more giveaways in the near future, but the Giveaway Robot has requested a little vacation time.…

  • VOX 1.0 is out, plus a treat

    I wrote up my favorite new music player, VOX, this morning for TUAW. After working with the developers on the beta for a while, they've offered my readers a special promotion.…

  • A Chatology giveway to make your day

    To top off the recent rash of software giveaways, I have five copies of Chatology ($19.99 US value)! It's a Mac app that brings instant search to Messages, so you can quickly locate any chat you've had. It can even (optionally) take over the Command-F key in Messages, so when you hit the find shortcut, it loads up, ready for instant search.…

  • And the Fantastical winners are...

    Pete and David only get the first half of the code and they have to guess the rest. That's what you get for only giving me the first half of your name.…

  • A Fantastic(al) giveaway!

    First off, welcome to the giveaways, most of Canada. I'm still excluding Quebec for inane legal reasons, but everyone else is welcome to enter!…

  • Mavericks and Tagging

    The next version of OS X (Mavericks) is going to have file tagging capabilities built directly into Finder (as well as save dialogs and iCloud browsers). In fact, it works in the same way as OpenMeta -- the system I've espoused all these years -- using metadata on the file itself to store the information and expose it to Spotlight. Apple is on the tagging train, and I'm certain they'll be conducting it in short order.…

  • The 2x myPhoneDesktop winners!

    In no particular order, here are the randomly-chosen winners of the 2x myPhoneDesktop giveaway. Each winner receives two promo codes:…

  • 2x Giveaway - Win TWO copies of myPhoneDesktop

    I'm continuing a streak of giveaways for some great apps. myPhoneDesktop has been among my favorite programs for a while now. You run it on your iPhone and/or iPad and use a desktop application to quickly send a variety of items (urls, images, contacts, etc.) from your Mac to your iOS devices quickly and easily. It integrates with a lot of desktop applications you probably already use. Version 2.0 was recently released with great set of new features. Check out the release notes to see what's…

  • The winners of the Oyster Giveaway

    Winners are picked at random by the Giveaway Robot. If you didn't receive an email with a code/link, please let me know! If you missed out, Oyster is an awesome Regular Expression builder/tester for Mac, and you can pick up a copy for $4.99 US on the Mac App Store.…

  • Oyster Giveaway

    It seems like only yesterday I was giving away copies of Briefly. Next thing I know, I'm sitting here with five codes for Oyster, the regular expression testing app I reviewed a little while ago.…

  • Mac App Giveaway: Briefly

    Briefly is a fun little Mac app for combining piles of photos into a fast-paced video. You simply drag a stack of photos from any other application or folder onto the main window, and it will compile the video. You can sort the photos on the main screen of the application, and add a soundtrack from an audio file or MP3. You can see a quick sample I made on YouTube.…

  • Web Excursions for July 08, 2013
  • The SliceReader giveaway winners

    The Giveaway Robot (he needs a better name) has named the lucky winners in the SliceReader giveaway. He claims to have notified them all with a stunning email he generated himself and sent through my GMail relay to avoid being spammed. Hopefully. Just in case, here are the winners, contact me if you didn't hear from "GR".…

  • Thumbnail icons for Delish bookmarks

    I've been messing around with some more ideas surrounding the future of bookmarking and information gathering. As part of that process, I bought Delish and started messing around with some Spotlight/Finder integration. I won't go into all of the kMDItemAwesome of that, but I did work out a trick on the way that might actually be useful.…

  • 5 free copies of SliceReader

    I recently wrote a review of the Mac app SliceReader. The developer, Mutahhir Ali Hayat, was kind enough to offer you all five free copies ($2.99 US value). Use the form at the end of the post to enter.…

  • Mac App Review: Oyster

    Regular Expressions, often called "regex," are one of the most powerful tools in any programming language's toolbox, at least when it comes to string handling. They can be a challenge to build and test if you're working blind, though. There have been a few good apps to help out with this, and some websites that offer live, online testing of regular expressions.…

  • Mac App Review: SliceReader

    When SliceReader first appeared, I was instantly intrigued. It's a simple app which "slices" an article, pasted text or text file into pages and display them, one paragraph per page. It's designed to make reading long form articles easier for those of us who don't do as well with reading long pages. It works.…

