Forked by Brett Terpstra, nv ALT is a quick way to take notes using just your keyboard.Just hit a keyboard combination and nv ALT opens, ready to capture whatever you throw at it.They allow find and open files quickly, do things like quick calculations, search your clipboard history, control i Tunes media playback, create custom searches, and so much more.
There is so much quality software out there, it’s easy to get overwhelmed with all the options.
In this post we set out to show you the applications we consider essential for getting serious work done on your Mac.
Once you start applying these macros, it will change how you use your computer.
Mike wrote an article about Keyboard Maestro awhile back that includes some video examples to help you get started.#7: Hazel – Hazel is an automated file organization utility that can watch whatever folders you tell it to and organize your files according to whatever rules you create.
For example, I have a Hazel rule that watches my Download folder and if anything is over 1 week old it labels it “Red” and moves it to my “Action Items” folder on my desktop, which I clean up at the end of the day.
Hazel is also an essential part of pretty much any paperless workflow, and we have an article that takes you through a simple setup. Inside the Dojo we have even more workflows that are shared by our members.#8: nv ALT – nv ALT is in desperate need of an update, but it’s still an essential part of our capture workflow.
We have a video guide to using Text Expander if you need some help to get started with it.
#4: Alfred/Launchbar – Alfred and Launchbar are both classified as application launchers, but that’s just scratching the service of what these apps can do.
A good productivity app should reduce friction and amplify good habits, and all of these meet those criteria.#1: Dropbox – While you could argue that isn’t really an app (more of a service), Dropbox is essential for how we work at Asian Efficiency. are stored in Dropbox which makes it very easy to collaborate on projects as a team even though we are located all over the world.