So Google dropped two items, two pricey items, out into the public sphere recently. Only one of which is for sale for anyone, while the other is still in test mode. Meanwhile we've got some serious review love this week. So if you want our take on the email app du jour and more, you've come to the right place.
If you’re not lucky enough to have a fancy NAS set up or a Time Capsule to back up your Mac with, then you need to rely on good ol' fashioned external drives for the arduous task of backing up to Time Machine. Unfortunately, this method isn’t the best because it relies on physically plugging in a drive to conduct a backup and -- let’s face it -- we sometimes forget to do that. Fortunately, with iCal and an AppleScript, you can set timed reminders to remind you to do so.
Every Monday, we'll show you how to do something new and simple with Apple's built-in command line application. You don't need any fancy software, or a knowledge of coding to do any of these. All you need is a keyboard to type 'em out!
We’ve covered running AppleScripts in the past, but we've taught you about running these scripts from within the AppleScript editor. While that is the ideal place to test those scripts, it’s not the best way to run them. That’s where this Terminal 101 tip comes in: you can also run almost any AppleScript from within the Terminal. Read on to find out how.
We’ve covered writing basic AppleScripts in the past, but if you’re writing an AppleScript that requires administrator privileges to run properly, the script may not function correctly without a username and password present. In this post, we’ll show you how to correctly format your AppleScripts that require authentication.
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.
From Automator to AppleScript, the Mac has a lot of great automation tools built right in; however, these tools can sometimes be a little intimidating for novice users. Hazel is a system preference pane that remedies this by giving users some powerful sorting tools, but with a super-simple rules-based interface for configuring file-sorting options on their Mac.
Hazel works by monitoring a specific folder for files that match rules that are specified by the user. When a file appears in that folder matching the rule, you can specify an action. Actions can be as simplistic as notifying you via Growl, or as complex as taking the file and adding it to Evernote and beyond. We’ve compiled 7 awesome Hazel file-sorting rules that you won’t be able to live without.
Computers were designed to do repetitive tasks efficiently and consistently, so why then are we still sitting around and renaming files on our computer by hand? Why are we still relying on our memory to remind us of our friend’s birthdays? There’s got to be a better way, and there is with Automator and AppleScript. Not only can you rename files, but you can also augment your mind by having your computer remind you of events when you start up your machine.
True Mac wizards keep their hands on the keys, and Apptivate can help, letting you assign hotkeys to open an application, file, folder, Automator script -- anything executable or openable. The menu bar app even blocks you if you're trying to use an established system-wide shortcut, like Command-C.
One of the little-known features of iCal is the ability to schedule future alarms along with an AppleScript action. AppleScript is Apple’s consumer-based programming language that allows you to write simple scripts that will automate repetitive tasks on your Mac. AppleScript lets you do simple things from opening applications and favorite websites to more advance tasks that can even change the behavior of your Mac.