UPDATE: If you installed this script today (2016-08-15), you may need to update it. I added a line in the script that should prevent duplicate pages from being appended.
There are plenty of apps that help you merge PDFs into a single file, but if you want something faster with a “native” feel, you can set up an OS X service to quickly merge selected PDFs simply by right-clicking them. Continue reading “Merge PDFs Natively With A Right-Click In OS X”
Microsoft Office for OS X is usually very sluggish and slow. This is one reason I don’t like working with DOCs or DOCXs in OS X. Yes, you can easily view the document using QuickLook (pressing the Space bar while the file is highlighted), but if you actually want to open the file and manipulate it, you need to either buy Office, or get an open source alternative.
Download a pre-built workflow (or create your own by following the steps below).
Continue reading “Convert DOCX to PDF Natively With A Right-Click”
Create animated GIFs from the OS X Finder in just seconds. It only takes a few minutes to set up and will give you a “native” feeling without the need to install any additional software. Plus, you never need to open an app to create the GIF, you can just highlight files > right-click > Make Animated GIF. Continue reading “Make Animated GIFs In OS X With A Right-click”
macOS Seirra has this built in now, but older version of OS X can still make use of this. Continue reading “Create A Keyboard Shortcut For Right-click > Compress”
OS X Yosemite has a new feature called Dictation Commands. This allows you to press Function key twice, speak your command, and then have the computer do something for you. While there are some useful built in ones, it is much more interesting to make your own.
In this example, I make a Star Trek-style auto-destruct mechanism, which will destroy all the data on my hard drive and make it crash (not really, but there are ways to do this). Continue reading “Give Your Mac A Voice-activated Self Destruct Command (Just Like Star Trek)”
Automator seems to be one of those unknown or ignored Apple-made apps. But it is very powerful and can save you a lot of time. It has also been part of OS X for a long time.
To save time by automatically scaling down images (while keeping the original file) to a pre-set size as opposed to manually editing each one.
Requirements For This Walkthrough
- Mac with OS X
- Large image files
- Automator workflow
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
- Ability to navigate throughout a computer OS
- Knowledge of basic computer terminology
Create the Automator Workflow
You can also download a a pre-built workflow.
- Create a folder for the scaled-down images to go
- Open /Applications/Automator
- Create a workflow similar to the following: (editing the folder and size fields)
- Click File > Save
- Save as something like Reduce to 800×600
Use The New Contextual Service
- Right-click a large image file
- Click Reduce to 800×600
- Watch the magic happen
The scaled-down image will now be revealed in the folder you designated. The original remains in-tact. This operation can also be completed on many files at once. In this example, the picture was 1.8MB and was reduced to 144K.