Posts Tagged “quicktip”

  • 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.…

  • Making cd in bash a little better

    The Bash command cd` is pretty good with tab completion (though not as good as Z shell). I often want to complete a path like `~/Scripts/`, though, and get caught up on directories such as `~/ScriptingAdditions`, which I never need to get to through Terminal. There's an easy way to ignore those pesky directories, though, using the `$FIGNORE variable.…

  • 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…

  • 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.…

  • Quick Tip: Automating your Mac's wifi power

    This is a quick one, and many of you probably know it, but you can quickly toggle wifi on your Mac with the networksetup command. To turn your wifi on:…

  • 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.…

  • PopClip hacking

    I've obviously been on a PopClip kick lately. I run a lot of my little scripts through Services, but there are only so many shortcut combinations on a keyboard (and in my memory) and right clicking to run a Service is cumbersome. PopClip streamlines it for me, so I'm exploring...…

  • 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.…

  • A multi-purpose EDITOR variable

    Here's a quick trick I've been using to load different editors from the command line based on the type of file. It can be extended to whatever file types you want to handle and use whichever editor you prefer.…

  • 8 tips for no-touch flying: a completely serious survival guide to economy seating

    I fly a fair amount. It's a necessary evil, I guess. Road trips are for teenagers and very tolerant parents of small children. Trains are slow and expensive. Walking is usually out of the question if there's a plane involved anywhere in the equation. So I fly.…

  • Quick Tip: Flip between two apps with the Hyper key

    > Update: So many people told me that it didn't work for them that I had to go digging for why I was different. I had forgotten where the whole discovery started: I mapped hyper-Tab to Command-Tab in BetterTouchTool. That's why it functions this way. Get BetterTouchTool and add a keyboard mapping, then this will all make sense.…

  • Quick tip: Using 1Password when you can't use 1Password

    1Password is almost always the first app I install on a new machine. It's my key to opening all of the necessary accounts and it holds all of my software licenses. It's literally indispensable. I'm going to just go ahead and assume you use it or are at least familiar with it and move along.…

  • Quick Tip: images in nvALT

    You can add images to nvALT notes with standard Markdown syntax (``). If you use images in nvALT, here are three tips to make life easier.…

  • GitHub tip: easily sync your master to GitHub Pages

    On the occasion that you're working on a web-related project using GitHub, you may want to simply mirror your demo pages or entire master` branch over to the Github Pages for your project to make them web-accessible. An example case for this would be the development of a JavaScript tool that includes an "examples/" section. It would be most convenient to just let people browse that as a webpage from GitHub, keeping it up to date every time the `master branch changes.…

  • 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.…

  • Quick Tip: Checking for modifier keys in shell scripts

    Yesterday I found a handy little command line utility for checking whether a modifier key is held down. It's great for scripting of all kinds. The solution came from this post on the Apple Mailing List:…

  • 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.…

  • Quick Tip: repeat Cocoa text actions, Emacs/Vim style

    I just stumbled upon another keybinding tip from Jacob Rus. It allows you to enter a numeric string before running a text command and repeat the command the specified number of times. Emacs and Vim do it... turns out that any Cocoa text field can, too. The tip is from 2006, so this is old news, but still new to me.…

  • Quick Tip: Quickly clear stuck Growl notifications

    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.…

  • Quick Tip: MindManager to (clean) HTML

    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.…

  • Quick Tip: some .inputrc fun

    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.…

  • Quick Tip: This command line trick is tops

    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.…

  • Quick Tip: Extracting Mac App Store reviews as text

    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.…

  • 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.…

  • Quick Tip: clean up your MultiMarkdown tables

    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.…

  • Quick Tip: throttling parallel batch processes in Terminal

    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.…

  • Quick Tip: Multi-browser hotkey with Choosy

    Riffing on my AppleScript to toggle an app between foreground and hidden, and inspired by Daniel Jalkut's script to toggle multiple Twitter apps, I wanted a way to do something similar with web browsers. I already have a great tool for intelligently detecting which browser I want to use: Choosy.…

  • Quick tip: AppleScript application toggle

    I use a lesser-known (and very old) program called Spark for defining most of the keyboard shortcuts on my system. I have a shortcut for every one of my most regularly-used applications, plus shortcuts for various AppleScripts, shell scripts, system functions, etc. I know there are more recent applications which do the same thing, but I've had everything set up in Spark for ages and it still works a treat. Seriously, if you want an application launcher, it's worth checking out (and free).…

  • Speaking of Notational Velocity, did you know...

    This is probably clearly documented somewhere, but it took me by surprise. If you have a full "attributed string" url in your clipboard (meaning you used ctrl-click "Copy Link") and you pop up Notational Velocity and hit the Command-Shift-V shortcut, it will actually download all of the text of the page the link leads to, title it and insert the original url at the beginning?…

  • GMail tip: super-mass editing messages

    I have a typical blogger's inbox, with about 80k messages just from this year. Running searches in GMail only lets you act on 20 messages at a time, so mass label changes, moves, or mark-as-read actions can take forever. I figured there had to be a better way, and there was.…

  • Make amazing coffee without the hassle

    I've really been enjoying my current coffee and tea setup, so I thought I'd share. There's an investment involved, but you can set it up for anywhere from about $50 to $200, plus the ongoing cost of coffee beans and tea. Here's the rundown.…

  • Compress PDFs with Preview

    It's probably old news to most, but I just realized this today. Since Leopard, OS X's multi-talented Preview.app can compress needlessly large PDF's in a matter of seconds. My clients (and today, my mother) often export PDF's from various programs that don't flatten or compress images, ending up with files between 8M and 90M, in my experience. Obviously, when you're building a website, you want to get filesize down as much as possible. I've always used Acrobat to shrink these, usually reducing…