|Earliest: June 26, 2003||Latest: June 14, 2019||Total: 300|
|June 14, 2019|
Wondershare Filmora is a great video editor, certainly a step up from using iMovie. In version 9, you can now have multiple tracks - which is great when you want to mix sounds or clips to create some cool effects.
There's one trick that a bit hidden in Filmora and that's the ability to add Audio Key Frames. With Audio Key Frames you can alter a particular area of the sound track. For example, if parts of track 2 are too loud you can use Key Frames to lower the volume.
Here's an example of using Audio Key Frame in Filmora Wondershare 9:
Here's the simple way to add Audio Key Frames:
|June 7, 2019|
A few years ago, I wrote about an easy way to put your computer to sleep. The whole point of the post was to show that there was an easy way to put your computer to sleep.
The problem is that it's too easy. In fact, you may accidentally trigger the hot corner more that you would actually use it.
Fortunately you can add keyboard modifiers so that you couldn't accidentally trigger the hot corner.
Just a sample of different triggers to add.
Now there's no reason to use all the hot corners to Lock your screen or any of the of ten actions that Apple provides.
|May 31, 2019|
Dash is an Macintosh application that gives you local access to hundreds of documentations. You can download the documentations that you need and search for information.
Dash is an API Documentation Browser and Code Snippet Manager. Dash stores snippets of code and instantly searches offline documentation sets for 200+ APIs, 100+ cheat sheets and more. You can even generate your own docsets or request docsets to be included.
Dash is a useful tool to have when your heads down on a project and want to stay focus when searching for programing help.
Nine Things I Learned About Dash
One feature that would be cool to have is a personal code library; sort of like the snippets, but noninteractive. Just a place to store re-usable code - and searchable like any other Docset.
|May 24, 2019|
Art Text 3 is a pretty powerful text tool. I wanted to learn how to create a cool chalkboard effect, similar to designs that I saw in BeLight Letter application.
Belight claims that all the Letter designs can be done in Art Text 3. What they don't tell you is that it is just a bit tricky to make it work.
For the Background, I created a new background layer, Selected Fill, then Grunge, then gruge_29. If you want more realistic chalkboard backgrounds check out the Chalkboard Textures created by BMACHINA Labs. It cost $5 and you get 16 different variations.
For the Text, it's a bit tricky. There is a Chalk 2D Text, but it's only in Purple. (Not exactly sure why Belight did that.) So the secret is to create your own Brush in White so that it will have the chalk edge effect. (Note: I tried to figure out how to change the color from purple to while but the following steps is the only way I could get it to work.)
To get you started, download my 200 x 200 white image and add it to your collection:
So now you can still select the Chalk 2D text as a Font Template, then switch it over to the Custom Shading that you added.
You can see the new "Smoke" Custom Fill.
Bonus: You can easily create different color smokes effects for different color chalk effects. Simply create a 200x200 image in Affinity Designer or Pixelmator and use the paint brush to create your own creative design. Don't forget to save it as a PNG file!
|May 17, 2019|
One of the neat features of the Iterm2 is the Status Bar. This is available in the 3.3.0 build - which is still in beta as of this post. The Status Bar is a thin bar at the top of the command window which displays useful information.
The status bar has 11 built in configurable components, with more sure to be added. You can configure the Text Color and Background color. These are the components in the current beta:
EEEE, MMMM d, yyyy h:mm:ss a z)
If you're using iTerm2 3.3, you can enable the status bar using the Profile Preferences.
After you install the bar, you can right click on the bar and select 'Configure Status Bar.'
You will need to do this for each of your profiles that you have setup.
Some of the commands work better with installing Shell Integrations on remote servers. You can easily install the Shell Integration tool to get the most out of iTerm2:
Iterm2 is pretty powerful application and very useful to have if you doing a lot of shell commands on your Mac.
|May 10, 2019|
There are very few Macintosh applications that have been around since System 7.5. BBEdit, StuffIt , DragThing are some that I can think of off hand. Many of these applications are still running strong.
