Oct 02

In my previous posts I have lead you through how to make an AppleScript that can use to open a particular website URL in a particular browser. You can drag these Apple scripts to your dock to instantly access any URL from your dock. Obviously the next step is you will want to give these AppleScripts their own icon so that you can identify them from the dock easily. This is really easy to do in OS X.

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Oct 02

One click on this icon in my dock and Google calendar opens in Firefox from my Dubbo.org G-mail account. This script has chosen the browser and the website and the account that I want to be logged into when I visit the website. This article below describes how to write the script to open a URL in a specified browser. To auto-login as a user see here. To customise the icon see here.

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Sep 26

From Mojave onwards it’s no longer possible to get the 1 Password app to automatically entering your passwords into a webpage. Previously there was a keypress that would automatically fill a web form and enter your password and then press the submit button.

According to the one password forum this was disabled by Apple:

This is a limitation that’s being imposed by Apple in Mojave — though to be clear, it’s one we don’t disagree with. Auto-submit was always a sort of tacked-on feature. Auto-FILL should still work as it always has (in fact, it should be better than ever), but in order to accomplish auto-submit in previous versions, we had to use a small script that simulated the actual pressing of the Enter key. Apple – quite rightly, in my view – pointed out that this is the identical mechanism used by some malware to install itself — it can’t actually press return on your computer for you, so it simulates that action with a small script.

Strangely, even though 1Password is not allowed to press the ‘Return’ Key, Keyboard Maestro is still allowed to. A workaround I have found is to use a keyboard maestro script to execute 1Password and then press the Return key for you. I have written a script that calls up 1 Password and then simulates pressing the key for you. I have mapped this to a function key so now I can have a one press solution to bring back the old functionality of 1 Password prior to Mojave.

Here’s what the script looks like in Keyboard Maestro.

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Sep 26

I’ve recently discovered some great new Church management software called Fluro. It’s the most creative software I’ve used for ages. I’m spending so much time learning how to use it I haven’t had time for a proper article about but I’ve decided to so some short podcast episodes talking about some of the features.

You can listen to the podcast here. There’s a facebook group here. Fluro’s official page is fluro.io

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Sep 20

I have four different Google accounts and quite often I find myself in a browser in the wrong account. For example I might be trying to edit my church calendar, which resides in my work Google account, but because I have just been reading my personal mail in Gmail, I am logged into that Google account. In the Chrome browser you can switch accounts by going to the top right and selecting a different account but it’s clunky.

This article below describes how to automatically login to a certain account when you open a URL in a browser. To automate this with a script see here.

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Sep 16

I’m not sure why – I must’ve changed a setting somewhere – but recently whenever I click ‘send an email’ in OS X it opens up a Chrome browser window and tries to send a new email through Gmail.

I wanted to send email with the old fashioned OS X Mail app. I went searching through the Apple ‘System Preferences’ and could not find a setting anywhere to set the default email client. Even if you search for ‘Mail’ in the System Preferences nothing comes up. That’s because the default app for opening email is set from within the mail app itself.

To set the default application that automatically launches when you open a new email, you have to open the OS X built-in mail app, go to preferences, and then select the app you want to use.

You set the OS X default email application from within the preferences of the mail app itself.

This is actually the way it works across all of OS X, although it is a little inconsistent.

So to set the default calendar application it’s the same. You go into the calendar application and from there you can choose any default calendar application.

Setting the default browser is slightly different. You cannot do it from Safari. You need to go into the browser that you would like to use, for example Chrome or Firefox, then select preferences, then select ‘ make this the default browser’.

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Sep 15

The latest iMovie has a minor bug in it. The upload to Vimeo button may not work. The way to fix this is to choose ‘Share:File…’ instead of ‘Share:Vimeo…’ from the File Menu.

Save your movie as a file.

LargeThen upload your movie to Vimeo using the Vimeo website.

This option to upload directly to video from iMovie does not work in the latest iMovie. Instead, choose ‘File…’ to save the video then upload it to Vimeo manually.

The problem seems to be that iMovie tries to upload the movie as a .mov file but Vimeo wants an mp4 file.

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Sep 08

I recently purchased a new Mac mini and it does not have a FireWire or Thunderbolt port. You will also have the same problem if you have purchased a very recent model MacBook Pro or iMac. The problem is I have quite a nice 3CCD Panasonic video camera that has a FireWire port on it. I need a Firewire to USB-C adapter but Apple don’t make one. They are changing ports faster than they can make new adapters.

Thankfully, as I found out today, you can plug your FireWire cable into a ‘FireWire to thunderbolt’ adapter and then you can plug this adapter into a ‘Thunderbolt to USB- C’ adapter. IT looks a mess but it works.

On the left you can see a USB-C to Thunderbolt adapter, in the middle is my Thunderbolt to Firewire adapter, and on the right is the FireWire lead going to my digital video camera.

It may not be pretty, but the signal gets through. My computer was able to control the video camera and the video was able to import into QuickTime.

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