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I hate those pop-ups that hijack Safari even when I've enabled Settings > Security > Block Pop-up windows. Sure, I've edited my hosts file with Someonewhocare's updates to avoid them in the first place but even so, bad pages still happen. With a simple web search, you'll find a variety of c...

September 3rd 2014 at 10:00am 0 Comments

It's the TUAW Daily Update, your source for Apple news in a convenient audio format. You'll get some the top Apple stories of the day in three to five minutes for a quick review of what's happening in the Apple world. You can listen to today's Apple stories by clicking the player at the top of...

January 29th 2014 at 5:30pm 0 Comments
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AppleScript fans will be happy to learn that Apple has added support for it back into iWork's Numbers app for OS X. The return of AppleScript was first noted by MacWorld: The latest update of Numbers reintroduces AppleScript support in a big way. While Apple could have taken an iterative approach,...

January 29th 2014 at 10:00am 0 Comments
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As part of my daily writing, I take a lot of screenshots and process a ton of images on my Mac. As a result, I have two ever-growing folders that are stuffed full of images that are not useful after I publish a post. Now that I have a MacBook Air and only 128 GB of storage space, I am much more co...

January 3rd 2014 at 6:00pm 0 Comments
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Bless Keyboard Maestro. It's not as if we haven't already given it coverage here at TUAW, but I fought to make it today's Friday Favorite because it pulled my grits out of the fire after I upgraded to Mavericks. Me? I've been a Quickeys user since the freaking 1980's. One gets used to an app. Use...

November 22nd 2013 at 4:30pm 0 Comments
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Mac power users love to play with scripting and automation. If there's something that's repetitive that needs to be done, it's a lot easier just to either use Automator to automate the process or write an AppleScript to dive in a little deeper. With OS X Mavericks, it appears that Apple has added so...

October 23rd 2013 at 2:00pm 0 Comments
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Reminders is one of those apps that most Mac users probably don't touch, and the vast majority of those who do are likely not getting the most out of it. But with a little added functionality thanks to some basic AppleScript tweaking, Reminders can transform into a more useful tool, allowing you t...

July 8th 2013 at 8:30pm 0 Comments
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A site-specific browser (SSB) is a great way to "package" a web app you use every day into a dockable, clickable app that maintains its own cookies, settings and preferences versus your everyday web browser config. On the Mac, the easiest way to make an SSB is via the handy Fluid app, which suppor...

May 28th 2013 at 1:00pm 0 Comments
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On a recent trip, I found I had failed to add copies of my auto-resizing drop tools to my travel MacBook Air. My droplets allow me to convert images to TUAW-standard sizes, namely 225 pixels for small images and 456 pixels for banner images. (See? Information you never thought you'd need to know.)...

May 16th 2013 at 2:00pm 0 Comments
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Apple's Contacts app includes a lot of great shortcuts for initiating different forms of communication. Just click an email address, phone number or URL field label to display a list of available options. You can send an email, show a phone number in large type or start a FaceTime call, for example....

April 29th 2013 at 7:00am 0 Comments
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Whether I'm preparing for a demo or writing an article, blog post, book, or technical documentation, I often find myself performing the same set of repetitive steps. I need to navigate into an app's packaged resources folder, find one or more icon files, occasionally convert them to PNG and scale...

April 22nd 2013 at 7:00am 0 Comments
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In February, I provided instructions for using AppleScript to send completed task reports from OmniFocus to Evernote. The script was quite well-received by readers, and I've had numerous requests for enhancements. This post provides an updated version of the script, which includes a number of addi...

April 15th 2013 at 7:00am 0 Comments