Mac OS X offers you the possibility to limited the set of applications to run on your machine to ones that are from the Mac App Store (MAS) and/or an identified — read registered with Apple — developer. The system setting that goes with it can be found under the 'General' tab of your Mac's 'Security & Privacy' preference pan.
It is a great way to make your computer a little safer. However, every now and then you come across a situation where you intentionally want to install or run a piece of software that is not from the MAS or an identified developer. While you should know what you are doing, it still is a perfectly valid scenario as for example not all developers opted to be on the MAS or did not bother to registered with Apple for their little side project.
In earlier versions of this OS X feature you then had to go into System Preferences, open the 'Security & Privacy' settings, unlock the preference pan with your Administrator password, change the setting to allow software from 'Anywhere' to run and restart the application or it's installation process.
Some time ago, before Mavericks, Apple made this process a lot smarter and I only came across that improvement by accident but am now enjoying it every time I need or want to install/run a piece of software from "the wild".
After you attempted to install or run the application in question and got above dialog window go straight into your 'Security & Privacy' preference pan and you'll find the below option on your 'General' tab
Mac OS X has registered your attempt to install or run unsigned software and while it blocked it per your security settings, it gives you the option to pull a "one off" exception and open it anyway.
Once you used that option the exact application (not the next version or the next download!) will become "trusted".
You have to love these little touches that make life a little easier.
Update: As my smart Twitter followers pointed out, there is an even simpler way by Ctrl-clicking (aka right clicking) the application and choosing 'Open'. Blimey!
When you drag and drop a file onto the Evernote dock icon or into a note itself the document in question gets imported. However, the concept of notes in Evernote expands beyond a single file and as a consequence the imported file is treated as an attachment to a newly created note with the note and the file maintaining their own creation and modification dates.
The below script, originating from the Evernote user forum, takes a different approach and ensure that creation and modification date of the note in Evernote match the one of the imported file. It also sets the note's Source URL to point back to the file in Finder.
property importNotebook : "inbox"
tell application "Finder" to set selectedFiles to (selection)
repeat with f in selectedFiles
tell application "Finder"
set creationDate to creation date of f
set modificationDate to modification date of f
set sourceUrl to URL of f
tell application "Evernote"
set filepath to POSIX path of (f as text)
set newNote to create note title (name of f) from file (filepath as POSIX file) notebook importNotebook
set creation date of newNote to creationDate
set modification date of newNote to modificationDate
set source URL of newNote to sourceUrl
You can either use Automator and create a Mac OS X Service from it or, with a few small modifications, turn it into a simple Alfred Workflow. The more complex Alfred Evernote Workflow already exists.
The learning curve of OmniFocus is well known and still represents a major challenge for those that like to adopt the software. Even though we can expect OmniFocus 2 (for Mac) to become more intuitive for the novice user, power user applications will always require a degree of learning to master them. Once you master OmniFocus you'll get all the benefits of one of the most comprehensive task management solution around.
Books like Kourosh Dini's "Creating Flow with OmniFocus" can help, but sometimes you wish for more practical and hands-on support as you explore the application and the different options to set it up. This is where Tim Stringer's new platform "Learn OmniFocus" comes in: It will provide online training, webinars and video tutorials.
Tim is no stranger to the OmniFocus community, has been featured on the OmniGroup blog and I had the pleasure to meet and present with him at the OmniFocus Setup event in January this year during the San Francisco Macworld.
Hence I have no doubts that "Learn OmniFocus" will be a rather helpful resource. Sign-up to the launch notification newsletter and get ready to up your OmniFocus game.
Sanctuary4 — Charging Four Devices At the Same Time
My family owns a high number of iOS devices (six to be precise — blame me for this) and all need charging. The result is a lot of cables and an aesthetically unpleasing mess on the kitchen counter. The Bluelounge Sanctuary4 that I just ordered will hopefully change this. The 99$ (or 99€) it comes at is no Black Friday deal. But rather than saving by buying something I do not need, I rather spent money on something that helps me solve a little problem I really have.
I got my iPad Air Black Friday deal earlier this morning from Apple in Germany already, so got that checked off.