If you want to spend more time typing on your keyboard and less time fiddling with your mouse, I highly recommend Alfred as a file navigator and replacement for Spotlight.1 The latest Alfred update brings some minor improvements like placeholder variables for text expansion, new workflow actions, and some better file handling options.
I'm not even really into building Alfred workflows and I still think it's worth the money. I mostly use Keyboard Maestro for complex workflows on the Mac but if you want to build your own tricks in Alfred, it's pretty easy. I recommend practicing the file navigation with Alfred. Give it a week or two and you will never go back to the hunt and peck mouse navigation of the Mac Finder. It's just so much faster to start typing a folder or file name and jump right to that location. Then use the Alfred buffer stack up files to manipulate all at once.
To get started, it's easy to integrate Alfred into your normal Finder process. If you're browsing in the Finder you can send the current selection right to Alfred and then trigger an action from there.
Once in Alfred it's a lot quick to deal with files than drag and drop.
I also have a variety of simple file type filters I've created in Alfred. For example, if I know I want to open one of my iThoughts Mind Maps, I invoke Alfred, type "mmap" and start typing part of the iThoughts file name. The list shows me only iThoughts files. This is the beauty of Alfred. Making my own actions is dead simple. It's mostly a drag and drop process. Alfred supplies a deep list of possible filters and actions that can each be customized by a normal human.
I've used Alfred for several years and it's tedious to use a Mac without it.
I’ll admit, I’m terrible at rote memorization. I always have been, which is weird for someone that became a chemist. Often chemistry is approached by pre-med students as another flashcard topic, and this definitely works for many people.
If you are someone that uses flashcards then this Anki ...
What can Drafts for Mac do?
The initial version of Drafts for Mac will support most of the same draft capture, editing and organization features of Drafts 5 on iOS and all drafts, tags, workspaces, versions, etc. will sync between versions.
The editor will support ...
Let’s see if I can do a Dave Pell style post.
- I actually liked Snow Leopard more than Leopard, so a year of improvements is just fine by me.
- 2018 feels like the year of “sorry we ruined your family life” from Apple.
- I still don’t want a ...
I immediately turned on iCloud storage for Messages with the latest iOS update. I liked this succinct summary by Paul Horowitz over at OS X Daily. That’s a lot of storage moved to iCloud.
Affiliate: This basically converts Amazon and iTunes links on my clipboard to affiliate links. It’s simple but it works.
Default Folder X: The “Save as...” window is so much better with this app. The menu bar app provides a convenient way to navigate to recent and favorite locations. I ...
This is a big update for 1Password on the Mac. Not only does the applicaiton look great but one of my favorite features is getting a lot more useful: Secure notes now support Markdown formatting!
I have a lot of secure notes in 1Password. I don't just need to ...
FoldingText is quite the impressive text editor. It was started by the same folks behind TaskPaper and was spun out as a more powerful text editor with task management features.
A post in the support forum is now talking about the future of this unique beast. 2018 might just be ...
The makers of my favorite image editing application for the Mac, Acorn, are out with a new piece of software. It follows the data pipelining methodology. I love this way of working with data. I think it makes a lot more sense than the traditional stacked filter model used in ...
Just when it feels like interest in workflow automation is dying, I discover a terrific new site: Automation Orchard. The new site has a terrific navigation and crosses over between iOS and Mac through a single portal. I also like that the site aggregates links from other sites to avoid ...
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