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How to Start the Mac Screen Saver with a Keyboard Shortcut in OS X

Jul 10, 2014 - 13 Comments
Keystroke to start a screen saver on the Mac

Have you ever wanted to initiate the screen saver of your Mac by hitting a keystroke combination? You’re not alone, and that’s what we’re going to show you how to do here. While OS X does not include this feature by default, we’ll demonstrate how to create an Automator system service that will accomplish the … Read More

Batch Renaming Groups of Files in Mac OS X with a DIY File Renamer Tool

Feb 10, 2014 - 4 Comments
Drag and drop batch renamer tool in Mac OS X

If you need to rename a group of files on a Mac by appending some text to each files name, a great free option is to use a simple Automator action and save it as an application. This is similar to the other Automator utilities we have built and covered here before, but this time … Read More

Make a Word & Character Counting Service for All Apps in Mac OS X

Jan 27, 2014 - 19 Comments
Word and character counting service for all apps in Mac OS X

While some writing and text apps have native word and character counters as part of their built-in feature set, not every app does. That can be changed easily though by creating an OS X Service that will provide word counts and character counts from just about anywhere on a Mac that text is selectable. This … Read More

Quickly Copy a File or Folder Path to the Clipboard in Mac OS X

Jun 19, 2013 - 25 Comments
Create a "Copy Path" Service in Mac OS X

There are a few ways to retrieve a file or folders full path from Mac OS X, and we’ll cover the two easiest methods here, and also a third option that utilizes a Service to instantly copy any path to the clipboard. First, we’ll use the Get Info panel to pull any items complete path, … Read More

Quit All Open Applications Instantly from the OS X Dock with a Simple Mac App

Jun 2, 2013 - 7 Comments
Quit all apps icon

If you’ve ever needed to quickly quit out of all open applications in Mac OS X, you’ve probably just resorted to flipping through every open application in the Dock, then hitting Command+Q, then repeating until everything is closed. But there’s a better way, and with an extraordinarily simple Automator app you can create a function … Read More

How to Remove Services from the Contextual Menu in Mac OS X

May 14, 2013 - 2 Comments
Services menu shown in the contextual menus of Mac OS X

Services and the service menu appears at the bottom of the contextual menu actions when you right-click (or control+click) any item in the Mac OS X Finder. These typically perform various actions, ranging from launching the selected file or folder in a specific app, to conversions that you’ve created yourself through Automator actions. Here is … Read More

Create a Contact Sheet of Thumbnails with Automator in Mac OS X

Apr 6, 2013 - 22 Comments
Generated Contact Sheet made through Services

Contact Sheets, often called Proof Sheets, are essentially columns and rows of image thumbnails, making a bunch of photos very easy to quickly review. Though they’re commonly used by photographers, they have a wide range of uses outside of the pro-photography world, from artists to designers to UI/UX engineers. Rather than creating a contact sheet … Read More

Batch Resize Pictures in Mac OS X Using Automator

Dec 20, 2011 - 23 Comments
Batch Resize Images in Mac OS X

Need to resize a ton of pictures? Instead of downloading a third party application or using Preview, you can use Automator to handle the entire operation, even renaming the images to indicate they have been resized to a new resolution. Automator is included in every Mac OS X installation’s /Applications/ folder and is simple to … Read More

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