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I have been using the Macintosh computer off and on since 1989. On Friday, I'll share some tips and tricks using the computer and various accessories. All reviews and tips are my own.

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Macintosh Blog Posts

I have been using the Macintosh computer off and on since 1989. On Friday, I'll share some tips and tricks using the computer and various accessories. All reviews and tips are my own.

A list of all the Blog Posts in this category.

July 7, 2022

eBay Sold Items

LaunchBar Actions are a great way to automate your workflow and save time. By using Actions, you can quickly and easily run scripts or commands that you use often.

There are many different types of LaunchBar Actions available, including Scripts, AppleScripts, Services, Automator Workflows, and UNIX Commands. You can also create your own custom actions.

To use an Action in LaunchBar, simply select it from the list of available actions and then press the Return key on your keyboard. The action will then be executed automatically.

ebay Sold Items

eBay Sold Template

This search template that I created allows you to quickly search sold items on eBay. This is useful when you want to know the price of a sold item. Just because people are selling an item for $20 doesn't mean that is what it is being sold for.

Creating the Template

  • Enable the LaunchBar and Show the Index -> Command Option i
  • Click on the "My Search Templates" on the right side.
  • Click the '+' on the bottom of the right window.
  • In the Name Field put in "ebay Sold items"
  • In the Template URL put in: "https://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_nkw=*&_sacat=0&LH_TitleDesc=0&LH_Complete=1&LH_Sold=1"

Launch Bar Search Templates
Follow along from the earlier instructions

Tips on Using this Action

  • Use the LaunchBar shortcut and type in "ebay"
  • First time you run this action, you may be asked permissions to lauch Chrome or Safari.
  • This action makes it so much quicker to find sold items on eBay. Once you use it a few times you'll see the benefits.
May 26, 2022

Google Chrome URL

Google Chrome has limited support for AppleScript. Which means that you can use third party tools, like LaunchBar, to be more productive.

I created a simple LaunchBar action that creates an anchor tag based on the current page loaded in Chrome. This action displays 2 formats - one HTML and the other Markdown. The HTML version is perfect for pasting in any HTML editor. The Markdown formatis great when you want to reference the page in a Slack chat.

Chrome H T M L Launch Bar
Download the Action

Installing the Action

  • Download the Chrome URL Action for LaunchBar
  • UnZip the file
  • Double Click on the file to properly install it in LaunchBar

Tips on Using this Action

  • Use the LaunchBar shortcut and type in "URL"
  • Hit Enter to create a link to the current Google Page.
  • The first time you use this action, Apple will ask you to allow LaunchBar to interact with Chrome - simple say Yes!
  • After the Permission box disappears you should see the URLs. Select the format that you would like to use, by default the HTML is selected.
  • Use "Shift Return" to insert the text in the current application
  • Use "Command C" to copy to the clipboard.
  • Use "Tab Title" to Convert the word to Title Case.
May 19, 2022

Random Email Generator

This week's LaunchBar Action is a Random Email Generator.

A random email generator is a great tool for engineers that want to test email functionality. Also great for consumers that don't want to use their real email address at the risk of getting tons of spam emails.

Emails addresses generated by this action can be check using Mailinator.

Random Email Launch Bar

Installing the Action

  • Download the Random Email Action for LaunchBar
  • UnZip the file
  • Double Click on the file to properly install it in LaunchBar

Tips on Using this Action

  • Use the LaunchBar shortcut and type in "Random"
  • Hit Enter to generate the Random Email
  • Use "Shift Return" to insert the text in the current application
  • Use "Command C" to copy to the clipboard.
  • Use "Tab Title" to Convert the word to Title Case.
May 12, 2022

Random Words

LaunchBar is a powerful productivity tool that helps you work faster and smarter. It provides instant access to your files, folders, applications, and more. With LaunchBar, you can launch apps with just a few keystrokes, search for information on the web or your computer quickly and easily, open documents and emails with just a couple of clicks, and more.

This week's LaunchBar action is a list of random words. This is useful when you need to test a listing functionality.

Launch Bar Random Words

Installing the Action

  • Download the Randoms Word Action for LaunchBar
  • UnZip the file
  • Double Click on the file to properly install it in LaunchBar

Tips on Using this Action

  • Use the LaunchBar shortcut and type in "Random" and use the down arrow to select Ransom Words
  • Hit Enter to generate the Random Words
  • Use "Shift Return" to insert the text in the current application
  • Use "Command C" to copy to the clipboard.
  • Use "Tab Title" to Convert the word to Title Case.
May 5, 2022

Random Word

This week's featured LaunchBar action is the basic Random Word. There are times when you are at a loss of what word to put in a field. This action makes it easy to have a random word generated whenever you need it.

RandomWordLaunchBar.jpg

Installing the Action

  • Download the Random Word Action for LaunchBar
  • UnZip the file
  • Double Click on the file to properly install it in LaunchBar

Tips on Using this Action

  • Use the LaunchBar shortcut and type in "Random"
  • Hit Enter to generate the Random Word
  • Use "Shift Return" to insert the text in the current application
  • Use "Command C" to copy to the clipboard.
  • Use "Tab Title" to Convert the word to Title Case.
June 11, 2021

Word Count LaunchBar Action

Sometimes I need a way to count a selected group of text. Usually, it's to see if it's long enough for a particular field.

If it was on a website, I would copy that text into BBEdit or another text editor. Then I would look at the status bar to see the number of words or length of the copied text.

There has to be a better way,

So I decided to create a LaunchBar action. It was really easy to do and a good task to brush up on my JavaScript skills.

Launch Bar Word Count

Using the Action

Now when I need to get the information, I just follow these steps.

  1. Select the text
  2. Use the 'Instant Send' keyboard short cut
  3. Click Tab
  4. Then type in 'Word' and then click return.

I get instant info on my selected text.

Download the Custom Action

I figured other people may want to use this so I am making it publicly available.

Word Count.lbaction
Click to Download

Download the action. After downloading, double-click on the zip file to uncompress it. Then double click on the file to install in LaunchBar

September 4, 2020

LaunchBar Image Actions

This week LaunchBar did it's yearly update (Version 6/13). The update include many changes to various features of the application. You can read all about the latest changes in the LaunchBar Release Note.

One of the changes that I wanted to check out is this Action Change:

Updated and improved image conversion actions (rotate, flip, resize, compress, etc.). They are now better chainable with subsequent actions ' the resulting images can be immediately sent to another action.

Launchbar Index

These actions are best using "Instant Send." To use Instant Send, simply select an image and then click on the shift key twice. Now you have the power of LaunchBar in your hands.

Image Conversion Actions

Let's say that you need to flip an image:

  • Select an Image.
  • Click on the Shift Key twice.
  • Type in Flip
  • Select Flip Image Horizontal or Flip Image Vertical
  • Click Return
  • Now You can perform another action, such as Resize or Recompress an Image.

To perform a compression, type in "Recompress." To Resize the image, type in "Resize." You can perform various actions to the same image.

The last task can be to airdrop the file to someone. Simply type in "air" and then

Just keep in mind when you perform these actions, the original image will be modified. If you want to do a comparison of the image, make a copy of the image.