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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.
By now, you know that you can run Windows on an Intel Mac. But virtualization programs don’t just run Windows: they can also run Linux (or any other Intel-compatible operating system) on your Mac. Here’s how.
Use AppleScript to identify any contacts in your Address Book who are not yet in a group.
Rob Griffiths and Kirk McElhearn offer tips on how to minimize all of a program’s windows, select text with one click, zoom easily via the keyboard, tame Address Book’s envelope printing and more.
Rob Griffiths offers tips on ways to cancel the shut down command, change which application opens a file, zip through podcast lists, edit smart playlists and more.
For simple automation, it’s hard to beat Automator. But if you want to build truly powerful workflows that can do everything from coloring your iCal calendars to converting your e-mail messages for easy reading on your iPod, AppleScript is still the best tool in town.
Rob Griffiths offers tips this month on ways to reply in Mail with original open, use tables in Stickies, make free iPhoto 6 books, speed through the Calendar widget and a scan-and-print Tiger time-saver.
If you’ve taken Automator out for a spin, you know that Apple’s automation tool really does make it easy to simplify repetitive tasks. But after experimenting with its built-in actions and with actions culled from the Internet, you probably still wish you could do more.
Chris Breen offers help on ways to put together your PDFs, deal with duplicates in iTunes, choose a startup volume, launch a more colorful TextEdit and much more.
See a couple of methods of limiting the length of the bash shell's prompt.
Use Finder’s Info window, third-party tools to set permissions
When you work with the command line, you work without a safety net—there’s no Trash to fish files out of and no Undo command. But there are some tricks for protecting yourself from missteps.