  • Just some BetterTouchTool notes

    I stumbled upon a BetterTouchTool setting that filled me with glee today. It probably should have been obvious to me earlier, but I hadn't tried right clicking a gesture in the table view. When you do, you get this menu:…

  • EventScripts and reliable Bluetooth proximity detection

    I've mentioned EventScripts before, but I'm finding it awesome enough lately to mention again. I use it in tandem with BetterTouchTool, but for different purposes.…

  • Mac App Review: Dash for developers

    I've been playing with a cool little application called Dash for a while now. It's a hotkey-based popup with configurable docsets for most major programming languages, including HTML, CSS (plus Less, Bourbon, Compass, Sass, etc.), JavaScript, Cocoa (Mac and iOS), Python, PHP, Ruby, Unix man pages and much more. It also has an iCloud/Dropbox-syncable snippet manager for storing and quickly accessing reusable code, complete with placeholders and cursor location control.…

  • Natural Language Date Service update

    I received a request to make the Natural Language Date Service work with formats like "+3 5pm" to create a date in 3 days at 5pm. Previously you couldn't add a time to a "+x" format.…

  • Fix blurry, pixelated icons in Mountain Lion

    I hadn't seen it happen for a long time, but it struck me today. Blurry icons in Finder and Launchpad. Not all of them, just a few. Some App Store apps, some non, with no obvious rhyme or reason to what was affected.…

  • Mac App review: Ulysses III

    The Soulmen have just posted Ulysses III to the Mac App Store. It brings Daedalus-style document management (similar to Scrivener) to a Markdown (and Textile) editor that's pretty special.…

  • SearchLink gets a little smarter

    I find SearchLink to be one of my most useful Services to date. I don't even use the Auto-Link command from the Markdown Service Tools anymore. In case you haven't seen it yet, it allows you to quickly enter simple markers in your text and then automatically run various types of web searches and insert the top result as a Markdown link automatically. It saves a ton of time when you're linking lists of apps, adding definitions, referencing iTunes and Last.fm artists and much more.…

  • The first apps on my new Mac

    I spent my free time over the last week setting up a new Macbook Air. Given my constant experimentation with OS X, I build up a lot of mistakes over time. I decided to do this install from the ground up and avoid porting legacy garbage into a new machine. These are my notes from the setup.…

  • Glui: a lightweight alternative to Skitch

    I'm among the many who are discontent with the latest version of Skitch. I've reverted back to the previous version and have been using it happily, but there's a new alternative.…

  • Triggering tasks remotely with notifyutil and launchd

    Let me start this by saying that I'm fully aware that there are multiple ways to accomplish this feat, and that my choice may not have been the perfect one. It happens to work around some frustrations I found with other solutions, but I kind of got on a kick of really wanting to make this work. It works (though it killed my Sunday). It's pretty complex to describe, though, so I'll probably end up leaving some holes in the story. If something doesn't make sense, point it out in the comments and…

  • Quick Tip: Jumping to the Finder location in Terminal

    I'd been meaning to write a script to do this for a while, and a post by Dr. Drang inspired me to whip it up. Dr. Drang's is a TextExpander snippet (which also works fine in shell if you use "quoted form of" to be safe). This method is just a tad more convenient for Terminal usage. It's a two-line bash function for quickly cd`-ing to the location of the front Finder window with a simple command (`cdf).…

  • Mac App Review: MultiMarkdown Composer 2

    Fletcher Penney recently released MultiMarkdown Composer 2 on the Mac App Store. It's a cleaned-up, smoothed-out, feature-packed version of the previous incarnation. I'm loving it.…

  • Restore Save as... everywhere

    > Update: It turns out it's not my custom keybinding that made this work. Apparently it was already there and just happened to be bound to the same key I was experimenting with. You don't need to do anything... the tip is really just that Command-Shift-Option-S already is the old Save As behavior. There, saved you some trouble!…

