Archive for 'Workflows'

New Email with Attachments in Mountain Lion

In this article I will show you how to create a keyboard shortcut that will enable you to automate the process of creating a new email with the selected file(s) as an attachment. In the prior version of OS X (10.7) Lion there was a useful service that performed this function. Unfortunately Apple removed this in OS X (10.8) Mountain Lion. I will show you how you can recreate it using Automator.

Automator is an application that ships with OS X that enables ...

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Clever things with Mountain Lion Proxy Icons

In Mountain Lion the Proxy Icon (the tiny icon that appears in the title bar of most windows) has gained some new polish for applications that support Auto Save. You can use Proxy Icons to rename, move, duplicate and revert to a previous version of your document. Proxy Icons can also be used to copy and move Folders as well as creating shortcuts for emails on your desktop.

Apple’s iWork applications (Pages, Numbers and Keynote), as well as certain 3rd Party ...

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Keyboard Shortcuts for Mac OS X Open & Save Dialog

File Save Dialog

 

Rather than use the mouse to browse to a location to open or save a particular file, try to learn these handy keyboard shortcuts instead to save time and make you more productive when opening or saving a file.

Spacebar – View the selected item in Quick Look

+D – changes focus to your Desktop

+Shift+A – Changes focus to your Applications directory

+Shift+H – changes focus to your Home directory

+Shift+N – Creates a ...

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Mountain Lion Dictation Ideas

With the latest release of Mac OS X, 10.8 Mountain Lion you can now dictate short pieces of text. Anywhere you can enter text on your Mac, you can now dictate it. In this article I will show you how to enable dictation in Mountain Lion and show some ways in which I think it can be useful and hopefully enable you to be more productive.

Enable Dictation

By default Dictation is turned off, so you first have to enable it. You ...

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1Password Keyboard Shortcuts and Bookmarks

1Password from Agilebits is a password, form-filling and identity manager that fully integrates with your browser.

In the video above I take a look at :

1. Why you might need a password manager like 1Password.

2. A quick overview of the key features of 1Password and how the Password Manager works in 1Password.

3. How to use the 1Password Keyboard shortcuts and Safari Bookmarks.

The key 1Password Keyboard shortcuts are;

Fill Login

⌘\  {Command + Backslash}

Automatically logs you in to the website that ...

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Switching to the Mac from Windows

Congratulations if you have bought, or about to buy your first Mac. This article sets out some great resources to make the transition from Windows to Mac as easy and seamless as possible. It will generally take most people about a week to get used to the Mac Operating System (OS). At the time of writing this article the present release of the Mac OS is 10.8 Mountain Lion.

Step 1 – Prepare for the arrival of your new Mac.

Decide what you ...

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Mountain Lion – Change default file save location from iCloud to Local

Overview

The purpose of this article is to explain how to change the default file save location in iCloud supported Apps from iCloud to local folders in Mountain Lion.

One of Mountain Lion’s new features is the ability to save files from supported applications to Apple’s iCloud servers,  and then synced to other Macs and iOS devices that use the same iCloud ID. At the moment only a few applications support iCloud document synchronisation, but these will grow as more 3rd Party developers ...

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Folders to put your favourite iOS Apps at your fingertips

If you have built up a collection of iOS Apps that spread over a number of screens, it can be a chore to navigate to a particular screen to run your favourite App. The iOS folders feature enables you to create a folder with up to 12 ( iPhone) or 20 (iPad) Apps. What many people may not know is you can replace the Apps in your dock (which remains static as you swipe screens) with one or more of these folders. ...

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Enable ‘Find my iPhone’ to help you find lost / stolen devices

Find My iPhone

This week I used the ‘Find my iPhone’ iCloud /iOS service to locate and recover my iPad from a busy shopping centre in Bristol. I guess I should briefly explain why I needed to use the ‘Find my iPhone’ service. I had dropped my Kids off to school, I needed to visit a store at Cabot’s circus, a shopping centre in the centre of Bristol, close to my kid’s ...

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