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Services Menu Options Hey you wanna-be Mac Power users, this article is a follow-up to Your Quick Guide To The Services Menu On Snow Leopard published on Monday. While Apple has improved its Services Menu in Snow Leopard, it’s not very useful unless you have items in it that you can use. Some 3rd party applications will automatically include Services items, but the best use of Services is to custom build your own items, which can be done with Automator, a program installed with OS X Leopard and Snow Leopard. MUO published an article last year, How To Use Automator To Batch Rename Images on Mac about how to use a previous version of Automator. This how-to will show you how to use the newest version, incorporating the Services template to help you get started.

Script Debugger 4.5 (click to enlarge images) Script Debugger 4.5 provides everything you need to quickly and easily author AppleScripts that work. No other scripting tool can match Script Debugger’s capabilities for creating, editing and debugging AppleScripts. Its sophisticated Dictionary browser provides far more information than any other tool can and eliminates guesswork and needless experimentation. Simply put, Script Debugger makes AppleScript easy. Script Debugger 4.5 sets the standard for AppleScript tools, as it has for more than a decade.

Top 60 best free iPad apps 2012 On comparing iPad apps with iPhone equivalents, one thing rapidly becomes clear: apps for Apple's tablet are pricier. Many of the best free iPhone apps cost money in their iPad incarnations, and the quality level of what's still free is often ropey. But among the dross lie rare gems – iPad apps that are so good you can't believe they're still free. Of those we unearthed, here is our pick of the best free iPad apps. Note that apps marked 'universal' will run on your iPad and iPhone, optimising themselves accordingly.

Add More Gestures To Your Magic Mouse With BetterTouchTool « SUB December 8th, 2009 Add More Gestures To Your Magic Mouse With BetterTouchTool Got your Magic Mouse yet? Time to bring out the full potential of that magical device. TNW Review: OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion Today, Apple releases its latest version of the OS X operating system for Macs, called Mountain Lion. It’s packed full of new features, as well as a layer of polishing, but it’s largely continuing the work that was begun with last year’s Lion. In a nutshell OS X 10.8 is a generous helping of iOS-friendly syncing apps and services, with a sidebar of unfortunately poor Messages and a grab bag of ‘most wanted’ features and tweaks to Lion.

80 OS X Mountain Lion Tips and Tricks Posted 08/25/2012 at 9:15am | by Cory Bohon Mountain Lion strolled onto the scene earlier this year, with a lot of interest but no showy unveiling. Apple gave the world a better glimpse at its newest big cat at the World Wide Developers Conference, reserving a good chunk of the June 10 keynote for more details about the next iteration of OS X, which dropped in July in the Mac App Store for just $19.99, the lowest price yet for an OS X upgrade. AppleScript: Resources Resources Links to online resources about AppleScript. Websites AppleScript-Users Mailing List provides help and discussions for scripters developing scripts and solutions in AppleScript. Macscripter.net offers tutorials, downloads, online community, and detailed information about AppleScript and Automator.

Hands on with Apple's new OS X: Mountain Lion Apple updates its iOS mobile operating system once a year. But why should the iPhone and iPad have all the fun? On Thursday Apple announced that it will release a new version of OS X—Mountain Lion—this summer, just a year after the release of OS X Lion. Like Lion, Mountain Lion offers numerous feature additions that will be familiar to iOS users. This OS X release continues Apple’s philosophy of bringing iOS features “back to the Mac,” and includes iMessage, Reminders, Notes, Notification Center, Twitter integration, Game Center, and AirPlay Mirroring. As the first OS X release post-iCloud, there’s also much more thorough integration with Apple’s data-syncing service.

Top 25 OS X Terminal commands Terminal (in Applications/ Utilities) gives you direct access to the UNIX system that underpins OS X. By typing specific commands into your Terminal window, you can make changes, open settings or access features that aren't available by any other means. After typing one of the commands offered in this tutorial, press Return to activate it, and anything offered in quotes is typed without the quote marks themselves. Commands split over two or more lines here should be typed in their entirety – you don't press Return halfway through. And bear in mind that some commands are case-sensitive, so be true to what's here.

OS X Mountain Lion Operating System Review One year and one week since the release of OS X Lion, Apple is back with Mountain Lion, also known as OS X 10.8. Like Lion, Mountain Lion offers numerous feature additions that will be familiar to iOS users. This OS X release continues Apple’s philosophy of bringing iOS features “back to the Mac,” and includes iMessage, Reminders, Notes, Notification Center, Twitter integration, Game Center, and AirPlay Mirroring. There are even a few features that are making their debut with Mountain Lion, and will find their way back into iOS 6 this fall. As the first OS X release post-iCloud, Mountain Lion offers a much more thorough integration with Apple’s data-syncing service than Lion offered. Mountain Lion also brings options to limit which kinds of apps users can install, offers systemwide integration with social networking and media-sharing services, and gives some recent MacBook models the power to keep working even when they appear to be asleep.

Turbocharge & Customize Your Mac Finder Windows [Mac] (Note: for additional tips about the Mac Finder and other Mac related tools and how-tos, download the free MakeUseOf Mac manual. If you’re an advanced Mac user, you might want to check out this MUO article about TotalFinder – A Mac Finder Alternative with Some Cool Extras). Customize The Toolbar As with all applications, you should see what can be customized in a program’s toolbar. The Finder is no different. So first, open a Finder window (Finder>New Finder Window) and let’s see the few items there by default.

Script Overview: Scripting with AppleScript The following is a brief introduction to AppleScript scripts, tools for working with them, and information on using AppleScript scripts together with other scripting systems. For related documents, see the learning paths in Getting Started with AppleScript. Script Editor and AppleScript Scripts 10 Coolest Keyboard Shortcuts You Never Knew About Posted 05/29/2014 at 2:52pm | by Cory Bohon Keyboard shortcuts are the lifeblood of many productive Mac users. Not only can they cut down on the time needed to complete a task, but they're also just plain cool. Here are 10 of the coolest, including several that most people haven't heard of. Mac Hacks: 17 AppleScripts To Make Your Life Easier Advertisement If you are an experienced professional, chances are you have a good set of tools and a work process that you repeat on a daily basis to handle your work. That’s good; it’s how you become more productive, and become an expert.

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