Sadly DragThing is being discontinued. This is because Apple has decided to stop supporting 32-bit code. Perhaps you seen this alert when opening up some applications:
Apple has announced that it will no longer support 32-bit applications. This means in the next major release 32-bit applications will no longer work. This is very similar to when Apple started discontinue supporting Classic Apps from pre-OS X days.
After 24-years, the developers have decided to retire the application. According to the homepage message, this is because the application will have to be completely rewritten and they don't think there's any real value into that.
I haven't used DragThing, as I got use the Apple Dock, and other applications that made navigating the Macintosh easier. I thought it would be good to check out what I missed in DragThing all these years.
DragThing with the default setup
|May 3, 2019|
Last year I purchased Caboodle as part of Mac App Bundle from TNW Deals. This is one of 15 applications that I purchased for $25. I am a big EverNote fan, I didn't think Caboodle would replace it, but thought it would be nice to add to the collection. (I had to pick 15 apps to get the deal.)
Caboodle allows users to store and organize varied bits of info. Everyone comes across information that they want to refer to later. Maybe gifts you've received or sent, product serial numbers, recipes, directions to someone's house, a photo of your pet, or anything else.
I would recommend not getting Caboodle. The application appears to be abandoned. There are many good alternative solutions available.
|April 26, 2019|
The WC command is a simple command to display the "word count" of anything passed to it. You can even pass in PDF documents to see how many OCR words are in the file.
340 1408 31827 /Users/root/Desktop/HotelHistory.pdf
[340 lines 1,404 words 31,827 characters]
This will count the number of times an error appears by a certain date. You can loop this in a BASH script to see how many times it appears on some days.
cat /mnt/xd/server/debug.log | grep 27/Apr/2019 | grep "Exception" | wc -l
wc -w gives only the word count.
wc -l gives only the line count.
wc -c gives only the byte count.
wc -m gives only the character count.
As part of the A-Z April challenge, today's letter is 'W.' Oddly enough, there are not that many interesting things on the Macintosh that start with W.
One Option I had was to review Watermark Pro, but I thought it was more interesting to learn more about the 'wc' Unix command. I also wanted to share some of my knowledge.
|April 19, 2019|
If you work in an office environment with lots of printers, it can confusing to print something now and know what printer is available. Sure printing to the closest printer is the solution, but if everyone else in the office is doing that - it may take a while to get your print.
Luckily you can set up a personal Printing Pool so that you can let the computer figure out the best printer to use - almost like a Waze for printing. Your computer will print to the next available printer - you don't need to spend time figuring it out.
The good news is that this is part of MacOS X you don't need to purchase a printing utility.
Here are the steps to getting your own printing pool setup. (Tip you can set up multiple pools, based on location or printer types!)
|April 12, 2019|
If your looking for a safe place a store sensitive piece of information - your best bet may be Apple's Keychain Secure Notes. The data will be accessible via computer or any iOS device.
This is a good option since third party applications don't have access to this. In addition, it's a bit complex to view a secure note, so you know people won't accidentally find/delete the note if they are playing around with your computer.
Note: Name and Content will not appear in Spotlight Searches. It's a good hiding spot.
The only way to add a new secure note is via the Keychain Access application. Using LaunchBar simply type KeyChain and return.
Open up the application. In the Window, select a Keychain to store your note. I recommend using iCloud. Then Shift Command N to create a new note.
I wasn't able to find any limit to how big the note can be, so this might be a good place to store the top secret book that your working on.
You can't store image files in the Keychain.
To view any note, simply double click on the note and then type in your computer password.
If you want more than just basic notes, you might want to check out 1Password. (I haven't used them, so I can't attest to how easy it is to use.) One nice thing is that they have 1 GB of encrypted storage for all your documents.
This is a good way to secure and backup all your work documents!