If you, like me, primarily script with Python dealing with the clipboard is a pain. You can either handle it manually with PyObjC or use the deprecated Appscript. Currently my scripts are about half and half. I just noticed there’s now a library, Rich Xerox, which will take care of this for you. Unfortunately it doesn’t do conversion between rtf and html for you. But you can just call textutil from the command line to do that.
I’d mentioned in passing in one of my Swift posts about using it as a scripting language. Someone on Twitter asked me if I’d convert from using Python to Swift for my scripts. It’s an excellent question that I really can’t answer fully at this stage. The language is still…
Really thorough iWork review up at Ars. It shows again why Ars remains one of the best tech sites on the web.
I’d add a few things. First to avoid font problems make sure you add the fonts you use on OS X to your iOS device using AnyFont. I use quite a few custom fonts in Keynote presentations and this lets me continue to use them. Likewise I have some Pages templates with custom fonts. While I don’t print often from iOS, it’s nice to have the option.
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A chemistry keyboard for iOS. Say what one will about the buggy keyboard APIs, but there’s some real clever innovation out there.
Change the Yosemite system font from Helvetica to Fira. I swear sometimes I think I’m the only one who liked Helvetica. Yes it’s slightly less readable as a system font but I can always tell at a glance what it says. Especially for repeated menus.
The perils of writing a 3rd party keyboard. Sounds like Apple’s third party keyboard APIs just aren’t ready for prime time. As you might expect given App Store dynamics the developers get all the blame.
Flashlight expands Spotlight to be more like Alfred or LaunchBar. It uses code injection though. So I’ll be sticking with LaunchBar.
An interesting script to sync a folder to itunes. (HT: Rocket Ink) I don’t think I’d want to use it due to the problems of deleting entries from iTune if the track isn’t in the file system right then. (Yes, I speak from experience – but it’s an even bigger problem I suspect with iTunes Match)
Michael Tsai has a great roundup of views of Apple’s Music Connect service. That’s the tab that puts you in contact with various bands. He didn’t quote it, but apparently the posting process is rather clunky. I tend to agree with those who find this underwhelming. I don’t think I…
The first thing I had to realize trying out Apple’s new Music service is that you have to rearrange how you think about iTunes. I’m one of those folk who threw up their hands in frustration when iTunes 11 came out with a quasi-iOS look and got rid of multiple…