"This Tag That Tag v3.0 is now a consolidated applet that previously had been a collection of four separate scripts. It will assist with copying text between tags for each selected track or track in a selected playlist."
This script opens up a lot of possibilities for exporting tasks out of OmniFocus to a lot of other apps. In my case this app is MindNode.
The script above was originally written by RobTrew and modified by Shotster and me. Shotster added string replacements and added some mandatory entities to it. I added more entities to make it work with German, and hopefully, other languages as well.
Run the script and it takes selected OmniFocus tasks and writes them as OPML to disk.
Open the OPML in your desired app. (MindNode, Scrivener…)
MindNode, my favorite mind mapping app for every Apple platform, just went online with a beautiful new website and two (also beautiful) screencasts. Not just the website and the screencasts are new, Markus, the developer of MindNode, made the jump from solo-dev to company (IdeasOnCanvas).
My congratulations for this big launch, Markus!
I’m glad to be working with these guys. Quality and elegance are their top goal, which I can identify with. I feel quite fortunate to work with somebody who’s thinking the same way.
"Pacifist is a shareware application that opens Mac OS X .pkg package files, .dmg disk images, and .zip, .tar, .tar.gz, .tar.bz2, and .xar archives and allows you to extract individual files and folders out of them."
This tool is around since the early, I mean very early, days of OS X. It allows you to pop in your OS X installation disc and install files you accidentally deleted. (Fonts for instance because you were trying to save disk space …)
New in Pacifist 3 is the support for OS X Lion’s installer packages.
You may also want to give this a nice icon. I recommend using Steam’s app icon directly. Go into its application package and look in Resources. There is a file named steam.icns. Open it with Preview and drag the 128x128 version to Finder and then to Alfred.
While others are trying to take over the desktop market with their DJ apps, others intentionally are avoiding that market and focus on new markets, e.g. iOS. Red Bull DPM DJ looks very promising, unfortunately it uses In-App Purchases to “unlock” features, so for this free app you practically get nothing, but can unlock more effects and/or access to your music library by paying money.
"AMPPS is an easy to install software stack of Apache, Mysql, PHP, Perl, Python and Softaculous auto-installer that can be used on Desktops and office servers. AMPPS enables you to focus more on using applications rather than maintaining them. With AMPPS you can create a website by installing any of the 260 Apps, customizing it, and then simply publishing it on the internet via a wide choice of hosting service providers. "
"It’s still beta, but the Dropbox camera sync is very convenient. Whenever I physically connect my iPhone, all of the new photos and videos are downloaded into Dropbox. While it’s not wireless syncing it is a big step forward. Get the forum build 1.3.6 to enable the feature.”
Disconnect your phone if it’s connected, reconnect, and you get a dialog asking whether you want to import photos automatically. Works wonderfully. I just wish they wouldn’t put all photos in one folder though.
Thanks to our exclusive monthly sponsor: NeoFinder
My thanks go to NeoFinder 6 for sponsoring Mac OS X Screencasts this month. If you have missed NeoFinder:
[NeoFinder is a] disk and data library cataloger (digital asset manager) for Mac OS X.
NeoFinder (formerly known as CDFinder) rapidly catalogs your entire disk and media library, and backup archive.
NeoFinder keeps track of your documents, photos, songs, movies, and folders wherever they are stored.
NeoFinder is your digital treasure chest!
"MIDI Merlin extends the capabilities of live performed monophonic instruments with the assistance Audio-to-MIDI conversion and the wireless control interface of the Nintendo Wii remote. It is a versatile tool for acoustic or electronic sources with many possible applications in the realm of audio/MIDI. In one configuration, it can be a creative tool for interacting with hardware and software MIDI devices. In another configuration, it can be utilized as an application for ear-training and improving relative pitch acuity. In another configuration, it can be a real-time audio to MIDI converter for use in live performance scenarios."
NOTICE: The Quartz Filter Action used in this workflow crashes Automator, and Workflowrunner, in OS X Lion (10.7.3). A bug report has been sent to Apple. If you’re on a later version of the OS, this might be fixed. If you’re on OS X 10.7.3 use with caution!
NOTICE 2: The issue has been fixed in OS X 10.7.4.
Many OS X users don’t think they have a use for Automator, because they don’t know exactly what to do with it. They aren’t “inspired” by its “intuitive” user interface and therefore shy away quickly rather than tinker with it for a bit.
Automator is really handy once you get the hang of it. (As shown on Mac OS X Screencasts: What Automator can do for you and Template Folder Maker).
Automator can also reduce the size of PDF files quickly and easily. No need to spend money extra tools.
Open up Automator.
Choose to create a Workflow (a Service would allow you to right click a file and get easy access to PDF shrinking).
Add the action Get Specified Finder Items.
Drop the PDF’s that should be shrunk in there.
Add the action Apply Quartz Filter to PDF Documents. You’ll be asked to add a Copy Finder Items action as well. Choose Add if you want to make copies before applying the Quartz Filter, thus keeping the original documents for backup.
Depending on whether you’re building a Service or not, you may want to click Options under Quartz Filter and Compress Images and enable “Show this action when the workflow runs”. This makes a dialog pop up when you run the service, allowing you to change settings. (This can come in very handy!) Please remove the “Get Specified Finder Items” action, you only need this for testing purposes. (Leave it in there if you’re building a workflow)
This workflow is now complete. Just save it and whenever you need to shrink a PDF drop it in Get Specified Finder Items and click Run. Make sure to adjust the settings for Quartz Filter (for scanned images maybe Black & White?) and Compress Images (JPEG, medium quality).
You can also download this action (as workflow!) right here.
To rename an action, right click on the top and choose Rename. ↩
Originally posted on Mac OS X Hints, this looks like gold for Apple Scripters. The main point of this script is to run an AppleScript that tells you the names of the different elements of an app.
"Pointing the code at ‘System Preferences’ with the ‘Desktop & Screens Saver’ pane open will return[…] this line describing the slider which controls the delay before the screen saver activates:"
slider 1 of group 1 of tab group 1 of window "Desktop & Screen Saver" of application process "System Preferences" of application "System Events"
Commenters have tried to improve the script further and also mention a script by Nigel Garvey over at Mac Scripter, who kindly provides an “improved” version of the script listing running applications.
I’m looking for someone to help me with screencast production. If you are searching for a job as video editor this might be for you.
I appreciate every like or reblog. Thanks.
For a few projects in 2012 I‘m looking for helping hands.
In short; I make videos for apps and games.
I could use support in the production process this year. Your job would, in large part, be to edit and combine sequences that have been pre-edited. In the long run it might be possible that you would be responsible for the entire editing.
A feature that I sometimes forget when researching a topic is that Scrivener is able to edit files externally. This allows you to import any PDF, image, or text files into your Binder and edit them in another application.
Just right click its icon in the Binder and choose Open → in External Editor and Scrivener will open that file in the editor specified in Finder’s Info box1. The good thing is that “these files will be stored in your project, turning it into a hub for all your file types.” (Scrivener Manual, p. 16)
Unfortunately this feature doesn’t work for text documents created within Scrivener. Otherwise our Markdown dreams were entirely fulfilled. (There are certain problems involved, because Scrivener edits rich text, whereas Markdown files are generally plain text. Text conversion is a huge problem for Scrivener. Literature and Latte has put a lot of work getting External Folder Sync working2. Guess we just have to wait a little longer.)
Edit one PDF in Adobe, the other in Preview or Skim ↩
Chapter 13, “Cloud Integration and Sharing”, of the Scrivener Manual by the way. ↩