January 5, 2015 - Hammondsport Mac Users Group
ATTENDING : Tom B, Gene N, Jerry L, Bob S, John M, Al J, Larry T, Andrea R, Susan W, Lucy W, Phil W, Nancy D, Ella D, Terry D, Carl H, Donna M and Don M.
TOPIC : AUTOMATION
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Our first meeting of 2015 began with the announcement that the library's
Internet connection was not working. So we had to revert
to plan B which meant talking to each other and looking at books made of paper.
Tom mentioned that the first medieval IT Help Desk may have faced
similar challenges (see video -
After brief introductions of our group of 16, discussion and short demos of built-in Mac automation features followed.
AppleScript - short quick demo of how to write a simple script using AppleScript Editor (found in the Utilities) - follow this simple beginners guide to produce an automated message box
Services - automated scripts found under 'Services' in the right-click menu of any file - Apple has already supplied many possible tasks but you can add more if you wish - see some tutorials here.
Automator - uses a simple drag-and-drop process to create and run “automation recipes” that perform simple or complex tasks for you, when and where you need them - read more at Apple
Watch video tutorial from Gary at MacMost - how to create a Workflow to batch rename multiple files
Watch video tutorial from Gary at MacMost - how create an Application to duplicate, rename and scale images
Watch video tutorial from Gary at MacMost - how to use Automator in Yosemite to create commands that your Mac will react to using only your voice
Mac OSX Automation - hundreds of great Automation tutorials (not an Apple site) - very helpful step-by-step tutorials for specific tasks using AppleScript, Services and Automator - Example video tutorial: How to dictate/send message using Automator (30 secs)
COM - OPT - ESC - - - force-quit any application that is unresponsive
COM - CTRL - POWER (the famous 3-finger salute) - - - forces computer to re-start
TIME SAVER - renaming a file
|1 Original file||2 Select file||3 Push 'Enter' Key||4 Type new name|
Don't like the forecast in your weather widget? Hold OPT-COM then click on icon for changes.
STARTUP KEY COMBOS (for Intel Macs) - helpful bootup key options for fixing, testing, troubleshooting
IN THE NEWS
Japan bets revival on humanoid robots - read article
Adblock Plus - free Add-on for Firefox or Safari to block annoying ads, flash, etc.
iPhone 4s (with Verizon SIM card) - can now be set up for transfer of Tracfone cell phone number and unused minutes via Tracfone's BYOP (Bring Your Own Phone) option - read good article here
We meet the first Monday of each month in the Hammondsport Public
Library at 10:30am.
Hammondsport Mac Users Group - Hammondsport, NY 14840 - www.hportmug.com