  • Clip Text File: more surprisingly handy dumb tricks

    As you may know, I store a lot of information in plain text files. Among the things I enjoy about this has always been that I can grab the contents of any file straight to the clipboard --- without opening it --- when I'm on the command line. I just use cat FILENAME|pbcopy and boom, done. I wrote a function a long time ago to make this a little safer and more convenient. It avoids clipping non-text files accidentally and provides a little feedback.…

  • Great apps for 2012: Mac and iOS

    This is part of a 3-part series covering some of my favorite apps for 2012. Yesterday I posted about some of my favorite Mac apps this year. This post is dedicated to apps available on both Mac and iOS with sync capabilities. This is by no means an all-encompassing list, but rather a few standouts.…

  • Great apps for 2012: Mac

    This will be a 3-part series celebrating some of my favorite apps in 2012: Mac apps, Mac iOS crossover apps and iOS apps. These are apps that I use regularly. Not all of them are new, and it's not even close to a comprehensive list just a few I thought worth mentioning.…

  • Memories: photo, video and text journaling

    I tested out a journaling app called Memories today, and thought it was worth a mention. If you're looking for a great-looking journaling app that also offers encryption for your personal thoughts, Memories is probably worth a taking a peek at.…

  • Pixa giveaway winners

    The giveaway robot has picked two winners for the Pixa giveaway! Names are linked to the comments that were selected to avoid any confusion. Emails have already been sent, if your comment is listed below and you haven't heard from me (and you've checked your spam folder), please let me know.…

  • Pixa giveaway, get it while it's hot

    Pixa is an awesome new Mac app for organizing images and graphics. I'm personally using it to index and browse my (rather large) collection of icons and UI elements. It recently became available in the Mac App Store, and Shiny Frog has provided a couple of free promo codes for you. Details at the end of the post!…

  • ProductiveMacs rules the productivity roost, again

    It's not the first time there's been a great offering from ProductiveMacs, but the current bundle is awesome. It'll set you back a mere $30, and includes multiple apps that cost that much on their own (and are worth more).…

  • Mac app review: Slicy

    Slicy from Macrabbit. I've mentioned it before (more often back when it was Layercake), but it's worth a more meaningful mention. If you create graphics in Photoshop for web or app UI and you don't use it yet, read on.…

  • Vacuuming your Mail.app index still works wonders

    There was a tip on Hawk Wings long ago which showed how to speed up Apple's Mail.app by vacuuming the SQLite3 index. I hadn't tried it since Snow Leopard, but I was having some serious issues with the time it took to open a Mail folder on my Air, so I thought I'd give it a shot.…

  • Quick Tip: Trackpad rule of thumb

    This tip is not highly technical, but may be of use to you if you use a trackpad on your Mac, be it laptop or Magic Trackpad. It came up while talking to Rabbi Eric Linder about workflows a seemingly mundane problem, but it struck a chord with me because I had the same issue when I first got my Magic Trackpad.…

  • You won Day One

    Over 250 entries showed up for the Day One giveaway. Thanks to everyone who entered, below are the names of the lucky 10 winners (with links to the original comment to confirm that it is or is not you).…

  • Launching your entire Dock at once

    I keep my Dock very trim. The only apps that have a permanent home there are apps that I either have to have running all day, or apps that I choose to have running all day. However, I don't make them launch items. Booting up can be slow enough without trying to launch five heavy apps at the same time that everything else is loading.…

  • A drop-in growlnotify replacement for Mountain Lion notifications

    I use the Growl Extra growlnotify in a lot of my scripts to offer notifications while they run in the background. It works great, and still works with Mountain Lion, but I have a thing for system integration and new shiny.…

  • Celebrate the Day One updates with a free copy!

