Tools/Utilities

…easily run many of the system level Unix shell scripts that perform maintenance routines as well as clearing many of the cache files used by OS X – @yasuapp

A lightweight plain-text editor for OS X – CotEditor Project

From jot man page:

The jot utility is used to print out increasing, decreasing, random, or redundant data, usually numbers, one per line.

I use jot within bash to provide sequences of both numbers and text, the later is really handy for generating a series of filenames.

The posts below include several examples of jot:

The Multipurpose jot Command
A primer on using jot

Tae Won Ha is the author of QMind:

Qmind is a mind mapping app for your Mac which is meant to be compatible to FreeMind.

Full Objective-C source code is included.

cURL:

Curl is a command line tool for transferring data specified with URL syntax. libcurl is the library curl is using to do its job.

cURL is an awesome tool for talking to web-services via the command line. You can use libcurl if you need to embed cURL functions into an application, for example a test tool to exercise your Mac or iOS apps.

Phabricator is an open source collection of tools for:

reviewing and auditing code;
browsing repositories;
tracking bugs;
hiding stuff from coworkers; and
also some other things.
so features; such applications;

In addition to the GUI interface, there are command line tools available.

As a guy who spends much of his time in a terminal, this looks interesting…

James Berry:

tag is a command line tool to manipulate tags on Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks files, and to query for files with those tags. tag can use the file system’s built-in metadata search functionality to rapidly find all files that have been tagged with a given set of tags.

Bill Phillips of Big Nerd Ranch presents a short intro to AWK:

If I’m hacking together something on the command line, chances are good that I’m using AWK for some part of it.

There are plenty of great resources on how to use AWK. Rather than write another one, this short post will show you the basics of what AWK is, and what it’s good for.

This is a good post to get the 30,000 foot view of AWK and its use on Mac OS X.

I’ve been on the hunt for an open source screen cature tool for the Mac. I finally found what I was looking for, a tool that in which you can specify the exact size of the capture window. Let me explain…

In the process of creating screenshots to accompany applications submitted to the App Store, you can include up to 5 images. Although the images can be anything you like, typically the images consist of screenshots of an application running in the iPhone simulator. When working with the simulator there are two sizes used most frequently, 320w x 460h (Apple recommends not to show the status bar across the top) and 480w x 320h (landscape mode).
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