In the latest episode of Automators David and I got a chance to talk to Don McAllister about the systems and processes he has built over the years to automate ScreenCastsOnline. As a recent addition to their team, it was a fun look behind that side of the curtain, and I hope the system and processes Don has in place will inspire you!
When David first talked about doing a show on Regular Expressions I confess I was a little nervous, how do you explain something so text based in audio? Well, it turns out that with a lot of determination and research you can – and hopefully you won’t confuse everyone on the way!
Roll up your sleeves Automators. This week Rose and David tackle regular expressions. What are they? How do you make them? Where do you use them? All those questions get answered in this episode. Regex isn’t as daunting as it may first seem.
Working with other people can be a challenge, and not everyone likes to wave their productivity system around so we often don’t know how they get things done! In this episode Scotty and I talked about how to work with others – whether or not we have a productivity system, how we can learn from them, and what to do to make sure the work gets done.
In episode 5 of Nested Folders Scotty and I dived into our weekly review routines. It was also good to review traps we’ve both previously fallen into with our reviews – I’ve been considering making a printed list of how I do my weekly review and if I do so I’m also going to make a list of “not to do” on it – as a reminder of those lessons that I’ve learned over the years!
In this episode of Automators David and I got a chance to dive behind the scenes of ScreencastsOnline and into the Terminal app (not at the same time) with J.F. Brissette. David and J.F. met years ago at Macworld!
J.F. does editing and assembly for ScreencastsOnline — which means he spends a lot of time working with video and audio in ScreenFlow, and he has got his workflows down with automation. As he said “it needs to be automated if you’re going to use it as much as I do” which is something worth bearing in mind for any application you use heavily.
Keyboard Maestro is his tool of choice (as it is for many people), and he has many macros which he has found. The Clipboard History Switcher specifically makes it much easier to copy and paste elements around — also allowing you to create a palette of elements from your macros, something that applies to many kinds of work!
J.F. also uses Terminal a lot, for everything from opening apps to checking what day you were born on or what day your birthday will be on next!
open -a Safari
open -a "Keyboard Maestro"
These open apps — because Keyboard Maestro has a space in its name it needs to be wrapped in quotation marks. Note that capitalisation is optional, and you can use either single or double quotation marks — J.F. tends to use lowercase and single quotations, like this: open -a ‘keyboard maestro’.
cal 01 2021
This will show you a calendar for January 2021 – so you can quickly scan for “11” and see that my birthday will be on a Monday!
We also had a look at regular expressions, which are a way to do search (and replace) with extra magic by defining very specific patterns. Shortcuts even supports regular expressions, both to “Replace Text” as well as with “Match Text”, which can be followed by “Get Group from Matched Text.”
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