Mac Power User Workflows

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Presentation Given at Macworld/iWorld on March 27, 2014 by David Sparks (www.macsparky.com) and Katie Floyd (www.katiefloyd.me) of Mac Power Users (www.macpowerusers.com)

Are you getting the most out of your Apple technology? David Sparks and Katie Floyd of the popular Mac Power Users Podcast take you through their favorite workflows for getting work done using your Mac and iOS devices. This session will include explanations and demonstrations of David and Katie’s favorite workflows to save time and enhance productivity on the Mac and iOS. During this session they’ll explain how and why they developed each workflow and walk through, step-by-step, how they built and use the workflow. David and Katie have picked the best workflows from five years of the Mac Power Users and are bringing it all together for this special event.

Attendees will learn about popular tools and applications available on Mac and iOS to increase productivity and efficiency as well as best practices and tips for sharing files, keeping information in sync, managing the onslaught of information and more. Moreover, attendees will learn how to build their own workflows to help them manage the bottlenecks in their lives.

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Mac Power User Workflows

  1. 1. Mac Power Users Workflows David Sparks and Katie Floyd
  2. 2. About Us
  3. 3. Hi, I’m David
  4. 4. Hi, I’m Katie
  5. 5. How This Works 5 Minutes Per Trick 8 Tricks GO!
  6. 6. ⌘P
  7. 7. Demo
  8. 8. Mail Act-On
  9. 9. Delayed Send
  10. 10. Quickly File Messages
  11. 11. Quick Reply Templates
  12. 12. http://www.indev.ca/ MailActOn.html
  13. 13. SendLater
  14. 14. http:// www.chungwasoft.com/ sendlater/
  15. 15. http:// www.chungwasoft.com/ cargolifter/
  16. 16. ForgetMeNot
  17. 17. http:// www.chungwasoft.com/ forgetmenot/
  18. 18. Attachment Tamer
  19. 19. http://lokiware.info/ Attachment-Tamer
  20. 20. defaults write com.apple.mail DisableInlineAttachmentViewi ng -bool yes
  21. 21. Calendar Hacks
  22. 22. Problem:
 Coordinating Group Meetings
  23. 23. Answer:
 Doodle.com
  24. 24. Important
  25. 25. Safety
  26. 26. Tip
  27. 27. Never Tell a Judge, “I’ll Doodle you.”
  28. 28. Problem:
 Better Meeting Reminders
  29. 29. Answer:
 TextExpander
  30. 30. Problem:
 I Need to See 
 More Days
  31. 31. Answer 1:
 Terminal
  32. 32. Answer 1:
 Terminal
  33. 33. defaults write com.apple.iCal CalUIDebugDefaultDaysInWeekView XX
  34. 34. Demo
  35. 35. Answer 2:
 BusyCal
  36. 36. Goal • Remotely restart Mac • Log in to decrypt FileVault • Leave Mac in a secure state
  37. 37. sudo fdesetup authrestart
  38. 38. Other Uses: • Mount network volume when connected to Wi-Fi • Launch ScanSnap software when scanner hood is lifted • Restart iTunes on Mac mini twice a day • Eject drives when not in use • Launch applications at setup • And much more….
  39. 39. More Info: • MPU 064: Keyboard Maestro • MPU145: Keyboard Maestro Turns 6 • MPU176: Everyday Automation • MPU181: Workflows with TJ Luoma
  40. 40. Automator Email
  41. 41. Demo
  42. 42. + + =
  43. 43. IFTTT Recap: • If I leave an area • Then create a file in my Dropbox named “lock_computer”
  44. 44. The AppleScript: tell application "ScreenSaverEngine" activate end tell
  45. 45. Demo
  46. 46. Demo
  47. 47. Demo
  48. 48. Demo
  49. 49. Hazel for File Automation
  50. 50. Step 1: Sign Up
  51. 51. OpenDNS Servers: 208.67.222.222! 208.67.220.220
  52. 52. Step 2: Update Your Router
  53. 53. Step 3: Configure OpenDNS
  54. 54. More Info: • MPU Screencast 004: Configuring OpenDNS • MPU010: Mac Security • MPU17: DNS and Macworld 2010 • MPU067: Web Security and your Apple Devices
  55. 55. Find Us MacPowerUsers.com ! MacSparky.com ! KatieFloyd.me
  56. 56. More Sessions! MacPowerUsers.com ! MacSparky.com ! KatieFloyd.me
  57. 57. Thanks! ! Questions?

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