Mac Power Users 176: Everyday Automation | Mac Power Users

Katie and David talk about the tips and tricks they use for automating their life. We discuss productivity through automation, the automated home and more.

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Mouse Trap (game)

Keyboard Maestro Work Faster with Macros for Mac OS X

Mac Power Users 145: Keyboard Maestro Turns 6

David and Katie take a look at the new version of Keyboard Maestro and discuss what it does, how you can use it to automate tasks on your Mac, when you should use Keyboard Maestro over other automation tools and choosing the right tool for the right job.

MPU 064: Keyboard Maestro

In this episode Katie and David get geeky with the automation and macro creation program Keyboard Maestro. For this episode, we’re joined special guest and Keyboard Maestro guru, Gabe Weatherhead aka MacDrifter.

Daily Journal – California’s Largest Legal News Provider


Mac Basics: Dictation

Microsoft Office for Mac

Pages for Mac

Keyboard Maestro 6: Macro Triggers


Fujitsu ScanSnap Scanners

Automatically Activate ScanSnap Software with Keyboard Maestro —

Automatically Copy Files To A Flash Drive Using Keyboard Maestro —

Mac Basics: Automator

MPU 070: Working with Automator

Apple automation guru, Ben Waldie, joins David and Katie to discuss incorporating Automator and AppleScript into your Mac workflows.

Field Guides — MacSparky

Email is relentless and, at times, overwhelming. Learn how email works so you can fight back. This book includes an explanation of underlying email technologies, best practices, and recommendations for the best software and services to help you conquer email.

TextExpander: Mac Typing Shortcut Utility Saves You Time

Type more with less effort! TextExpander saves your fingers and your keyboard, expanding custom keyboard shortcuts into frequently-used text and pictures…

TextExpander Snippets — MacSparky

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BusyCal is the ultimate OS X calendar app — packed with powerful time-saving features in a friendly, easy-to-use package


Mynd – Smart Calendar & Meeting Scheduler

Mynd Calendar from Alminder Inc. is an intelligent mobile calendar


Hazel watches whatever folders you tell it to, automatically organizing your files according to the rules you create.

Hazel Rules — MacSparky

Paperless — MacSparky

Paperless takes the mystery (and fear) out of going paperless with your Apple technology. The book includes 32 screencasts, 4 movies, over 26,000 words, and other rich-media assets to turn you into a paperless ninja.

PDFpen OCR Folder Action Script — MacSparky

Automatically OCR Documents with Hazel and PDFpen —

WeMo Home Automation


IFTTT on the App Store on iTunes

Put the internet to work for you.IFTTT lets you create powerful connections with one simple statement — if this then that.


Google Drive

Create new documents, spreadsheets, and presentations on your own or share and collaborate with others in real time.

Meet hue – Philips hue

Philips Hue on the App Store on iTunes

Meet the hue app. The amazing way to control every Philips hue bulb in your home.

Belkin WeMo Lightbulbs

Life & Smart Home Awesomation – Revolv

Finally, one simple solution to unify all your brand name “smart home” and lifestyle devices. It’s a single automated experience worth getting giddy over!


The SmartThings app and Hub will instantly connect to different sensors, locks, light switches, outlets, thermostats, and other compatible devices in your home.

The Wireless HiFi System from Sonos

Canary – Smart home security for everyone

Dropcam – Wi-Fi Video Monitoring with Cloud Recording

Review: Dropcam Pro —

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