Timing 2 Automatically Tracks How You Spend Your Time

One of the keys to being productive is naturally knowing how you spend your time. If much of your work and time is done on your Mac, Timing 2 is one of the best ways to keep track of the time you’re working in specific applications, websites, documents, and even tasks you do beyond your …

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How to Show Open Tabs Using BetterTouchTool

 Mate Kele asked in a comment: “Can someone tell me how can I add a gesture for safari show all tabs with better touch tool?” This is a great question about BetterTouchTool (BTT), because the answer to the question illustrates how I create dozens of BTT actions for menu bar items for all my most used applications. …

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Outlinely and OutlineEdit Make For Better Outlining On the Mac

One of the ways to be most productive with a project, such as writing book or manual, designing a course, preparing a presentation, or simply creating step-by-step instructions is to start with an outline. Up until recently, OmniOutline was the application I used for outlining projects, but I often found the program a little heavy …

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Why You Need to Use Snappy or ScreenFloat

Two Mac screenshot applications that can increase your productivity with floating shots.

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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remote automation apps

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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BetterTouchTool and Keyboard Maestro

Ask Mac Automator: BetterTouchTool vs Keyboard Maestro

@macautotips do you see any benefit to using string triggers in BTT versus @keyboardmaestro ? — Shawn Myers RN MBA (@ShawnMyersRN) January 1, 2017 This is a great question, and quite easy to answer. But I want to elaborate on it some. In a Nutshell For those who are familiar with BetterTouchTool and Keyboard Maestro, here’s …

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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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