Automatically Create a Specific Folder Structure with Automator & Hazel

Here’s a handy 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”

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Mac OS X Services: Import Files into Evernote using AppleScript

An interesting method  to use Mac OS X Services to Import Files into Evernote by Nine Boxes. Of particular note here is the AppleScript used in the post, which could easily be hijacked to use in conjunction with Hazel to automate the addiction by dropping files into a watched folder.

1Keyboard: Type on your iPhone or iPad with yourMac

1Keyboard is a virtual bluetooth keyboard application for Mac OS X that allows you to wirelessly connect to Bluetooth enabled devices such as your iPhone, iPad and Apple TV. It does not require a wireless Bluetooth keyboard. Works great. It went from free to being a paid app since I tried it out. There’s a free demo that lasts for 2 days so you can give it a whirl.

Assign a Keyboard Shortcut to Move Messages to a Folder in Apple Mail

Here’s a great tip on how to assign a keyboard shortcut to move messages to a folder in Apple Mail. In short, you use the Applications Shortcuts found within System Preferences > Keyboard > Keyboard Shortcuts to assign a keyboard shortcut to a specific folder in Apple Mail. Similar to my tip on a global keyboard shortcut for creating a new email message in Apple Mail.

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Safari Keyword Search Extension

Safari Keyword Search is an extension for Safari that allows you to search specific sites from the address bar. As the extension’s author describes it: For example, you can search Wikipedia for information on monkeys by typing “w monkeys” in the address bar and hitting Return.

Some built-in search keywords:

  • a: amazon.com
  • d: duckduckgo.com
  • down: downforeveryoneorjustme.com
  • e: ebay.com
  • g: google.com
  • gl: google.com (“I’m feeling lucky”)
  • gm: maps.google.com
  • imdb: imdb.com
  • so: stackoverflow.com
  • w: en.wikipedia.org
  • wa: wolframalpha.com
  • y: youtube.com

There are other plugins that performa  similar function, but this is the only one I’ve found that is an actual Extension for Safari, and therefore shouldn’t affect the functionality of the browser.

Here’s an advanced multi-site-specific search that you can use with Safari Keyword Search.

Invoke PopClip Via Keyboard Using AppleScript, Automator and OS X Services

A tweet from the PopClip developer directed me to the PopClip User Guide to take advantage of a feature I’ve been wanting in the app for some time: the ability to invoke PopClip via the keyboard.

The method uses AppleScript and the code is super simple:

tell application "PopClip" to appear

The documentation suggests using a few third-party “launcher” utility apps, but I’ve discovered a way to do so with just OS X, using Automator and OS X Services. Here’s how I did it. Continue reading “Invoke PopClip Via Keyboard Using AppleScript, Automator and OS X Services”

Auto-Increment File Names in OS X with Hazel

For client artwork, I save a lot of versions of files. Enough so that I got tired of manually incrementing the file names when saving JPEGs from Photoshop and decided to see if Hazel could automate this for me. It wasn’t apparent how to do this at first, but the Hazel developer steered me in the right direction. Here’s how to do it.

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