Take Control of Automating Your Mac
Take Control of Automating Your Mac


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Take Control of Automating Your Mac

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Completed on 2015-03-31

About the Book

If you use copy and paste, you’re eliminating unnecessary retyping and possible typos. But did you realize that you could be using dozens of additional shortcuts that make tedious tasks quick, accurate, and repeatable? In this essential title, Joe Kissell shines a light on OS X’s many built-in shortcuts, and provides sweeping coverage of the utilities that go even further.

You don’t need to be a programmer — or even particularly geeky — to automate your Mac. Everyone uses copy and paste, and most of what Joe explains in “Take Control of Automating Your Mac” can be used by anyone, from novice to expert, to make their work quicker, more accurate, and more easily repeated when needed. Nor is specialized software necessary, since OS X has oodles of built-in automation features like keyboard shortcuts, configurable gestures, and automatic launching of key apps. But clever Macintosh developers have created brilliant utilities that go far beyond OS X’s features, and Joe discusses the key players, devotes a chapter to Keyboard Maestro (which gives you control over nearly any task on your Mac), and delves into the included automation capabilities in Microsoft Office and Nisus Writer Pro.

In short, Take Control of Automating Your Mac will:

  • Show you lots of tools and techniques for automating your Mac.
  • Offer concrete examples you can use as is or adapt to your needs.
  • Inspire you with extensive lists of further possibilities.

We've included discounts totalling over $60 on eight of the key apps Joe covers: 20% or 30% off on Keyboard Maestro, LaunchBar, Hazel, Nisus Writer Pro, TextExpander, TextSoap, TypeIt4Me, and Typinator — look for coupons at the back of the ebook!

Take Control of Automating Your Mac has chapters about how to:

  • Develop an automator’s mindset
  • Use OS X’s built-in automation features
  • Take full advantage of input devices to save clicks
  • Automate text expansion for faster, more consistent typing
  • Control the Finder with a launcher and by organizing files with Hazel
  • Supercharge your clipboard to remember and reformat previous copies
  • Write macros in Microsoft Office and Nisus Writer Pro
  • Create rules to file email automatically in Apple Mail and Outlook
  • Log in to Web sites faster with a password manager
  • Automate cloud services with IFTTT and Zapier
  • Set up automatic backup and syncing
  • Get started with Automator and AppleScript
  • Control nearly anything on your Mac with Keyboard Maestro

This ebook was written for users of 10.9 Mavericks, but many of the functions described work similarly in older (and upcoming) versions of OS X.

About the Author

Joe Kissell
Joe Kissell

Joe Kissell has written numerous books about technology, including many popular Take Control ebooks, with an emphasis on Apple products. He's also Senior Editor of TidBITS and a Senior Contributor to Macworld, and previously spent ten years in the Mac software industry.

Table of Contents

  • Read Me First
    • Updates and More
    • Basics
    • What’s New in Version 1.1
  • Introduction
  • Automation Quick Start
  • Develop an Automator’s Mindset
    • Learn the Basic Principle of Automation
    • Learn What You Can Automate
    • Look for Automation Opportunities
    • Pick the Right Tools
  • Use Built-in Automation Features
    • Find Files Faster with Finder Tags
    • Use OS X’s Built-in Keyboard Shortcuts
    • Make Your Own OS X Keyboard Shortcut
    • Use OS X Text Substitutions and Transformations
    • Control Your Mac with Your Voice
    • Keep Tabs on Important Activities with Notifications
    • Log In to Your Mac Automatically
    • Open Items Automatically on Login
    • Sleep, Wake, and Shut Down on a Schedule
    • Update Apple and Mac App Store Software Automatically
    • Update Non-Mac App Store Software Automatically
    • Work with Rule-based Searches
    • Create and Use Smart Containers
  • Automate Your Input Devices
    • Use Trackpad and Magic Mouse Gestures
    • Save Clicks with Third-party Input Devices
    • Program an Input Device with USB Overdrive
    • Learn about Other Special Input Devices
  • Automate Text Expansion
    • Use OS X’s Text Replacement
    • Use a Third-party Text Expansion Utility
  • Automate the Finder
    • Use Spotlight as a Launcher
    • Use a Third-party Launcher
    • Organize Files with Hazel
  • Supercharge Your Clipboard
    • Learn What a Clipboard Utility Can Do
    • Use a Macro or Launcher Utility
    • Use an OS X Clipboard Utility
  • Automate Individual Apps
    • Automate Microsoft Office
    • Automate Nisus Writer Pro
    • Discover Other Internally Scriptable Apps
  • Automate Email
    • Use Server-based Rules
    • Automate Apple Mail
    • Automate Outlook Email with Rules
    • Automate Other Email Apps
  • Automate the Web
    • Log In Faster with iCloud Keychain and Safari Autofill
    • Automate Web Logins with a Password Manager
    • Automate Cloud Services
    • Discover Other Web Automation Options
  • Automate Backup and Syncing
    • Run Backups Automatically with Time Machine
    • Create Hands-off Versioned Backups
    • Schedule Bootable Duplicates
    • Automate Mac-to-Mac Syncing
  • Use OS X Automation Technologies
    • Use Services for System-wide Shortcuts
    • Understand Automator
    • Get to Know AppleScript
    • Script the Command Line with Shell Scripts
  • Use a Macro Utility
    • Control Your Mac with Keyboard Maestro
    • Use Another Macro Utility
  • About This Book
    • Ebook Extras
    • About the Author
    • About the Publisher
  • Copyright and Fine Print
  • Keyboard Maestro Coupon
  • LaunchBar Coupon
  • Hazel Coupon
  • Nisus Writer Pro Coupon
  • TextExpander Coupon
  • TextSoap Coupon
  • TypeIt4Me Coupon
  • Typinator Coupon

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