Why the AirPods Make the Apple Watch More Useful

Though ordered over two months ago, my AirPods finally arrived last week, and I must say it was well worth the wait. I had read enough about the AirPods to know that they would definitely be  an improvement over my PowerBeats which were cumbersome to wear, and difficult to make a Bluetooth connection. The set was …

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Ask Mac Automator: Triggering Automations Remotely

  Love the site. Quick question for you: what is the best way to launch Keyboard Maestro and/or Automator macros remotely from your iPhone. I feel like Workflow/IFTTT have to make this a possibility besides the semi-solution of monitoring a dropbox folder with Hazel. Have you heard of Otto…now Entangler? It seems it can do …

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My Favorite Apps and Mac Automation Updates for 2016

I don’t get a new iPhone or Mac computer every year, but there’s hardly a month that goes by that I don’t check out a new Mac application, online service, or receive  feature upgrades for the Mac  automation programs I use a on a regular basis. In fact, another reason I write articles for this site is to recognize …

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2016 Year in Review And Top 10 Posts

This article ends the second year of MacAutomationTips (MAT).  While I didn’t accomplish all my goals for the site this year, I’m happy that the MAT gained over 400 new subscribers and a few thousand Twitter followers. I appreciate all the subscribers to my site, and I especially get excited when hearing from Mac users who …

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The Trackpad and String Triggers vs the MacBook Pro Touch Bar

I haven’t gotten my hands on the new the MacBook Pro, and though I would definitely like to replace my extremely slow 2011 MacBook Air with a faster notebook, I don’t think the MacBook Pro’s flagship feature, the Touch Bar would be highly useful in my workflow. It’s been quite a while since Apple did a significant upgrade …

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10 Useful Tap-Saving 3D Touch Apps You Should Use

With the release of iOS 10, many of the 3D Touch apps received some major improvements. If you own the iPhone 6s or above, you certainly should be taking advantage of the pressure sensitive screen technology that can save you several tabs when launching apps or connecting to features in apps. After I installed iOS 10, I realized that I …

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Typeeto: Easy Remote Typing on Your iOS Device

If you’re a hardcore Mac  and iOS user, you no doubt on occasion use a bluetooth keyboard to type on your iOS device. But using a bluetooth keyboard can sometimes be a tedious setup. Well thanks to Eltima Software, the remote keyboard connection is solved with Typeeto, which requires no bluetooth connections! By coincidence, I was struggling to connect my flat …

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Ask Mac Automator: Siri macOS vs Dragon Dictate

@macautotips Question: Is it possible the new Siri in macOs Sierra will be able to be used similar to DragonDictate? Thanks for what you do! — Tom Watson (@TomLWatson) September 10, 2016 Previously, I’ve compared Apple’s built voice-to-text features with Dragon Dictate, but with the recent inclusion of Siri on the Mac, my previous comparison needs …

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10 Automated Productivity Features and Hacks for Mac Users

The goal of Mac automation is to assist you in getting things done with less clicking, punching keyboard shortcuts, and performing redundant tasks—in other words, to help you be more productive. When it comes to Mac  productivity tools, features, and hacks, many beginning and intermediate Mac users may not realize the various smart automation features …

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16 Safari Shortcuts Triggered by Finger Gestures

The  other day I came across an article posted on the popular tech site, CNET, titled the “21 shortcuts for Safari you should know.” As you probably can guess, it includes the best keyboard shortcuts for controlling and managing features in Safari. Well, I have a challenge to this article. While shortcuts are great, who can actually reminder them all? …

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