    While my uses for it may be unconventional, I'm a fan of Day One for journaling and logging on Mac and iPhone/iPad. I've been beta testing new versions for both and am excited to announce they're finally available!…

  • Mountain Lion Notifications from Terminal with terminal-notifier

    Via a post on OneThingWell, I discovered a new Ruby library and accompanying CLI called terminal-notifier. It allows you to quickly interface with Mountain Lion's Notification Center from the command line. terminal-notifier will be available as part of the filesystem-watching tool Kicker, but you can put it to use as a general notification system for Terminal right now.…

  • Fixing virtual hosts and web sharing in Mountain Lion

    Mountain Lion moves "web sharing" out of the System Preferences interface (and into Mountain Lion Server), and disables Apache by default. Now that there's no button to click to turn it on, you have to do things yourself. I've seen some of this posted in a few places, but this serves as a note-to-self.…

  • Quickly restarting apps with LaunchBar (and friends)

    I've been using this little trick frequently for a while now. I doubt "normal" people ever need to frequently restart apps, but when I start working on keybindings and other things that require fresh starts to take effect, it's nice to be able to do so with a couple of keystrokes.…

  • nvALT and Marked on Mountain Lion: A-OK

    I'm pleased to report that---with minimal effort on my part---nvALT and Marked are running fine on Mountain Lion. I tested them a few pre-releases back, but got confirmation from a slew of users on Twitter (thanks everybody) that there appear to be no issues.…

  • Web excursions: July 25, 2012
  • Quick Tip: system-wide notifications with notifyutil

    I just discovered this, thus don't know a lot about it, but notifyutil is a pretty cool command line utility in OS X. I know it exists in both Lion and Mountain Lion, not sure how long it's been around before that.…

  • Note - Bundle Hunt Bundle is awesome

    I just want to point out that the current Bundle Hunt bundle is awesome. I own (and love) every app included and have half of the books, icons and themes or I'd buy it myself right now. If you're missing more than $50 worth of the bundled items, it's worth it. You can always gift redundant licenses to friends in need.…

  • My Sweet Mac Setup

    If you've ever wanted to know more about my current Mac-based setup, have a look at my "Sweet Mac Setup", part of Shawn Blanc's series of the same name.…

  • App Review: Found - Spotlight on steroids

    I've been waiting to write about Found since the last WWDC. I got a preview then, and a few months later got a beta copy. It's pretty amazing.…

  • Mac App Review: Trickster, instant access to recent items

    I've been testing an app called Trickster for a bit now, and it's publicly available today (just in time to be included in the impressive Productive Macs bundle). It's a revamp of Apparent Software's predecessor app, Blast.…

  • Spotlight tricks: search by category

    You know those categories the App Stores use to sort applications by their intended use? You can use those in Spotlight on iOS. Did you know you can do that on your Mac, too? I didn't, and I didn't find many references to this on the web, so I'll share the discovery:…

  • New text navigation KeyBindings

    I haven't had much time to write here this week thanks to some day job stress, major additions to Marked, writing for other venues, updating iTextEditors and various other fun. I had a brainstorm that resulted in new KeyBindings this morning, though, and thought it would be a good chance to get a post up before anyone thinks I've been kidnapped.…

  • Proximity hacking

    I've been trying for years to get a decent Bluetooth "proximity" setup going so that my iPhone can trigger lighting setups as I enter and exit a room. I think I've finally nailed it, though I'm sure there's plenty more testing to do.…

  • App Review: Tree, an outliner I can love

    I don't like outliners. It's not that I see anything wrong with them, they just don't click with the way my brain works when I'm brainstorming or planning. It's why I use mind maps. Nonetheless, I had to try Tree (MAS link) when I saw it. It looked different. It was.…

  • MultiMarkdown Quick Look with Style

    I added a little hack to Fletcher Penney's MultiMarkdown Quick Look generator to give it a default style (Github CSS) and allow for customization via a .mdqlstyle.css file located in your home folder. Full details and download available on Github.…

  • Introducing Gather, a Cocoa Markdownifier

    I wrote something a couple of nights ago that I thought I'd share. I'm calling it "Gather," and it's basically an "appified" version of my Readability/Markdownify work. A Cocoa version of Marky the Markdownifier, if you will. You can paste in a URL and it will attempt to find the core text of the page, download it and turn it into Markdown for clean web clipping. It displays the result in a field you can copy from, and it can optionally auto-copy the result to your clipboard.…

  • Connecting nvALT and Address Book

    Here's a quick, simple AppleScript to help you hook Notational Velocity/nvALT into Address Book. I sometimes want to attach a note or list of links to an entry in my address book, but I don't like using the notes field. I tend to keep all of my notes in nvALT, and I prefer not to scatter them too far. All I needed was a way to quickly create and link an nvALT note to each address...…

