Poll: What Do You Primarily Use Mac Automation for?

As I develop this Mac Automation Tips blog, it will be helpful to know for what purpose my readers use Mac automation tools. I primarily use automation tools for writing and blogging, including articles, videos, and other daily tasks. Because my blogging work is  focused on repeatedly using similar terms and phrases, and performing similar  computer actions on a daily …

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How to Activate Keyboard Shortcuts in TextExpander 5 While Typing

The existing and new keyboard shortcuts for TextExpander 5 allow you to create, edit, and search snippets using keyboard shortcuts. But with Keyboard Maestro, you can actually keep your hands on the keys and activate the shortcuts while typing using simple string triggers. TextExpander Shortcuts TextExpander 5 has several new features that are explained on its …

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6 Time Saving Mac Automation Tools for Bloggers

The work of writing and producing blog posts consists of numerous and repetitive computer tasks that you might not realize can be automated on your Mac. There are several Mac applications you can use to reduce the amount of mouse clicking, manual launching of applications and windows,  and the work of keeping your desktop and other Finder folders …

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How to Automate Taking SnappyApp or Tiny Screenshots for Better Productivity

If you’re a content producer (blogger, web designer, writer, etc.), you owe it to yourself to use the nifty screenshot application, SnappyApp (Free) and/or Tiny for Mac. SnappyApp What makes SnappyApp different is that it automatically opens a screenshot when you take it, so you can view it for references purposes, and/or save it as an image …

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How to Automate Mac Tasks While Typing

Keyboard Maestro provides over a dozen ways to trigger a macro (automation). One of my favorites is the string trigger option, because it actually enables you to trigger an action as you type, without having to lift your fingers to type a keyboard shortcut. A string trigger consists of typing two or more keyboard letters assigned …

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HistoryHound: the Automatic Bookmarking Mac Application Every Writer Should Own

HistoryHound is among the ten applications I keep opened in my Dock, because I know that it’s always working in the background to index every webpage I visit. I don’t view HistoryHound everyday, but it has saved me lots of time and frustration in searching webpages I’ve previously visited. And when I’m conducting web searches for a …

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Get the Mac OS X Version Number From Within Any Application

When you need the version number of the current Mac operating system, Keyboard Maestro can display it, save it to the clipboard, or directly paste it an application for you, so you don’t have to click on Apple > About This Mac to get it. 1. To create this macro, use the Execute AppleScript action. Copy and paste …

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Keyboard Maestro Tutorial: How to Create a Time and Day Macro

Keyboard Maestro is among the top three programs I recommend for getting started with Mac automation and automating nearly any task on your computer. This article is written for those who are new to the application. If you haven’t already downloaded it, I encourage you to do so, and then work through the following tutorials to …

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13 Sample Click-Saving Multi-touch Finger Gesture Actions Using BetterTouchTool for Mac

The multi-touch finger gesture application, BetterTouchTool application has over a hundred built-in actions for navigating tasks on your Mac. Unlike Apple’s multi gesture features, BTT allows you to choose from dozens of finger gestures, including single, two, three, four, and five-finger touch pad gestures that you can assign to actions. You can assign gestures globally or to single applications. The following …

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Seven Other BTT Features for Making Finger Gesture Actions More Powerful

This week’s focus on Mac Automation Tips is about using the power of multi-touch finger gesture actions in BetterTouchTool  (Free). If you’re new to program, there’s several features you might not yet be aware of. BTT is such a powerful trackpad and Magic Mouse program that it should remain in your dock, because once you know how to …

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