Every Monday (or in this case, Tuesday), 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!
While using Terminal, you may discover that you constantly run a string of commands so often, it's ridiculous that you have to type them in at all. Well, just as you can create shortcuts to applications and automate actions in OS X, you can also do so for Terminal commands that are in constant rotation. These are called aliases, and you can set them up to run temporarily or permanently through your Mac’s command line interface.
You might be wondering: "What can a hotspot do for me?" Wonders, actually. It can turn your phone into a nifty little portable Mi-Fi so that you can hook up your iPad, MacBook, or other neighboring iOS devices to it to get on the internet via your phone's wireless connection. Sure, it'll be slower than Wi-Fi, and you'll need to have an unlimited data plan lest you get charged an arm and a leg, but it's a great way to really turn your iPhone into the supercharged mini computer that it really is. Read on and we'll show you how to do it.
The new Notification Center feature in Mountain Lion is a helpful feature for some users, but it can cause a serious headache if you don't use it. If Notification Center is bugging you, you can disable it with a Terminal command. Continue reading and we’ll show you how.
iTunes Sharing enables you to easily share your iTunes media library with up to five computers. It's simple to set up, and once you do so you can push music to any compatible device within your network. Read on to learn how.
A wise man once sang that time keeps on slippin’ (slippin’, slippin’) into the future. But when you’re at work, it’s crucial to not let time, or expenses, slip through the cracks. OfficeTime is a robust time and expense tracker that scales from a single person to a small business. It’s great for tracking billable hours, creating invoices, and generating quick expense reports, and it syncs seamlessly between your Mac (or PC), iPhone, and iPad over the local network.
Made a movie on your Mac? Aching to get it seen by your friends and family? There a a few ways to get your film out there and seen by the masses, including publishing it to various video hosting sites like YouTube and Vimeo, or compressing it to share on social networking sites like Facebook. Read on to find out how.
Of all the hundreds of ways of organizing information, a flexible, smartly linked wiki is one of the most modern, useful, and efficient. VoodooPad lets you easily whip up personal wiki pages including text, images, and more. If a word or phrase on a page needs further explanation, select it and click the Link button, and VoodooPad creates a whole new page for you to expand on it. Once you’ve created a page, any time you type the associated word or phrase, VoodooPad automatically links it to its page. Pages can have aliases, too--secondary words that link to the same place. For example, if you have a page about Apple, you can create an alias for AAPL (Apple’s stock market ticker code), and then every mention of that AAPL will also link to your Apple page.
If you're a fan of desktop clients for Twitter, it's likely you're a fan of Tweetbot. Whether it's on your iOS device or your desktop, Tweetbot is one clean piece of software. Unfortunately, Twitter's latest wave of API changes has made it so that Tapbots, the engineers behind Tweetbot, can no longer support the alpha version of the app that was available to us until just a few days ago. Tapbots says they'll once again release Tweetbot for Mac sometime in the near future, but if you're just now looking for a Twitter client, or your Tweetbot Alpha no longer works, here are a few alternatives. They may not quite fill the void, but until Tweetbot is re-released, they'll work pretty well.
A text editor is not a word processor--the role of TextWrangler is to slice and dice words and spaces (and code) with great power and flexibility, not to produce finished, gussied-up documents. And none of the new features in version 4.0 makes TextWrangler any more suitable for designing cute party invites.