10 Recommendations for Getting Started with Mac Automation

Many readers and subscribers of MacAutomationTips are Mac users that are already using Mac automation applications, and that’s super great. But I also want to reach out to Mac users who have not started using Mac automation in their daily workflow. For those of you who are not using applications like Keyboard Maestro, BetterTouchTool, Hazel, TextExpander, Dragon Dictate, PopClip, smart folders, and iClip, …

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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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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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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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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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Keyboard Maestro and Automator

MacSmart Webinar: Keyboard Maestro vs Automator

When it comes to Mac automation, the default OS X program, Automator, is nearly obsolete when compared to the third-party application, Keyboard Maestro. But if you’re new to Mac automation, and you want to increase your Mac  productivity, launching Automator and assembling a few workflows can be a useful way to prepare for the even …

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Ask Mac Automator: Activating and Launching Applications

I use Keyboard Maestro to launch my most used programs, like MS Word using hotkeys (like COMMAND OPTION W ). This launches the closed program and works great. But, like all open programs, eventually it gets covered with other programs that I have open. What I would like to do is to use the same …

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