Your Caps Lock key might be underused on your Mac. If you’re a big automation geek, why not use it for something else, in addition to its built-in functionality? Karabiner Elements is a Mac tool that lets you customize the keyboard on your Mac, including the Caps Lock key. In this post, I’ll talk about how I’ve set up my Caps Lock key to be used as an extra modifier key (similar to the Command, Control, Option, and Shift keys), while at the same time preserving its normal functionality.
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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.”
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.
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:
- Tame the (Data) Chaos with Your Mac, with Heidi Alexander.
March 1, 2019, 8:30 a.m.
- Mac Mastery: Top Mac Workflows Used by Real Attorneys, with Julie Tolek
March 1, 2019, 4:15 p.m.
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:
- Automation Tools for Law Firm Operations
- An Insider’s Tour of Office 365 and Office 2019
- We Don’t Need No Stinking Server (or Do We)?
- Using Document Automation To Improve Efficiency And Reduce Errors
- Default Settings in Office Every Law Firm Should Know
- Showtime in the Courtroom
- Do Unicorns Exist? The Paperless Law Office
- Get Your Mobile Ninja On: Top iOS Tips, Apps, and Gear
- Using Practice Management Systems to Streamline Processes
- Mac and iOS Security: What You Need to Know
- WOW! Videos, Photos, & Audio that Impress Clients and Juries
- Strengthen Your Core: Add-ins for Microsoft Word and Outlook
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.