Ask Mac Automator: My Recommended Task Manager?

Hi Bakari, I’m sold on Dragon Dictate.  I think I’m going to purchase it today.  I’m an American living in Sydney Australia so I don’t know ifI can still get deals through amazon. I’ve been looking around you site.  I wish I had found it years ago.  You use all the apps I own (and …

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7 Different Ways To Delete Items On Your Mac

One of the reasons I like Mac automation applications is that they provide more than one way to perform a task. Thus when it comes to deleting files and other items on my Mac, thankfully I’m not limited to punching the Delete key or dragging items to the trashcan. In this article I share several Mac automation features I use to delete items and …

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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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101 Dragon Dictate Voice Commands for Bossing Your Mac

Despite my issues with Dragon Dictate, the voice-to-text application  remains the only Mac  program for triggering powerful and time-saving voice commands on the Mac. As I explained before, Dragon Dictate outshines Apple’s voice commands features. And even when the upcoming Siri command features are released in the Sierra of OS X, it looks if as …

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Why and How to Go From a Mac User to Mac Automator

One of the primary goals of Mac Automation Tips is to turn general Mac users into Mac automators. I imagine  intermediate and advanced Mac users most likely use  applications like TextExpander, Alfred or Launchbar, Automator, or even Keyboard Maestro to speed up their workflow and reduce tedious or redundant tasks. But beginning and general Mac users may only use the default features …

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Ask Mac Automator: Keyboard Shortcuts or Finger Gestures?

You can close Safari tabs quicker with BetterTouchTool. Here’s more that it can do: https://t.co/T9FN6yLaDh pic.twitter.com/jCa2lPlDTz — Automate Your Mac (@macautotips) May 18, 2016 @macautotips Quicker than Command+W? I find that hard to believe. — Martin McCallion (@devilgate) May 19, 2016 It’s really great to get this question from one of my Twitter followers, because …

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How to Automate Tasks On Your iMac Monitor

A s a user of a 27″ iMac monitor, I find the extra screen space to be both a benefit and challenge. But by using powerful automation tools, I can get around many of the problems of dragging my cursor across the screen to trigger menu items, resize windows, or delete items on my desktop. The screenshot below demonstrates …

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Introducing the BetterTouchTool Finger Gesture Course

I’m a huge fan of the finger gesture application, BetterTouchTool, mainly  because it’s an application that helps reduce the need for typing keyboard shortcuts and clicking on menu items. I’ve written about BetterTouchTool (BTT) in several articles for this site. Some of the articles talk directly about how to use BTT, while other articles include …

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Ask Mac Automator: Butler or Alfred?

I’ve decided that it might be a good idea to post my responses to Ask Mac Automator questions I receive. I will only choose responses that might be useful to other Mac automators and/or that might be useful for discussion from other Mac automators. Some responses might not fully answer the question, but the response might shed some light on a particular …

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Snappy Screenshots vs Mac Screenshots

If you’re a blogger, graphic designer, or a content producer, you probably take more screenshots in a week than general computer users do all year. This is why Apple’s default image capture feature is no longer the smart time-saving solution for screenshot captures. Instead, I highly recommend  the more robust application, Snappy. Snappy is a free download in the Mac …

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