Archives for May 2012

Mac Productivity: Quick Scripts and Workflows – Implementing a Spoken Dictionary

A handy feature in Mac OS X is the ability to quickly and easily define words.  In most applications, just Control+click the desired word, and choose Look Up "TheSelectedWord" from the contextual menu to bring up the system-wide dictionary.  Even easier, if you've got a trackpad, just double-tap the word with three fingers to display its definition.  Automator lets you get even more creative.  You can expand these useful dictionary services with one that will read the definition to you.  Here's how you do it... [Read more on the Peachpit blog...]

Ticket Picker 1.0.2 Freeware Released

Recompiled to run in Mac OS X 10.7.x Lion and on Intel Macs.  Download it for free here...

Mail to FileMaker Importer 2.2.4 Released

Updated to fix an issue when opening a remote FileMaker 12 database. [More info or download a demo...]

Mac Productivity: Quick Scripts and Workflows – Creating Quick Notes

It's 9AM and your boss is on the phone.  She's rattling off important info you need for your 9:30AM conference call.  Quick!  You need somewhere to take notes.  Sure, you could use your email client - Mail and Outlbook both include note features.  Or, you could use on of the 50,000 note taking apps you've downloaded.  Better yet, why not use that handy Automator Service workflow you created?  You know, the one that automatically creates RTF notes into a Quick Notes folder, names them with the current date and time, and opens them in TextEdit so you can quickly begin typing?  You recall how easy it was to create.  Here's how you did it... [Read more on the Peachpit blog...]

Text Automator Action Pack Updated to 4.0.4

The Text Automator Action Pack has been updated to version 4.0.4. Changes include:

  • Find and Replace in Text Action - Updated to support finding/replacing certain unicode characters
  • Remove Duplicate Paragraphs From Text Action - Added an option to ignore empty paragraphs

This action pack extends the power of Automator with 30 actions for performing text manipulation functions in Mac OS X.

The new version is available in the Mac App Store.