App of the Week

Sequel Pro

While working on my converter for Maian Support this week, I was working with MySQL databases quite a bit. If I had to use phpMyAdmin to manipulate databases the job would have taken much longer; fortunately there are apps that can work remotely with MySQL (and other) databases and speed up the process over a web app.

A TicketDesk Pro-to-Maian Support Converter

A TicketDesk Pro-to-Maian Support Converter

Last year I upgraded the support ticket system for one of my sites, from TicketDesk Pro to Maian Support. As part of that process I had to write a converter for the data so I could retain my ticket history in one place.

Setting Timers with Siri

Setting Timers with Siri

This last week I happened across a feature in Siri that I’ve not seen mentioned anywhere else: setting timers. It’s as simple as saying something like “Set a five-minute timer” and Siri at once begins counting down.

Show my timer” will display the time remaining right within Siri, both digitally and on a horizontal scale, and “Cancel timer” will reset a running timer to its initial duration. Tapping the display takes you to the timer in the Clock app.

App of the Week

App of the Week

There are ways to access your iCloud files in Finder, but the two predominant methods give you either a list of all documents in iCloud or a bizarre list of folders that contain your documents. Although it’s been out for a while, I was introduced this week to an app that shows you your iCloud documents on a per-app basis.

A Service for Merlin Mann

A Service for Merlin Mann

If you’ve not heard of Merlin Mann, well, he’s the entertaining co-host of such podcasts as Back to Work and You Look Nice Today (NSFW), and has appeared on numerous tech podcasts like MacBreak Weekly, which is where I first heard him. He also has number of websites bearing his imprint.

Recently Merlin appeared on Brett Terpstra’s Systematic podcast and during his various ramblings on productivity he mentioned:

Removing FeedBurner

Removing FeedBurner

In the wake of Google’s announcement that they are shutting down Google Reader, I have decided to remove support for FeedBurner, the service they purchased in 2007, from this site.

Message ID vs. Message ID

Message ID vs. Message ID

When identifying a message in Mail, you have two choices: id and message id. The former is a sequential integer unique to your copy of Mail; you can use it in an AppleScript if you know the message’s mailbox and account. The latter is unique to the message itself and is assigned by the first mail transfer agent that finds the message without one.

Dealing with the iCloud Junk Mailbox

Dealing with the iCloud Junk Mailbox

One of iCloud’s annoying features is its server-side spam filtering. Besides the utterly opaque side of the filtering, where it may simply refuse to deliver a message to a recipient based on the content, there’s the side that delivers other messages it judges to be spam to your Junk mailbox.

A Default Composition Font for Mail

A Default Composition Font for Mail

A couple days ago I became aware of an app on the Mac App Store that purported to solve a problem that I was only vaguely aware that I had. As I read about it, I understood something about Mail that has apparently bothered a number of people that send rich text messages.

AirDrop for iOS and OSX

AirDrop for iOS and OSX

Choosing a Meeting Planner App

Choosing a Meeting Planner App

The Holy Grail of Mail-to-PDF Conversion

The Holy Grail of Mail-to-PDF Conversion

Perhaps the title of this post is overblown, but I’ve long wanted to be able to automatically create PDFs from email messages and although I’ve searched high and low the solution has eluded me—until now.

OS X applications can create a PDF from a document when they’re printed, and Mail is no exception: simply choose File > Print when a message is selected and then choose Save as PDF… from the PDF menu in the lower right corner of the Print sheet.