Add Entries to Day One via Text File

I use this setup to automate the addition of new entries in Day One by saving text files via Drafts to Dropbox. You lose the location and weather info, but those can be manually added. The Mac app doesn’t even support them yet anyways. Continue reading “Add Entries to Day One via Text File”

Append Text File With Hazel, Automator & Shell Scripts

I love the Drafts app for the iPhone, and I love automating stuff. The downside to using Drafts is that the workflows I’ve set up aren’t possible with any software on the Mac. I cobbled together some methods to achieve at least the one most common task I have, appending info to a master plain-text log file on Dropbox. Here’s how I did it.

[UPDATE 2017-12-30: here’s the companion article on prepending text files]

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Automatically Create a Specific Folder Structure with Automator & Hazel

Here’s a method using Automator and Hazel to automatically create a specific folder structure within a folder. I use this for client projects, since they are always the same. With this setup, I just add a new folder to my “Clients” folder, and all the standard sub-folders I need added are auto-created by Hazel, via Automator.  Continue reading “Automatically Create a Specific Folder Structure with Automator & Hazel”

Advanced Tips for Drafts App

Often advanced features in my favorite apps are tough to explain because they are so open to customization. Examples usually help. Here are some handy Drafts tips I’ve either discovered or created that might give you some idea on how to take advantage of Dropbox actions, URL Actions, and email actions.

– Use date stamps to create a scratchpad text dump file

– Log your tweets

– Log your Google searches

– Log everything!

– Use IFTTT and email action to subscribe in Google Reader

– Use date stamps for an auto-created monthly journal text file

– Use bookmarklets to log webpages or send to Reminders Continue reading “Advanced Tips for Drafts App”

Drafts URL Action: Search Netflix Instant

Simple URL Action for Drafts to use your text to search on Netflix Instant. Visit this page on your iPhone/iPad and click the following link to install in Drafts: Drafts URL Action: Search Netflix Instant

Seems WordPress.com strips out the part of the URL that allows importing Actions via a simple click to work, so you’ll have to copy and paste the following and add it to a URL Action in Drafts yourself, unless I can find a fix:

http://movies.netflix.com/WiSearch?raw_query=movie&ac_category_type=none&ac_rel_posn=-1&ac_abs_posn=-1&v1=[[draft]]]&search_submit=

Switching Email to IMAP? Make Sure Other Devices Aren’t Deleting Your Inbox

If you are switching an email account from POP to IMAP, make an inventory of all the other computers, gadgets and devices that may be accessing your email via POP. All of them — iPhone, Androids, iPads, Mac, PC, every last one. At the least, they will mark all your Inbox items as read when checking for new mail. At worst, they will delete the messages from the server. Which will drive you insane if you’re not aware of what’s happening. Continue reading “Switching Email to IMAP? Make Sure Other Devices Aren’t Deleting Your Inbox”

Hazel: Basic Sync

Over on the Noodlesoft Forums for Mac OS X automation utility Hazel, I found this basic sync recipe for setting up a folder sync. Sometimes it’s easier to get going with Hazel when you see an example.

This one was created by the developer, so you know it’s correct. I was looking to set up a sync for my personal art projects, where anything created in the last 6 months was synced to Dropbox for easy access on multiple devices. Works great.