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How to easily batch-convert images to black and white

Chris Breen shows you how to use Automator to quickly convert color images to black and white.

How to easily batch-convert images to black and white

Chris Breen shows you how to use Automator to quickly convert color images to black and white.

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How to make copies of all your old camera's pictures

Perhaps you have images taken with a beloved old digital camera and would like to gather them all together. Chris Breen shows you how.

How to command your Mac with your voice

Chris Breen shows you how to create a voice memo on your Mac just by saying "Record me."

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'OK, Mac': Using Automator’s Dictation Commands, new in Yosemite

Yosemite adds a new Dictation Commands feature to Automator that allows you to control you Mac with a couple of well-spoken words.

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Makin' copies: How to preserve automatically deleted iOS installers

In the bad old days, Apple allowed iOS installer files to pile up. That's no longer the case but some people still want them. Chris Breen provides a way to automatically create them.

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Keyboard Maestro: 8 unexpected uses for the old-school Mac-hacking tool

The venerable Keyboard Maestro can do a lot more than just open an app when you hit a keyboard shortcut: It can launch all sorts of different actions using all kinds of different triggers. Here are eight super-useful (and surprising) examples.

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Four ways to open applications and documents automatically in OS X

Double-clicking apps and docs to open them isn't exactly hard. But what if you want to open them automatically at a specific time or under specific circumstances? Topher Kessler explains how to use OS X's built-in tools to do just that.

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Automate your Mac: 10 ways to speed up iTunes, Safari, and more

If you do the same things over and over, day after day, why not automate them using tools like Keyboard Maestro and TextExpander? Here are ten fast solutions for ten common tasks.

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Automate your Mac: three hacks for managing apps

How three smart Mac users make the process of opening, hiding, and closing their apps a whole lot easier.

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Automate your Mac: The smart way to handle repetitive Mac chores

Managing files, dealing with email, working with iTunes, and more: All can be made a lot easier with automation tools like Hazel, Keyboard Maestro, and TextExpander (plus old standbys like AppleScript, Automator).

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Automate your Mac: three smart hacks for managing files

If you're tired of manually managing files and folders yourself, why not teach your Mac to do it for you? Here's how three smart Mac users have automated their file-management chores.