When Wunderlist closed down we’ve been left without a good task manager that easily syncs across Google and MacOS. AnyDo doesn’t have a MacOS app. I can’t get my Google assistant to add a new todo into to ‘Todoist’. Google Tasks isn’t great but it does have the advantage that it is built right in to gMail. So it’s what I’m running with at the moment. Google tasks is available on MacOS but the App is called ‘Tasksboard’. Here’s the convoluted way to get it up and running!
From Mojave onwards it’s no longer possible to get the 1 Password app to automatically entering your passwords into a webpage. Previously there was a keypress that would automatically fill a web form and enter your password and then press the submit button.
According to the one password forum this was disabled by Apple:
This is a limitation that’s being imposed by Apple in Mojave — though to be clear, it’s one we don’t disagree with. Auto-submit was always a sort of tacked-on feature. Auto-FILL should still work as it always has (in fact, it should be better than ever), but in order to accomplish auto-submit in previous versions, we had to use a small script that simulated the actual pressing of the Enter key. Apple – quite rightly, in my view – pointed out that this is the identical mechanism used by some malware to install itself — it can’t actually press return on your computer for you, so it simulates that action with a small script.
Strangely, even though 1Password is not allowed to press the ‘Return’ Key, Keyboard Maestro is still allowed to. A workaround I have found is to use a keyboard maestro script to execute 1Password and then press the Return key for you. I have written a script that calls up 1 Password and then simulates pressing the key for you. I have mapped this to a function key so now I can have a one press solution to bring back the old functionality of 1 Password prior to Mojave.
Here’s what the script looks like in Keyboard Maestro.
I’ve recently discovered some great new Church management software called Fluro. It’s the most creative software I’ve used for ages. I’m spending so much time learning how to use it I haven’t had time for a proper article about but I’ve decided to so some short podcast episodes talking about some of the features.
Notational Velocity is my favourite note taking app for little bits of information you’d like to save anywhere then be able to recall later.
Notational Velocity sync broke in October 2018 when the sync engine they relied on (Simplenote) changed the domain of their notes server. Over at GitHub there’s been a fix, but it hasn’t been distributed yet.
In the meantime, if you love Notational Velocity and can’t live without it, you can use NVAlt which is basically the same program but it’s been updated so not as to have the problem. It even uses exactly the same database.
You can download NVAlt from here: https://brettterpstra.com/projects/nvalt/
Every now and then I stumble across a life changing app that completely changes the way I interact with my computer. Quicksilver. Devonthink Pro. Jumpcut. Keyboard Maestro. 1Password. Dropbox. Hazel. These are Apps that I cannot do without! In my 20 years of being a mac user there has been a handful of such apps that are mandatory to install on any new computer that I use. I’ve just discovered a new app to add to the collection – Unclutter…
On a PC you can have 2 documents open in the same Microsoft Word window (just select ‘View Side by Side’ but you can’t do that on the Mac version of Word. I’ve just written to Microsoft to encourage them to add it to the Mac version. Feel free to join me if it’s something you think would be useful. Just go to the smiley face icon in the top right-hand corner of Microsoft Word and click on “tell us what can be better.”
Here’s what I wrote:
Iâ€™d love to see the â€˜View side by sideâ€™ feature in Word for Mac so you can see two documents in the same window. I see it is available on a PC. I know technically it is not what Apple recommends in there UI guidelines, but there are other OS X apps that allow multiple docs open in the same window. e.g. text wrangler allows you to open separate documents the same window. I regularly use full screen mode and it is very limiting not to be able to open 2 Word documents side by side on a large screen. Thanks!
I have written this little AppleScript Quick Action that can paste bible verses from Accordance into any application without having to leave that application. From any application (eg Mail, Microsoft Word, Page etc) simply hit Command-7 and you will get this dialog box:
Enter in the verses you want, press OK (or hit return) and the verses will appear automatically, pasted into the document where your cursor was. Read on to download the installer.
I discovered this little application a while ago called ‘namechanger’. It allows you to automatically change the name of a large number of files in one go. It has lots of options. You can add something to the start of filenames or to the end. You can do search and replace of filenames. You can remove characters, add in a date or add in a sequence of numbers. It’s very handy. You can download it from here: https://mrrsoftware.com/namechanger/