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…
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.
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.
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.
I have a Fuji – Xerox A3 printer that can staple and fold, but sometimes the paper curls up and so the printer doesn’t staple properly. I just discovered this fantastic tip from the Fuji Xerox website which has solved my problem so I thought I’d pass it on.
Paper should be fed with the grain direction parallel to the feed path. That is, a long grain A4 should be fed “long edge feed”. If you are not sure on the grain direction, simply tear a corner off one sheet, lick it and it will curl parallel to the grain direction.
I was feeding all my A4 pages long edge first, so that they came out sideways. This is the default way that my printer feeds. (It is an A3 printer and so it prints A4 pages sideways.) The printer prints faster this way because the page is shorter in the direction of travel.
But I did not realise that this is printing ‘against the grain’ and is what causes the paper to curl. I started printing lengthways and it’s a great improvement, especially when it’s a bit humid.
This only applies if you are printing with a laser printer because it heats up the page. This would not be an issue for an inkjet printer. If you have an A4 printer this will probably not be an issue either because it can only print lengthways on a4 piece of paper.
If you use your macbook to listen to music, here’s a great tip. You can use your Apple remote (that comes with Apple TV or that you can buy separately on the Apple store) to turn the volume up and down and also to skip, pause etc. But firstly you need to pair the remote to your laptop. Here’s how.