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TECHSHOW “Mac Mastery” Downloads

In addition to attending great sessions and meeting interesting people, I presented two sessions at the ABA TECHSHOW in Chicago last week. One of them, Mac Mastery: Top Mac Workflows Used By Real Attorney, featured a few automation workflows and other processes I use in my practice. I shared a link to a page during the presentation, and indicated I would later publish downloads of the various workflows to the page. That page is now populated with the downloads and other information:

TECHSHOW 2019 – Mac Workflows


BBEdit to MarsEdit (AppleScript)

You can never own too many text editors. Okay, I can never own too many text editors. I recently splurged on BBEdit, the venerable HTML and text editor for the Mac. There’s something pleasurable about tweaking BBEdit to use it as a blogging tool. One such tool I hacked together is an AppleScript to send a post from BBEdit to MarsEdit for final publishing. Here’s how you do it.

Paste the following text into the Script Editor app on your Mac (warning: I’m no coder, and did this through trial and error based on other scripts, so this script probably contains some completely unnecessary code):

on run
	tell application "BBEdit" to set theFile to file of document 1
	
	
	set appleScriptPath to theFile as text
	set currentURL to POSIX path of appleScriptPath
	set currentURL to ("file://" & currentURL)
	
	tell application "MarsEdit"
		activate
		make new document
		tell document 1
			set body to theFile
		end tell
		activate
	end tell
end run

Compile then save the AppleScript. For the final step, you need to move this AppleScript to the BBEdit scripts folder. Get there by clicking on the Scripts icon near the far right of the BBEdit menu, and choosing “Open Scripts Folder.”

BBEdit menu item - Scripts folder

Once the AppleScript is in place, it will appear at the bottom of the dropdown when you click on the Scripts icon. Selecting it will take the text in BBEdit, and open it in a new MarsEdit document. I wrote the initial draft of this post in BBEdit, before using the AppleScript to send it to MarsEdit for final edits, adding of the image, assigning tags and categories, and sending off to WordPress.


ABA TECHSHOW 2019

ABA TECHSHOW 2019 logo

Whether you’re a tech geek or not, you should consider attending the ABA TECHSHOW if you want to make your practice more efficient. It’s not just for lawyers, but for anyone in the legal field. In addition to the dozens of CLE sessions to choose from, you can also visit the EXPO hall and check out products to improve your practice. We discovered my firm’s case management system in the TECHSHOW EXPO hall a few years ago, which then led to the discovery of our document management system and phone system. All were big improvements over our old systems.

Speaking of sessions, I’ll be back in Chicago this year presenting two sessions:

If neither of those topics are for you, check out the 2019 schedule for a complete listing. I always have a hard time narrowing down the choices, although I plan to hit most all of the sessions in the Mac Track. A few of the sessions I have my eyes on:

In addition to learning from Heidi and Julie, I’m looking forward to seeing other topnotch speakers like Brett Burney of Apps in Law, David Sparks of Mac Power Users and MacSparky, Jeff Richardson of iPhone JD, and many more.

If you attend, please say hello.


Use the Keyboard Maestro Status Menu as a Cheatsheet →

Clark Goble writing for Clark’s Tech Blog:

If you use Keyboard Maestro a good tip is to both create a hotkey and a status menu item. Then you can look at the status menu to remember your keystroke.

Yes, if you click through on the above link, you’ll see I’m linking to a footnote. While I set up the “meta key” mentioned in the post a year or so ago,1 it never entered my mind to use the Keyboard Maestro status menu (in the menu bar) as a cheatsheet. This will be especially handy with new macros, before I commit the hotkey to memory.


  1. It can be done with Karabiner Elements alone these days.


TiVo Coming to the Apple TV and Other Devices →

Jared Newman, writing for TechHive:

As announced during CES, TiVo will release apps for Roku and Amazon Fire TV devices in the second quarter of this year. Apps for Apple TV and Android TV will follow in the third quarter.

If you have a TiVo that supports transcoding (including the Roamio Pro, Roamio Plus, Bolt, Bolt Vox, and Bolt OTA), these apps will let you stream live and recorded video to another TV, either at home or on the road. For other TiVo devices that lack transcoding, such as the entry-level Roamio or Roamio OTA, you’ll need a separate TiVo Stream box to use the apps.

This is huge news. Well, for me at least. I have an Apple TV, but not a TiVo Mini, hooked up to the TV at my treadmill. I get some shows to that TV by running cTiVo on a Mac mini. cTiVo is an app that automatically downloads shows off my TiVo, formats them, and adds them to my Plex library and iTunes library.

The problem for me is that there are frequent glitches in the process, and shows never make it into iTunes or Plex. I hope the app lets me eliminate this whole setup.

One catch is that the apps will only support video at 720p and 30 frames per second. In my current setup, shows come through at 720p, but at 60 frames per second. It remains to be seen how noticeable this will be to my non-discerning eyes.

Even with the resolution and FPS limitations, this is another great benefit of the TiVO ecosystem. I had previously toyed with going to a streaming television service, but this alone will enough to keep with my TiVo, which I love. Of course, let’s see if TiVo delivers the Apple TV app in the third quarter, as the announcement indicates.