Automator is an incredibly handy automation assistant for OS X. Instead of writing lines of code as in AppleScript, Automator allows you to string together preset actions through an easy to use drag-and-drop interface. The result is no-brainer automation on the fly.
This tutorial will cover a number of basic Automator features including how to work with application-specific actions, creating variables, embedding AppleScripts, and recording custom actions. Let’s get going!
Thank you to everyone who entered last week’s competition to win a copy of VoodooPad or Pathfinder. They’re both great applications in their respective fields, and I’m pleased to announce that the winners have been chosen!
The two lucky VoodooPad winners are:
- Wes Crockett
- Francisco Queiroga
And the ten recipients of a Pathfinder license are:
- Bruno Moniz
- Ramon Barrios Lascar
- George Calderon
- Il maistro
- David F
- Lucas Dohmen
I’m always thrilled to see Mac software being used for a charitable goal. A recent email from Jim Whimpey drew my attention to his Mac software raffle, with all proceeds going towards the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. JDRF is one of the biggest organizations around committed to fighting type 1 diabetes.
Every $10 you donate to Jim’s Ride to Cure Diabetes between September 1st and 14th will get you a chance to win one of two great Mac software bundles.
If you’d like to be in with a chance of winning, and do something for a great cause, head over and donate your $10!
Anyone who owns a few domain names will appreciate that it can be somewhat of a pain to keep track of them all. You may have purchased them from a few different providers, some may auto-renew, some may come with hosting, some may be for other colleagues or friends. It can quickly get confusing.
Master of My Domain (MOMD) is an application designed to simplify the management of several domain names. You can keep track of when they expire, analyse where they are hosted (and where they point to), check whether your sites are running correctly, and easily monitor uptime.
This review will take a look at the different features of MOMD, and decide whether the application is worth purchasing (or whether you’d be fine with a simple spreadsheet!)
Ember is a new web application, recently launched to complement the excellent LittleSnapper. I’m thrilled to let you know that our sister site, Web.AppStorm, has announced a great competition to win two copies of LittleSnapper and five Ember Pro licenses.
It’s a great chance to get your hands on a solid inspiration-gathering system, and entering is simple. Just read through the competition announcement at Web.AppStorm for all the details.
Thank you for all your comments regarding the MacTastik strip. It seems that, although a few of you aren’t big fans, the majority of our readers enjoy the quick laugh the comic brings each week. It will be continuing for the foreseeable future, and if you have any suggestions, comments or questions, please feel free to email me.
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If you’re a website designer, developer or blogger, the ability to test websites locally can be remarkably useful. It could serve as a testing environment before uploading a new page to your website, or provide a way to work on a website project without an internet connection.
Although OS X comes bundled with a basic web server installed, a more user-friendly solution is available in the form of MAMP. Today we’ll be walking you through the process of setting up a local server with MAMP and outlining the difference between the basic and pro versions.
Sending invoices is a vital task if you ever expect to make any money as a contractor or freelancer. Fortunately, numerous applications on OS X can turn this mundane task into a streamlined and efficient process – often also creating great looking invoices.
Today we’ll be taking a look at 7 examples of invoicing software for the Mac, ranging from very simple tools such as Involer through to a more complicated all-in-one packages. Most applications come with a small cost, but we’re also highlighting a free alternative if you’re a little strapped for cash.
We have recently reviewed VoodooPad – a place to dump all your information, no matter how obscure. The application is elastic, and can stretch to meet your needs, and shrink accordingly.
Pathfinder featured in our roundup of Finder alternatives, coming out as the most powerful and full-featured of those on offer.
Entering is simple. All you need to do is:
- Post a link to this competition – either on your website, or via Twitter
- Leave a comment, letting me know where you posted the link!
The competition will run for one week, and we’ll randomly select three winners on Wednesday 9th September. Good luck!
There are some cases where certain files open in applications not well suited for the current task at hand.
Personally, this happens to me when I create JPGs in Photoshop. Mac OS X naturally wants to open it up in Photoshop. Surely Photoshop can open it (it did create it after all), but for preview purposes it can be a slow process. Opening the file in Preview, on the other hand, can offer a much quicker solution.
Enter DefaultApp, a preference pane that makes system wide default app changes. You no longer have to set the preferred application for each individual file you create. Just set it up once, and forget about ever setting it up. It’s that simple.