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!
Occasionally, you may need to convert plain text files to PDF to more easily share them over the Internet or email. Sure, you could use the vast majority of applications with a rinting feature coupled with OS X’s ability to “Print to PDF,” but if you’re working in a command-line interface, there’s a simple way to do it, and we’ll show you how with two freely available tools: enscript and ghostscript.
Text editors. To some people, they can be as exciting as they sound, as in "not very." But for writers, editors, software developers, web-designers, bloggers, and anyone else who deals with large quantities of text or code, a great text editor is probably the most-used application on their Mac. FoldingText is a brand-new text editor from Hog Bay Software, maker of WriteRoom & TaskPaper.
Not all writing is created equal. Sometimes you're trying to pen War and Peace; other times you just need to jot down an appointment. Notebooks for iPad aims to deliver the best of both worlds, combining extensive document management and syncing with basic text-editing and task-scheduling features. It’s not perfect, but Notebooks hits a middle ground that will be especially appealing to writers who need to edit plain text and organize multiple files.
Whenever I copy text from a website and then paste it into an email or
another program, the text is formatted just like it was on the
website--large text, wrong font, unexpected line breaks, all that. How
can I strip all of that formatting and just keep the text that I copied?