March 12, 2006

I’m all sixes and sevens and nines

Posted in Commentary at 8:40 pm by Michael Sweeney Media

Tumbling dice, thats what we in IT feel our jobs are like at times. When the dice land right, it’s great, when they land wrong, oh man, so wrong can it be. The good news is that I’m not a programmer today, the programmers are pulling an all nighter to get a data conversion on track and back where it belongs. Poor guys, better you than me. Been there, done that.

Anyways.. back to some of the weekend’s finds. I mentioned that I joined Apple’s development club and I found a very cool presentation on Automator assuming you have membership. If not, I strongly suggest to you to join just to get access to some cool tutorials and information like this.

Go to Apple’s dev site and look for “WWDC Session 130: Writing AppleScript Automator Actions“. Between the video of the session, the PDFs like “Automator Programming Guide” and other goodies, it’s a gold mine of information for those of us who want to really get into the nuts and bolts of Automator.

Before you go there to pore over PDFs, go to this site and check out the PDF browser plugin for Safari. It’s a freebie for home and educational use. I find it very useful to load the PDF right into a browser pane and then decide to keep it or not. Here is the blurb on the plugin:

“The Schubert|it PDF Browser Plugin perfectly integrates into your web browser and with its great Mac look & feel it looks like it always belonged into it. Easy to use and intuitive toolbar buttons give you quick access to the most common features, and a standard Action menu lets you access everything else – even while the toolbar is hidden in cases when you need the maximum screen real estate.”



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