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Link List for April 16th, 2014

Applr — Social iOS App Discovery

"Applr is the best way to discover new apps using your friends' recommendations."

Field Notes Planner System | Simple Ideas and Thoughts

Create a planner/organizer using 5 Field Notes notebooks. Interesting idea.

Organizing and Disabling TextExpander Snippets | Macdrifter

Organize your TextExpander snippets for use on your Mac, iOS devices, or specific applications.

Deckset for Mac: Turn your notes into beautiful presentations

Deckset creates slides from a simple Markdown file.

Swipe – simple, easy, interactive presentations.

Swipe, like Deckset, is a tool for creating slides. It supports various file formats, including Markdown, PDF, Keynote, images, and more.

How To Use The Foolscap Method To Move The Right Things Forward | Productivityist

Steven Pressfield on boiling down your idea for that book, organization, or project to notes on a single piece of foolscap.

Assigning Keyboard Shortcuts to Bookmarklets in Chrome

A while ago I posted about using Safari’s native keyboard shortcut for quick access to the bookmarks in your Bookmarks Bar. Unfortunately, Chrome doesn’t assign keyboard shortcuts to bookmarks natively. That doesn’t mean, however, that it can’t be done. First, go to System Preferences > Keyboard and click on the Keyboard Shortcuts tab. Click on Application Shortcuts—it should be an option on the left–hand side of the window.

Screen Shot 2013-02-23 at 3.00.35 PM
Screen Shot 2013–02–23 at 3.00.35 PM

Now click on the + to add a shortcut. Another dialogue box will pop up with three fields: Application, Menu Title, and Keyboard Shortcut. Here’s what you need to do in each of those three fields:

Application: Choose the appropriate application. In this case Google Chrome.

Menu Title: Type the name of the bookmark or bookmarklet, exactly as it appears in Chrome. For example, in the photo below, I would type “bitly Sidebar” if I wanted to assign a keyboard shortcut to that bookmark. For Pinboard I would type—yep, you guessed it—“Pinboard.”

Chrome Bookmarks Bar
Chrome Bookmarks Bar

Keyboard Shortcut: Assign your keyboard shortcut[1]. For easy reference, I assign ^1, ^2, ^3, etc. to the bookmarks in my Bookmarks Bar, moving from left to right.

Of course, you aren’t restricted to assigning keyboard shortcuts to the bookmarks in the Bookmarks Bar only. You can assign keyboard shortcuts to any bookmark you have saved. My most used bookmarks and bookmarklets tend to be located there, however, so they are the ones that are assigned shortcuts.

Now, if I want to send a blog post to Instapaper for later reading, I simply press ^1. Need to create a shortened bitly link for the page I’m currently on? ^5.

Slick.

This is easy to remember and can save you a lot of time over the long haul.

If you are a Chrome user on an Apple machine, then this is well worth your time to set up. Give it a try.

What are your favorite time–saving browser keyboard shortcuts or tips?



  1. You’ll want to make sure you don’t choose a shortcut that is already in use. Since Chrome uses ⌘1, ⌘2, ⌘3 as keyboard shortcuts to jump to open tabs, I use the Control key instead.  ↩

Getting the Most Out of Mail.app

Since Sparrow fell off the radar, I've adopted Postbox as my email client of choice. Though I've given Apple's native Mail.app a try for short periods of time in the past, I simply don't prefer it. That said, this post from App Storm may have convinced me to give it another try.  It's packed full of useful tips, suggested tweaks, and other information to help you get the most out of Mail.app and your email workflow.

If you're already a Mail.app user, then you should definitely give it a look.

If you use a different Mac or web email application, then perhaps this post will convince you to give it a(nother) try.

(via 52 Tiger)



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