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Mac Geek Gab mentions DEVONthink and other needful things

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Our friends at MacObserver mentioned DEVONthink, EasyFind, and more again in their excellent Mac Geek Gab podcast, episode 679: Quick Tips, Cool Stuff Found, High Sierra, and KRACK are the topics today, but that means you’re in for a real treat. The goal is for everyone to learn at least four (4!) new things, but today you’re guaranteed to learn a whole lot more. DEVONthink is mentioned around minute 41, our freeware at 43’30”. CLICK HERE to listen to the...

EasyFind and more in Mac Geek Gab episode 549

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In episode 549 of their podcast Mac Geek Gab John F. Braun and Dave Hamilton pull out their favorite utilities and services and present them to you in a compact 1 hour 19 minute podcast. Ideal for your drive home in pre-weekend traffic. Around minute 7:31 they also mention our free find-file utility EasyFind. It’s time for Cool Stuff Found. Your two favorite geeks do their level best to sift through everything they’ve found and everything you’ve submitted, pulling out their...

Write better copy with a free readability check

Writing copy text that’s easy to read is, well, not easy. Especially Germans like me tend to build long nested sentences. Fortunately there are simple mechanical tools like, e.g., the Automated Readability Index. It counts the sentences, words, and letters in a text and returns an estimate on how difficult it is to read. The number it spits out correlates roughly to the US grade level. To make it easier for myself to use the ARI in any context, I have wrapped it into an...

Tuesday tip: Shortcuts to XMenu’s Custom folder

XMenu’s user-defined menu allows you to build you very own menu extra menu. You just have to add your own documents, apps, or scripts to its Custom folder. In XMenu’s Preferences first check the User-Defined option to make the menu appear. Right-click this menu, which appears with a gear icon, to quickly show its folder. It is always named Custom. Add and remove files to or from this folder to customize the menu’s content to your needs. Sometimes, however, you may want to add or remove items even more quickly....

WordService and CalcService on the App Store

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Last week we’ve released updates for our popular freeware services WordService and CalcService. Today Apple has approved them for the App Store, too. Now you have the choice whether you’d like to install them directly from our download page or from the App Store.

DEVONagent 3.8.1 and many freeware updates

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DEVONagent helps you find whatever you’re looking for using the search engines of choice. Version 3.8.1 gives you even more accurate results, skips Amazon results, and comes with updated MacUpdate plugin and Twitter Accounts scanner. In addition, DEVONagent Pro 3.8.1 executes menu scripts in the background now. So they no longer interrupt your important research work. The update fixes an incompatibility to DEVONthink 2.7.6, too. We have also packaged the freeware CalcService, WordService, and BlueService services as applications. Install them like any other application and...

“Squirrel it!”

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As the older among you may already know I cannot resist to sometimes post a nice comment we’ve received from a happy user. Last week the following message reached us: Doing some work on an SMB server and we are having such difficulty finding anything. We tried bridge, even spotlighting the entire server. This is a Fortune 500 company and me and my boss gave up on IT and started using EasyFind. Just wanted to share my thanks and praise....

Tuesday Tip: Connect to server, XMenu-style

If you find yourself needing to mount remote volumes fairly often, here’s handy way to do it from XMenu‘s User-Defined menu instead of littering your Desktop with aliases. First things first… in XMenu’s Preferences, you’ll need the User-Defined menu On. Also, you’ll need to mount a remote volume or machine and ideally be showing drive icons on your Desktop. Right-click XMenu’s User-Defined icon in the menubar (it looks like a gear) and choose Open Folder. Now holding your Command and...

Tuesday Tip: Code snippets, XMenu-style

Sometimes writing AppleScripts is monotonous. You end up typing the same thing over and over again. To this end we can buy a snippet organizer or we could use XMenu to assist. Here are two ideas to speed things up… 1. In XMenu’s Snippets menu you can store bits of code in plain-text files (or even in AppleScript’s text format: .applescript files). Then when you have a new script to write you can choose one of these snippets and the...

Tuesday Tip: Organize your XMenu

You may not really think about it, but under-the-hood of each XMenu icon is a simple Finder folder. This means you can create subfolders within these folders to help organize the menu contents. For example, say you didn’t want to show the Applications menu (since you’ve installed waaay too many apps like me!) but you wanted to use XMenu for an app launcher. First, make sure you’ve turned on the User-Defined menu in XMenu’s Preferences. Now right-click the User-Defined menu...