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A Hints reader wanted to back up his Wordpress blog, but didn't like the available backup plug-ins. So he wrote an AppleScript to do the job and set it to run automatically every day.
Use OS X's Folder Actions feature to automatically get an alert when files are added to a specific folder, change the Finder labels when you put them in a folder, or unzip archives. Here’s how Folder Actions work, and how you can use them to save time.
Ted Landau runs up some recent troubleshooting news, including a security vulnerability with Flash Player, a pair of iOS bugs, and a problem with the Mac App Store version of Xcode.
Tired of copying-and-pasting AppleScripts you find online? Here are two services that'll do it for you.
Sometimes it'd be handy to view a single PDF file in two windows. But generally speaking you can't open the same document twice in a single app. Here's a way around that restriction.
Don't want to wade through all those preference panes to change one setting? One Hints reader came up with an AppleScript-application that makes such a change simple.
Learn how to change the color of the special characters that BBEdit and TextWrangler use to display invisible characters, such as tabs and line breaks.
Jason Snell explores the rarely explored depths of Twitterrific for Mac, including secret preferences and AppleScript support.
You don't have to stick with the Automator actions that came with OS X. Ben Waldie lists his favorite third-party Automator downloads.
Jason Snell battles a wonky Java applet to get a readable version of a court case.
Unfortunately, Word 2008 doesn’t support VBA. The good news is that, with a little tinkering, almost anything you could do with a VBA macro in previous versions of Word, you can now do with AppleScript in Word 2008.
Mac OS X 10.5 includes a number of changes to its Unix core, perhaps more than in any prior OS X release. Here are my picks for the five most interesting and useful ones.
We didn’t have for all of Joe Kissell’s AppleScripts for Word 2008 in the magazine. Here are three more. These scripts are all in the enclosed download file.
John C. Welch uses AppleScript to help him back up Entourage, including compatibility with Time Machine.
Automator includes dozens of built-in variables, such as dates, times, and system information. With looping, you can repeat actions or groups of actions a set number of times.