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Who Makes Keynote?

Basically, Apple makes Keynote. Keynote is a presentation software application developed as a part of the iWork productivity suite by Apple Inc. Keynote 5 was announced on January 6, 2009, and is the most recent version for the Macintosh. It adds new themes, transitions and animations, and the ability to control the slideshow with an iPhone or iPod touch through the Keynote Remote application. On January 27, 2010, Apple announced a new version of Keynote for iPad with an all new touch interface.

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Add Shell Script To Dock

Want to add a shell script to Dock? If you don’t need a Terminal window, you can make any executable file an Application just by moving example.sh to example.sh.app/Contents/MacOS/example.sh. You can place the Application in your dock like any other, and execute it with a click.

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How can I Growl from the Terminal?

growlnotify is a command-line tool to post Growl notifications. You can control all aspects of the notification within any boundaries set up in the Growl pane of System Preferences. It can be very useful in shell scripts. Installation Step 1: Download the standard Growl package for your system Step 2: Open the disk image, go into the “extras” folder, and then into the growl notify folder, and run the .pkg file. The Installer package for growlnotify is in the growlnotify folder in the Extras folder on the Growl disk image. Simply open the Installer package and follow the on-screen instructions. You can read more on the Growl Notify Tool on the growl extras page. It does note that you should not use growlnotify in your applications, because you should use their SDK instead.

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Access Hidden Files with Quicksilver

Access Hidden Files with Quicksilver You may be wondering if Quicksilver Indexes Hidden Files – or if you can access them with Quick Silver. The short version is that if you use the alt / option key and the / key or hold alt / option and right arrow into a folder with quicksilver, it will show you the hidden files inside of it. This also works for special folders, like Applications (.app) Access QuickSilver. Start entering Mac and one of the top options is Macintosh HD Select Macintosh HD but before opening it up with the action ‘Open’, enter “Alt – /” . This will give you access to all the hidden files in that Folder. now you can use QuickSilver to access the host file, Macintosh HD/Private/etc/hosts By entering “?” you can move up a level if you get to the hosts file but want to access ‘etc’ folder to change the ‘read/write’ security settings of the host file. These are different ways to do the same, I suggest using QuickSilver to access the hidden file, ‘private/etc/hosts’ to access the host file and making the modifications you need manually. So, yes, Quicksilver Indexes Hidden Files, sort of. Thanks to Juan

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In Snow Leopard the Play / Pause media button (on the F8 key) opens up iTunes. How can I disable that? Preferably keeping the old Leopard behaviour, so I can use it to control other media applications (e.g. Spotify). Some French mac user did a great job to make a patch for this bug. It patches rcd, which is updated every mac version (so keep the patch up to date with this topic [1]). You can download the file here: MMFix.dmg.zip

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Textmate: Select Balanced HTML Tag

If you’re trying to select the balanced HTML tag or Enclosing Tag in Textmate there is an article here that talks about it. http://subtlegradient.com/articles/2007/11/15/select-balanced-html-tag.html Unfortunately the article does not give a link to download. Try this out instead:   https://github.com/subtleGradient/SelectStuff.tmbundle How to install your new textmate bundle? Basically just extract the file you download and then go into each of the folder and double click on the tmbundle files. http://manual.macromates.com/en/bundles Also check out the HTML5 bundle: https://github.com/subtleGradient/HTML5.tmbundle

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Dropbox Command Line Interface (CLI)

Dropbox has some great functionality for their Unix client: Dropbox command-line interface commands: Note: use dropbox help to view usage for a specific command. status get current status of the dropboxd help provide help puburl get public url of a file in your dropbox stop stop dropboxd running return whether dropbox is running start start dropboxd filestatus get current sync status of one or more files ls list directory contents with current sync status autostart automatically start dropbox at login exclude ignores/excludes a directory from syncing Unfortunately this functionality is not extended to Mac OS X (Dropbox.app) or Windows (dropbox.exe). To show your support for this feature request, please vote it up here: https://www.dropbox.com/votebox/2713/command-line-interface or visit this thread and make your argument and/or show your support: http://forums.dropbox.com/topic.php?id=29158

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Command + V (paste) not available in certain dialogs with Mac OS X

This is a question that I’m hoping one of you power users will answer: My Workflow When using some programs (like Firefox) if I pull up a file open dialog (Cmd+O) then I can press Cmd+Shift+G and get a “Go to the Folder” dialog. I can then use Cmd+V and paste in the path that I had previously copied to the clipboard. However,¬†sometimes¬†Cmd+V is not available. This happens a lot with Chrome and the File Select dialog.

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Set Finder to Search “File Name” instead of “Contents” on Mac OS X Leopard

Here’s my solution to getting the “File Name” box by default when pressing Cmd-F when in a finder window on Mac OS X. This is not perfect, but it’s pretty good. Since it has to call automator / applescrpt there might be a 1 second delay after you press the key. Let me know if anybody has a way to speed that up. So… Note: There is an easier way to do this (than below). Instead of using cmd-f just use cmd-shift-f and it will default to file name instead of contents :) However, if you are really set on having Cmd+f search file names, check out the section below. Part I: Create a Service with Automator Launch Automator and choose “New Service” Click on the record button and when it is recording, choose a finder window, and do something, like change the view prefernces (icons, list, anything really). Then press stop recording. Back in automator you will now have your recording, but at the top you will also have something that says “Service Receives” and change that from “text” to “no input” and then choose “Finder” for the application. If you didn’t do the previous step of recording something where you activated finder, you won’t be able to select finder her. Remove the thing you recorded in the right hand pane, and then choose Applescript from the left side. Paste in this code: on run {input, parameters} tell application “System Events” to tell process “Finder” set frontmost to true … Continue reading

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The iPod of 2004

I have some old magazines laying around. This morning I was looking at one and flipped it over; And I thought, “Wow. Today the iPad 2 is coming out. And I don’t think of this magazine as being all that old.” Was it really that long ago that we would pay $299 for a 20GB mp3 player who’s advertising highlighted it’s ability to shuffle songs? No color screen, no video capabilities, no WiFi, and less memory than on a typical USB flash drive. Crazy.

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