⌘ The power of the Yoink

I’ve seen Yoink mentioned as an efficiency tool with lots of praise, but never quite understood the usage. I use a two pane file manager, so the concept went over my head. I tried Dropzone, but it never quite stuck. I put what in here? Then Yoink appeared on the front page of the App Store and for $5, I figured I should have another look. Plus, the demo was different than expected. It wasn’t until I was in DevonThink Office Pro that its power became apparent. I wanted to organize my notes, and while dragging, the Yoink container appeared. I needed to move notes from several different folders in a different database. It then hit me. I could drop all the files into Yoink, move to where I wanted, then drag them out at the destination. I wouldn’t have to keep going back to the source to get more files. “How cool is that?!” Yoink isn’t just for files. […]

💻 App Tamer, Fact or Fiction?

If you have a lot of open apps, and a lot of apps running in the background and menu bar, you might need App Tamer by St. Clair Software. App Tamer is a tool designed to help control resource hungry apps, throttle background apps, and even shut down apps when they go idle. But, is such a tool necessary? macOS does a fine job of managing and controlling apps. Apps that are native to the new M1 Apple Silicon should run great right? On my system, an old Intel, Mac Pro, with a dozen apps open at any one time, plus another dozen in the menu bar, lots of things are trying to use resources when in the background. Some times it’s not the apps you think. For example, if you push your browser to the background, should it keep using the same resources it did when it was in the fore? If you’re streaming videos yes, but if you’re […]

⛔ Path Finder, why do you disappoint me so?

After working with and enjoying Path Finder for about a year, it’s time for us to part ways, and not under good terms. Path Finder was a great deal in a previous Bundlehunt Sale, and is a full featured file management tool. So what’s the problem? Turns out it’s actually a subscription, and that doesn’t fly. It’s not just a simple matter of no more updates, I’m fine with that. The software reverts to Trial mode, the nags begin, and clearly it’s only a matter of days before it stops working. I can’t keep using what I’ve already paid for. I don’t rent software, so that’s the end of our relationship. I don’t agree with this sort of business model, so I’m not going to support it. What’s more frustrating, none of this is written out on the site. Nothing states the software stops working at the end of your “year.” You are entitled to free upgrades for a year […]

More file management with Keyboard Maestro

The spring cleaning of my drives has begun and with it comes several more helpful commands set up within Keyboard Maestro. While you can buy utilities that perform these same actions, by using Keyboard Maestro you can configure exactly how they work and chain them all together into a very handy set of utilities. I used my previous applet to move a whole series of files and folders, now I'm using another to clean my drive of all sorts of useless and wasteful files. For example, I don't need readme.txt files of 1k. Or file_id.diz of 1k. Or empty directories. Or .nfo files. Or .url files. Just to name a few. The may not take up much space, but in reality, they do. They occupy the full block of hard drive space, even if they are only a few bytes in size. Why clutter up the drive? Why clutter up a duplicate manager tool? Why clutter up an index tool […]

Keyboard Maestro makes a last minute appearance on the Party Barge

While researching Alfred, CopyLess and PopClip, I saw many references to Keyboard Maestro, but never quite understood what the app was for. It came across as a text expander, or a clipboard editor, or a keyboard mapper. So, taking a moment out to pause and reflect, it finally became clear to me. All those functions are a part of Keyboard Maestro. How is that possible? It makes a little more sense when Keyboard Maestro is presented as an extension or the next version of Automator. It uses a similar style of building blocks to chain actions together to accomplish tasks. At one end you can tie an action to a hotkey, and at the other, actions can be triggered by system events such as switching networks, or a USB drive being inserted. After downloading a copy, trying it out, watching some videos and assembling some blocks of my own, Keyboard Maestro jumps aboard the Party Barge just as we cast […]