Archive for the “Tools/Utilities” category

Shell scripting: Creating sequential numbers and text

by john on November 25, 2013

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 (…)

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Open source mind mapping app for OS X

by john on November 20, 2013

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 open source tool and library

by john on November 13, 2013

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 (…)

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Code review and auditing tools

by john on November 12, 2013

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 (…)

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Manage Mavericks tags from the command line

by john on November 1, 2013

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 (…)

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Crash course on AWK

by john on October 30, 2013

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 (…)

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Open Source Screen Capture Tool

by john on February 23, 2009

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 (…)

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Chm Viewer – Chmox

by john on May 22, 2008

Chmox is a chm viewer for Mac OS X.


by john on May 21, 2008

I recently bumped into a clever tool for soliciting debugging help. Pastebin is a web-app where you upload a snippet of code for others to review. Viewers can makes changes and suggestions to the code in a separate window. There (…)

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Converting Images Types

by john on May 6, 2008

I continue to find the Preview application to be a handy little tool. It’s not that Preview supports an enormous feature set for working with images, as much as each time over the last few months that I’ve look to (…)

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Screencasts with ScreenFlow – Part 3

by john on April 11, 2008

I’ve covered some of the basics for working with ScreenFlow in the two previous posts. At this point I want to show you a non-conventional way that I use screencasts on a regular basis. What I am referring to is (…)

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Screencasts with ScreenFlow – Part 2

by john on April 8, 2008

This is the second post in a series that demonstrates the features of ScreenFlow, a powerful application for creating screencasts.

Screencasts with ScreenFlow – Part 1

by john on April 7, 2008

ScreenFlow is an application for creating screencasts. This first post in a series show the basics for creating and editing videos.

NetBeans 6.1, Ruby and AppleScript

by john on April 2, 2008

Screencast to demonstrate using NetBeans, Ruby and rb-appscript together to control scriptable applications on Mac OS X.

ScreenSteps – Part 2

by john on March 31, 2008

Revisiting where I left off in ScreenSteps Part 1, I had an interest to try the export to blog feature, for obvious reasons. When you chose to export to a blog, the content you create in ScreenSteps is uploaded to (…)

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Copy Finder Path to Clipboard – Tip 2

by john on March 28, 2008

Copy path from Finder to clipboard, including drag and drop support for folders within the Finder window.

Copy Finder Path to Clipboard – Tip 1

by john on March 27, 2008

Show how to copy the path of Finder into the clipboard.

Open Terminal Here…

by john on March 25, 2008

Must have utility of for quickly opening a terminal from within Finder on Mac OS X.