  • App Review: LiveReload

    I linked LiveReload on Twitter the day I discovered it, but I haven't given it a truly thorough test until tonight. Suffice to say I was impressed enough to take some time out to write it up.…

  • Mac App Giveaway: PDFpen

    This is the last of this run of Thanksgiving giveaways. There will be more soon, I promise, but Smile was generous enough to donate--in addition to the TextExpander licenses I gave away yesterday--three codes for PDFpen as well. I don't usually run giveaways on apps I haven't specifically reviewed, so I'll try to roll both together here.…

  • The second Marked giveaway!

    Following up on the 50% off Marked sale over the weekend, I'm putting three more Marked promo codes up for grabs. Marked is my own MultiMarkdown preview app which works with any text editor to provide an updated preview every time you save your file.…

  • Mac App Giveaway: Byword

    I'm really excited to be putting this one up: Five promo codes for Byword for Mac. It's US $9.99 on the App Store, but leave a comment on this post and have a chance to pick up a copy for free! I've mentioned Byword before, and it's one of my favorite writing tools on my Mac. It has great tools for Markdown writers, too, and some very handy keyboard shortcuts.…

  • Mac App Giveaway: MultiMarkdown Composer

    Continuing the very exciting Thanksgiving giveaways today I have five promo codes for Fletcher Penney's MultiMarkdown Composer (reviewed here). It's a text editor packed with features for editing Markdown and MultiMarkdown, including syntax highlighting, document header navigation, shortcuts for adding MultiMarkdown syntax and much more.…

  • Mac App Giveaway: TextExpander

    Since it's Black Friday, I'm going to run a second giveaway today: TextExpander. It's one of my all-time favorite Mac utilities, and I have quite a few free snippets available to demonstrate its usefulness. It's available in the Mac App Store for US $34.99, and it's worth every penny. Today, though, you can comment below and be entered for a chance at one of three free licenses.…

  • Mac App Giveaway: Dropzone

    Well, it's Black Friday. If you're not trampled outside of some big box store somewhere, I have a special surprise for you. Five App Store codes for Dropzone (US $13.99), to be precise. It's one of my favorite Mac utilities and--if you don't already have it--I recommend jumping on this chance for a free copy!…

  • KeyBindings: new, improved "surround" commands

    As the next part in the keybindings series I'm demonstrating some improvements I've made to the original "surround" commands since my first time around. This set of commands is designed to wrap selected text in a variety of paired characters. The keys are the same, but the commands now work inside of single-line text fields (like you often find in Safari), prevent auto-pairing in apps like nvALT, MultiMarkdown Composer and Byword, and a few refinements to cursor positioning.…

  • App Review: CodeRunner

    One for the coders: I discovered CodeRunner by Nikolai Krill a few months back, and it's proven to be very, very useful in the kind of work that I do. It allows you to test blocks of code and see the results quickly and easily. It has syntax highlighting and autocompletion, as well as the ability to handle a wide variety of languages.…

  • QuickQuestion 1.1 update

    I've made a small update to QuickQuestion. It adds the ability to specify part of the answer to be copied to the clipboard when one of the scripts (Alfred, Launchbar, CLI) runs. You format it with @copy(part to copy) and use it inline. The @copy syntax is stripped out when the answer is displayed, just like @(metadata). So if the answer to your question is a command, url or anything else you're probably going to copy and paste anyway, just add something like this:…

  • What? You want QuickCal for free? Ok.

    Yet another giveaway here at brettterpstra.com. We're wheeling, we're dealing... and I got you five licenses for the excellent QuickCal application for Mac (and iOS, but we're not giving those out... yet). If you haven't used it, it's a way to add events and todos to your calendar using natural language. I could say, for example, "End the QuickCal giveaway noon on Wednesday" and I'd get a new calendar event set for noon on Wednesday, October 05, 2011 with the title "End the QuickCal giveaway."…

  • Forget about it. Or not.

