Mar 26

Notational Velocity is my favourite note taking app for little bits of information you’d like to save anywhere then be able to recall later.

Notational Velocity sync broke in October 2018 when the sync engine they relied on (Simplenote) changed the domain of their notes server. Over at GitHub there’s been a fix, but it hasn’t been distributed yet.

In the meantime, if you love Notational Velocity and can’t live without it, you can use NVAlt which is basically the same program but it’s been updated so not as to have the problem. It even uses exactly the same database.

You can download NVAlt from here: https://brettterpstra.com/projects/nvalt/

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Feb 11

Every now and then I stumble across a life changing app that completely changes the way I interact with my computer. Quicksilver. Devonthink Pro. Jumpcut. Keyboard Maestro. 1Password. Dropbox. Hazel. These are Apps that I cannot do without! In my 20 years of being a mac user there has been a handful of such apps that are mandatory to install on any new computer that I use. I’ve just discovered a new app to add to the collection – Unclutter…

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Oct 27

On a PC you can have 2 documents open  in the same Microsoft Word window (just select ‘View Side by Side’ but you can’t do that on the Mac version of Word. I’ve just written to Microsoft to encourage them to add it to the Mac version. Feel free to join me if it’s something you think would be useful. Just go to the smiley face icon in the top right-hand corner of Microsoft Word and click on “tell us what can be better.”

Here’s what I wrote:

I’d love to see the ‘View side by side’ feature in Word for Mac so you can see two documents in the same window. I see it is available on a PC. I know technically it is not what Apple recommends in there UI guidelines, but there are other OS X apps that allow multiple docs open in the same window. e.g. text wrangler allows you to open separate documents the same window.  I regularly use full screen mode and it is very limiting not to be able to open 2 Word documents side by side on a large screen. Thanks!

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Oct 09

I have written this little AppleScript Quick Action that can paste bible verses from Accordance into any application without having to leave that application. From any application (eg Mail, Microsoft Word, Page etc) simply hit Command-7 and you will get this dialog box:

Paste Verses

Enter in the verses you want, press OK (or hit return) and the verses will appear automatically, pasted into the document where your cursor was. Read on to download the installer.

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Aug 14

I discovered this little application a while ago called ‘namechanger’.  It allows you to automatically change the name of a large number of files in one go.  It has lots of options. You can add something to the start of filenames or to the end. You can do search and replace of filenames. You can remove characters, add in a date or add in a sequence of numbers. It’s very handy.  You can download it from here: https://mrrsoftware.com/namechanger/

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Aug 09

Here’s a screenshot of my OS X menu bar.  I thought I’d walk you through them one by one in case you find any of them useful.  If you would like more information on one in particular let me know and I can write an article on it.

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Feb 07

Summary: This great little app (costs $2.99) allows you to right-click in any folder and make a new document.

Windows users will be used to the ability to right-click anywhere and make a new file. Unfortunately you cannot do this on a Mac.  For many years I have had a quicksilver shortcut which allows me to do this, but ‘New File Menu’ is a new app that is a lot simpler and has more options. After you install it whenever you right-click your mouse it adds an extra option to the contextual menu that allows you to create a new file.  As you can see in the example above I have two choices available “text file” and “pages document” but you can choose how many documents you want available in the menu.

To customise the menu you need to run the application. The you just select the files that you’d like to have in the menu. I only have 4 selected – A text file, Pages, Word and rtf. This keeps the menu nice and small.

New File Menu

 

Click here  to go to the App Store and download the  New File Menu App.

 

 

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Dec 20

Quicksilver is one of my favourite apps for accessing documents quickly and doing all sorts of tasks. I use it almost every time I want to open a new app, open a document or find a folder.  I also use Devonthink to store all my files.  I am converting over to a paperless office. (Hopefully I will write an article about this someday!) If you are a Quicksilver and Devonthink user here’s how to add your Devonthink database to your Quicksilver catalogue so that all the PDF files in Devonthink can be accessible to Quicksilver.

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