|October 14, 2015|
Every Wednesday, I'll highlight one of my personal TextExpander shortcuts. I use TextExpander a lot to be more productive at work.
If you never heard of TextExpander, here's a brief blurb about TextExpander from Smile on my Mac: Save time and effort with TextExpander! Whether it's a simple email signature or several paragraphs of a standard response, you'll love how easy it is to use TextExpander to avoid typing the same thing over and over.
In my option, spending $44 on TextExpander is easily worth the money in long term productivity savings. This is my numbers so far:
I like a clean desktop and so every day I create a new folder with todays date as a filename where I can store all files that I work on that day. I do this so when I am looking for something, I can open that date folder. I find it better than having an out of control Document folder.
There must be a way for me to quickly create a folder on the desktop with today's date.
To simply my daily task, I created a TextExpander Shell Script shortcut called 'xdate' that will run this simple Bash script:
mkdir -p /Users/cryan/Desktop/$(date '+%m.%d.%Y')
I could have easily written it in AppleScript:
tell application "Finder"
do shell script "mkdir -p /Users/cryan/Desktop/$(date '+%m.%d.%Y')"
By adding the '-p' flag to the mkdir command, no error will be reported if a directory given as an operand already exists. I wanted the option to make sure that if I accidentally type the shortcut I don't see a 'Duplicate Folder' error message.
I am sure there's some practical way to do this by using Apple's launchd manager. Ideally it would be great to have this automatically done every time I login to my computer in the morning. I know that Apple's launchd manager has the ability to do that, and some time when I have a few minutes I'll learn how to set that up.
Hope this helps you write some awesome TextExpander code.
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