Posts Tagged “utilities”

  • Vitag: batch Finder tagging from the command line

    Vitag is a quick script I wrote today that I think might be useful to others. I don't know how many people both live in Terminal and make use of Finder tags in OS X 10.9+, but if anyone does, this will make life easier.…

  • 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.…

  • 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...…

  • 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.…

  • 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.…

  • App Review: BTT Remote

    One of my all-time favorite utilities on the Mac is BetterTouchTool, an app that expands the capabilities of your trackpad, Magic Mouse and/or keyboard with a wide variety of configurable gestures and actions. Andreas Hegenberg has just released a companion iPhone app called BTT Remote ($1.99) that makes your iPhone part of the fun, too.…

  • 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.…

  • A word about Magic Launch and nvALT

    Here's a quick tip about two apps that I love: nvALT and Magic Launch. I'm not sure about the project status of Magic Launch, or how it will fare with Mountain Lion, but for now it's one very useful app. This is more of a multi-tip than a review, but take it as you will.…

  • 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.…

  • Quick Link: Terminal navigation utilities

    If you follow me on Twitter, you've probably seen me express my adoration for autojump, a command-line utility for navigating frequently-used folders. The only problem is that I deal with a lot of repetitive folder hierarchies for example, the multiple site structures in my web development folder. j css almost certainly isn't going to take me to the one I was thinking of.…

  • 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 System Service for to. url shortening

    I'm fascinated by http://to. It's a url shortener with no TLD. Some browsers, and apparently some DNS setups, don't like the urls it creates (they want a .com or .org or anything at the end), so it's not exactly in heavy usage. Still, I wish they had an API. In lieu of that, here's a quick Ruby script that will run on a stock OS X install as a System Service. It's so simple that I'm not even going to package it up... It'll be a good chance to show the steps for creating your own utilities using…