    I forget a lot of things. I forget how I did something, or where I found an answer, or where I put my glasses. I use technology to help with that to some extent, and Notational Velocity/nvALT are excellent at helping me find previous notes, assuming I bothered to take them.…

  • App Review: Yoink

    I tweeted the other day that @eternalstorms is way too good at solving my problems for me. What I was referring to was Yoink, which just became available today. It's an uber-simple app which provides a drawer for dragging files between spaces and full-screen apps. I wrote it up on TUAW this morning, so I won't go into detail here.…

  • App review: Launchpad-Control

    Here's a little gem of an app: Launchpad-Control. It's actually a Preference Pane, and it allows you to use simple checkboxes to show and hide items, folders and even entire pages of applications in Lion's Launchpad.…

  • App Review: Byword

    In the interest of actually getting going on app reviews on this blog, I'm mentioning a somewhat obvious one: Byword. While I still write my drafts in nvALT and do the heavy lifting and linking in TextMate with my Blogsmith Bundle, Byword has quickly become the place where I actually do my writing.…

  • KeyBinding madness

    There's a somewhat mysterious individual who is consistently leaving brilliant little pieces of code and information in my comments. Dr. Drang has been visited by this apparition as well. We're both duly impressed with what he (or she?) does.…

  • Prefixr OS X Service

    Just for giggles, and because Jeffrey Way was kind enough to provide a simple API for Prefixr, here's a System Service that will turn your standard CSS3 properties into cross-browser, vendor-prefixed versions.…

  • Quick Tip: fixing the "other account" Mac App Store issue

    Quick tips are random posts regarding something I discovered on my way to something bigger. They usually get longer than "quick" would imply, for which I refuse to apologize.…

  • The Mac and iOS mind mapping app extravaganza

    Most of my projects start out as mind maps (which I may have mentioned before). Whether it's a packing list, a blog post or a TextMate bundle, I find it easiest to organize my (often scattered) thoughts using what Tony Buzan calls radiant thinking. Lists and outlines are rarely as effective as the non-linear format of a mind map. For me, if it involves brainstorming, it involves mind maps.…

  • Duplicating Safari browsing sessions between Macs

    Hey, you're just in time for another "stupid trick of the day" script. I have good reason for this one, and it only took me about 8 minutes to set up. It will take me longer to write about it than it's probably worth, but it might be of use to anyone in a similar situation. Here's the scenario:…

  • Make CSSEdit use the latest Webkit nightly every time

    If you're a web designer with a Mac, you probably use--or at least know of--CSSEdit. In it's heyday, it was the way to edit CSS. It's fallen a little out of repair it doesn't recognize new selectors and properties (which messes up color coding and completion). Plus, it doesn't play well with nifty frameworks like LESS or SASS, if you're in the habit of using those. My "watcher" script was my solution to the latter. There's a cool trick, though, that allows you to force CSSEdit to use the…

  • Watch for file changes and refresh your browser automatically

    After my epic three-part post on Saturday, I spent the rest of the weekend doing more "useful" things. Now it's Sunday night (Monday morning, I think), and I've got some kind of minor food poisoning which is currently keeping me awake. Thus a "hey, cool trick" post.…

  • Grabbing a Mac app's icon: Automator style

    We've covered a small truckload of Bash scripting ideas for Mac and OS X in the previous two posts. It's time to put them to use and create an Automator app that we can use as a droplet in Finder. If you skipped straight here, it probably means you don't really want to know about the messy details of the scripts, so this post won't go into a lot of Unix mumbo jumbo.…

  • Grabbing a Mac app's icon: advanced Bash usage

    In the previous post in this series, we looked at the basic Terminal commands we'd use to grab a Mac application's icon from the command line. In this post, we'll flesh out the script a little and turn it into a Bash function with some added features:…

  • Grabbing a Mac app's icon: building blocks

    I spent a few hours last night nerding out over an easy way to grab a Mac application's icon. I sent the basic Bash script and an example Automator action off to the other writers at TUAW. Then there was dinner, a movie, drinks and dessert. I found myself back at it when I got home. I am Jack's complete inability to leave well enough alone.…

