Alfred App

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My first post in a long time is bound to be a good one. For that reason, I decided to post about Alfred. This is by far my most used application. Simply put, it is a local and web search tool. For the basic user, it lets you launch your applications, or directly search on the search engine of your choice, including websites like IMDB, Amazon, and YouTube.

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It can also perform basic power functions of a Mac, e.g. you can log out or lock your computer by simply bringing up the Alfred window and typing in ‘log out‘ or ‘lock‘. Alfred is available for free, with a purchasable Powerpack, providing additional features including iTunes navigation and theme implementation.

If I had to pick one third party application for my Mac, this would be it.

More information here.
Download here.

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How To: Survive Using Your Keyboard Only

How to survive using your keyboard only; here are some shortcuts.

Users with MacBooks need to include the function (fn) key in commands involving F#-keys.

ctrl + F2

opens access to your menu bar, which is navigated with arrows, enter, or letters (for a shortcut, type the first letter of the menu item you want to access.

ctrl + F3

opens up access to your dock, which can be navigated in the same way as the menu bar.

NOTE: If those actions are not working, then press

ctrl + F1

to activate/deactivate the commands.

Don’t forget the simple shortcuts too, like

Command + Shift + A

which opens your applications folder (only works when on Finder; Safari for instance, gives you autofill preferences…)

Other shortcuts you must know are:

Empty trash: Command + Shift + Delete
Quit application: Command + Q
Close current window: Command + W

UPDATE: oli4 reminded me with his comment; to see a directory of shortcuts, go to System Preferences > Keyboard & Mouse > Keyboard Shortcuts

UPDATE #2: Learned a new shortcut! When on Safari, select a word and press

ctrl + Command + D

and you will get a quick definition show up as a tool tip window.

Feel free to share your tips and shortcuts in the comments below!

Or you can just forget about memorizing altogether.

How to: Restore windows and tabs on Safari

One of the great things about other web browsers, such as Firefox and Camino, is that they have many functions that Safari does not have. I’m sorry, I meant, did not have. With Safari 3, many new functions have been introduced, one of which is provided by browsers like the previously mentioned.

All performance enhancements aside, one of the key new features implemented in Safari 3 is restoring one’s last workplace. All you need to do is go to the history tab in the menu bar, and click on Reopen All Windows From Last Session.

Simple as that! The nice thing about it, you don’t always have a window popping up to ask you if you want to restore or not, like Camino, instead, you just use that menu tool when you need it.

Tricking out QuickLook

Found two great plugins to trick out QuickLook, for all you Leopard users!

Folder List

The Folder List QuickLook plugin is a plugin that allows you to view the contents of the folder, and information about all of the files (date modified, size, etc…). You can find out more about this plugin over here.

BetterZip

BetterZip Quick Look Generator 1.1 is a very similar plugin. It works the same way, only you view the contents of archived files. This is particularly useful if it’s a big archive, and you don’t feel like unzipping the damn thing to see what’s inside. More info about BetterZip over here.

Download Folder List plugin here.

Download BetterZip Quick Look Generator 1.1 here.

BatchRename’em: Rename groups of files and folders easily!

Finally, a way to easily rename groups of files!

Pretty helpful if you’re renaming pics and screenshots!

With BatchRename’em, you can do the following to files and folders:

– Make Sequential
– Add Text
– Replace Text
– Change Case
– Add Date or Time

Much easier than doing every file manually.

Get BatchRename’Em here.

TextWrangler: TextEdit, on steroids

TextWrangler is a full blown text editor; it pretty much works with anything that uses text, packed with various utilities to use for script editing, Terminal, etc… Seriously, this has everything you could possibly need when it comes to text. The icon leaves a lot to be desired, but you can always change that. Programmers, admins, you’ll definitely find use for this.

Get TextWrangler here.

How To: Use your iPod as an External Hard Drive.

Wow, it’s been a while since I’ve posted – So, another How to!

How To: Use your iPod as an External Hard Drive

You will need:
-iPod
-iTunes

Step 1: Connect your iPod to your Mac.

Step 2: Open up iTunes and click on your iPod. Tick the ‘enable hard drive’ box.

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Step 3: You’re done! Now you can drag anything to your iPod! Applications, files, anything! You can also do what I do, which is back up my computer to my iPod.

It’s very easy to back up all of your stuff onto the iPod, but many people waste away memory by copying all their music, videos and photos to their iPod, AGAIN! No reason to, people! First off, it’s already possible to retrieve your photos, there’s a folder named photos when you open up your iPod (assuming you are using a video/photo enabled iPod).

So now how do you retrieve music and videos? Considering these two are probably going to take the most space, we certainly don’t want to simply copy everything to a folder in your iPod. So use a program, like iPodDisk and you might want to read my post on how to do it.

For the rest of your applications and files which you want to back up, simply create a folder in your iPod (which should show up on your desktop) and drag and drop everything there. Voila!

Sapiens- The Future of Application Launchers

Ladies, Gents, prepare to be awe-struck.

This is fuck-ing beautiful. Quicksilver, your mouse gestures just got owned. 😀

Verrry beautiful, and very simple to use. Basically, you make a circular gesture with your mouse, and *pop* comes a menu with applications which you generally use.

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Sapiens will advance and learn what application you use over time. If you don’t get the application you wanted, just start typing and it will bring up results.

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Seriously, this is definitely worth having.

Get Sapiens here.