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Mac Automation - Part 2

Date: 24th February 2017

Duration: 46:26

Show ref: SCOM0607

The Mac offers some really powerful automation options, especially when you apply a systems mindset to your work and learn to string automations together to automate common tasks.

In Part 2 of this Mac automation series, we dive deep with several more powerful automation workflows. We show you what typical automation chains look like, and explain how to use the building blocks of Mac automation to solve complex problems on your Mac.

Mac Automation - Part 1

Date: 20th January 2017

Duration: 53:21

Show ref: SCOM0597

There are some really powerful Mac automation tools out there, but it can be difficult to know where to start. In Part 1 of this Mac automation series, we introduce some basic automation principles and some key ideas for developing a systems thinking mindset.

We also take a look at five common automation tools for the Mac (TextExpander, Hazel, Keyboard Maestro, Automator, and AppleScript). For each tool, we go through its strengths and weaknesses and explain what situations they are best suited for, so you can start to recognize opportunities for automation in your own everyday use.

One of the problems of keeping on top of the latest developments in Mac and iOS is the sheer number of updates to apps over time. These can range from minor to major updates, and are designed to fix issues or introduce brand new functionality. So for this week, I’m going to take a look at a number apps that I’ve previously covered on ScreenCastsOnline, and bring you up to speed with the latest updates. 

The three apps are Hazel, Ulysses & Garageband Live Loops

In this episode, Todd Olthoff takes a look at some sample workflows to automate the capture and manipulation of digital files using some of our favourite tools - Hazel & DEVONthink Pro. He also takes a look at a great iOS app that allows you to scan and process documents directly on your iOS device - Scanner Pro 7

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Housekeeping with Hazel v3

Date: 20th July 2012

Duration: 34:56

Show ref: SCOM0356

Revisiting an old favourite this week, and that's Hazel v3.

Hazel is your own personal housekeeper, constantly monitoring the files and folder you instruct. Set up some simple (or complex) rules on how you want your files and folder organised, and Hazel will do it for you.

As well as the powerful yet flexible file and folder management, Hazel will also monitor your Trash, keeping it within preset limits and assist you in deleting supporting files when uninstalling applications.