  • Markdown in ScreenSteps

    I love ScreenSteps, the app from Blue Mango which makes creating documentation for screen-based applications as fast and easy as making documentation can possibly be. It's a little clunky sometimes, but the features outweigh the cons by far, at least for me.…

  • Notational Velocity ALT 1.0 release

    After a few late nights of off-hours programming, I'm putting Notational Velocity ALT out as a version 1.0. Obviously built on the backs of others, I'm just giving it a versioning scheme of its own to make it easier to track my own updates. It does have the built-in updater pointed to my own servers now, so once you install it, updates will be available from within the app.…

  • Notational Velocity ALT 5.3

    As usual with projects I didn't plan to take as far as I did, my version numbering scheme is, well, stupid. With the next release I'm going to implement my own feed for automatic updates, so I'll probably reset the versioning to something more incremental and sane. Anyway...…

  • Clear sticky Growl notifications with a keyboard shortcut

    I ran into a question yesterday that didn't seem to have an obvious answer: how can I clear a stack of sticky Growl notifications using only the keyboard. It's not been any secret that I'm a fan of keyboard shortcuts, as indicated by the extensive keyboard support I've added to Instapaper Beyond. So I decided to make an interim solution until a specific feature for this is added, either to the Growl preferences or via AppleScript support.…

  • Fun with MarsEdit, part I

    I'll be the first to admit that I get a little obsessed with projects that aren't really going to improve my life all that much. Those projects can be fun to blog about, though, so I present you my brief obsession for this Sunday afternoon.…

  • MultiMarkdown in MarsEdit

    I've just started using MarsEdit again (in combination with my TextMate blogging bundles), but I've run into a couple of issues. First, I can't assign thumbnails to my posts directly. This is the result of poor API support in Wordpress for handling attachments on a specific post, and not Daniel's fault at all. Fortunately, I've set my blog up to search for an image with a specific class, remove it from the post and use it as the post header if a thumbnail isn't assigned. That works.…

  • Instapaper Beyond 1.3

    I just pushed out a fairly large update for Instapaper Beyond, my little userscript for Fluid which adds extensive keyboard navigation and additional functionality to the Instapaper website. I've been playing with it sporadically for a while now, and version 1.3 has a lot of new features and some big fixes. See below for the best changelog I could pull together from my surprisingly scattered notes and commit messages.…

  • Delicious, Spotlight and OpenMeta tags, revisited

    I've taken a little time to improve the script I'd posted previously. It saves bookmarks you add to Delicious as webloc (Safari bookmark) files on your local hard drive, optionally with thumbnails and OpenMeta tags.…

  • Delicious bookmarks and OpenMeta tags

    There are quite a few things I love when it comes to my Mac. I love Spotlight. I love OpenMeta tagging. I love Evernote. I love being able to collect information from any source, and find anything I've saved, anywhere, no matter what program I used to create it. I especially love programs that allow me to accomplish that.…

  • A few scripts for TaskPaper users

    I've been using Things for task management lately, mostly because it has a decent iPad app. I really do love my iPad... however, I often use TaskPaper from Hog Bay Software for weekend to-do lists and for tracking bugs and fixes on my various freetime projects. I sometimes edit my TaskPaper files (which are just plain text) in TextMate and use some Ruby scripts adapted from the GTDAlt bundle to do some fun things, but I really like the interface you get when you actually use TaskPaper. So I…

  • TextExpander experiments

    I've seen a few people around the 'net sharing their TextExpander snippets, so I thought I'd join in. Not familiar with TextExpander? It's a Mac utility that expands short snippets into full text you've defined. There are quite a few programs that do text expansion (see Typinator), but TextExpander currently holds my heart because of its extra features such as shell scripting, completion suggestion and a new Fill dialog for variable input.…

  • A better System Service for Evernote clipping - with MultiMarkdown

    The fact that Evernote processes HTML so much better than it does plain or rich text got me thinking and tinkering. I use Markdown (actually, MultiMarkdown) constantly, and it does a great job of turning plain text into valid markup. With (Multi)Markdown, even plain text becomes HTML that--when imported into Evernote--retains most of its formatting. To answer your question, no, I'm not obsessed with Evernote, I'm obsessed with problems I think I could solve. It's unhealthy.…