Automation For OS X and iOS

A collection of articles I’ve found helpful.

OS X – Setup & Installation

Hacker’s Guide to Setting up Your Mac
A guide to setting up a new Mac quickly whilst leveraging the power of automation.

Homebrew
A packet manager for OS X

Homebrew Cask
Extends Homebrew allowing one to install apps.

OS X – Automator

Automator for Mac OS X: Tutorial and Examples
A tutorial covering some basic ways to use Automator.

Getting Started with JavaScript for Automation on Yosemite
Assumes working knowledge of JavaScript already.

OS X – Keyboard Maestro

A Beginner’s Guide to Automating Your Mac with Keyboard Maestro
Does what it says on the tin.

Keyboard Maestro I: Introduction
First in a series of tutorials meant for beginners.

iOS – Workflow

8 Reasons to Love the New Workflow App for iOS
Some Workflow basics.

Thought Asylum’s collection of Workflow Posts
Not just posts, but downloadable Workflows too.

iOS – Launch Center Pro

Automating iOS: A Comprehensive and Updated Guide to Launch Center Pro
A fantastic article on how to use Launch Center Pro

Launch Center Pro: An Adoption Strategy…
Not a how-to automate with LCP so much as a how-to force yourself to use LCP.

Quantified-Self: The Power Of Day One & Launch Center Pro**
Basics of using Day One and LCP together.

iOS – Day One

Day One / Templates
Tools and techniques to extend Day One. LCP, Workflow and TextExpander are all featured.

Hazel Rules – Seamwork Magazine

I have subscribed to Seamwork Magazine since the beginning, but it wasn’t until yesterday I got fed up enough with downloading and renaming the various files each issue is comprised of to actually do something about it.

I made a couple of Hazel rules (in order. This is important!) in my Downloads watched folder, I’m sure I’ve either done it “wrong” or in a terribly clunky way, but it works and that will do for now.

So now all I have to do is download the magazine PDF or pattern zip file in question to my downloads folder and they are automagically unzipped, renamed, tagged and moved to the correct locations and any leftover folders are deleted.

The Downloads watched folder

Unzip Archives

Act on Seamwork Folder

Seamwork Patterns Rename, Tag & Move

Seamwork Magazine Rename, Tag & Move

Renaming pattern

I replaced as follows (quotes not included, merely to show spaces etc.):

“seamwork-” with “Seamwork ”

“-all-1127” with “ all”

“-content-1127” with “ content”

“-instructions-1127” with “ instructions”

“-wide-1127” with “ wide”

“-“ with “ – “

I also checked Title Case.

Mental Note 1535

Reading

Food

Sewing

Knitting

Tech

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