If you've never heard of IFTTT, chances are you're not really bending the internet to your will -- but starting today, you won't even need a web browser to use the service, thanks to a free iPhone app.
Folders are a great place to store files and subfolders, but folders can also be smart about the content they’re storing. For instance, Dropbox can whisk files stored in its folder into the cloud — so why can't you do something like this with any folder? Well, as it turns out, you can, and all you need is a simple script cobbled together in OS X’s automation tool, called Automator. Continue reading, and we’ll show you how to use Folder Actions to turn regular folders into smart-ified folders with pizazz.
IFTTT is not only a programming acronym for “If this then that,” it is also an online service that allows you to create "recipes" that automate your various social networks to perform functions like sending your posted Instagram photos immediately to your Dropbox, or blogging the latest link you favorited on Tumblr. Read on to find out how to create your own automated "recipes" and get the most out of this free service.
Web applications have exploded onto the scene. From web-based word processors available online through services like Google Docs and Office 365, to full-fledged video games like Angry Birds made available in Google Chrome, there's plenty of evidence that the online world is expanding to more than just web browsing. But some users don't want to be stuck inside their browsers. For these people, Automator lets you easily create a fully customizable native application on your Mac based around your favorite web apps.
Despite advancements in social networks and instant messaging services, many still rely on good ‘ole fashioned email. On the Mac, people typically use Apple’s Mail app because of it’s simplicity and configurability. We’ll show you how to make your messages more manageable by creating Mail rules to flag and highlight important messages automatically.
Hazel is great for sorting through your files for you automatically, but it doesn’t provide much in the way of notifications to let you know it has done its job and that everything is working properly. However, with newer versions of Hazel, you can choose to “Send Growl Notification” as one of the options after an action is run.