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  • Mac Power Users 496: Keyboard Hacking with Brett Terpstra

    1h By David Sparks
    Brett Terpstra joins us on the latest episode of Mac Power Users to talk about his keyboard hacks, planning workflows, some of his favorite apps, and the looming arrival of his new app, nvUltra.This episode of Mac Power Users is sponsored by:Squarespace:…
  • Automators 30: Some Favorite Automations

    Fri 3:45pm By David Sparks
    The latest episode of Automators is now available for download. In it, Rose and I share some of our most beloved recently created automations. Rosemary has an automation to help to deal with her garbage email address, and I have an email-related automation…
  • Diagramming and Planning with inShort (Sponsor)

    Thu 1:11pm By David Sparks
    This week MacSparky is sponsored by inShort for macOS. inShort is an advanced diagramming and planning tool that lets you specify processes, resources, and how they all fit together. All of this is built around a unique interface that enables you to drill down…
  • Mac Power Users 495: Manning the Battle Bridge with Artist Thom Zahler

    Aug 12, 2019, 11:00 am By David Sparks
    Comic book artist Thom Zahler uses his Macs and iPads to create some incredible artwork and manage his indie business. On this week’s episode of Mac Power Users, Thom shares his apps and workflows. This episode of Mac Power Users is sponsored…
  • Keyboard Maestro Script for Automating Contact Creation with Cardhop

    Aug 9, 2019, 4:56 pm By David Sparks
    Here’s a small Keyboard Maestro script that I use just about every day to create contacts on my Mac with Cardhop. The problem this is designed to solve is Basecamp project email addresses. Every new Basecamp project I create has a specialized (and nearly…
  • Apple Music Digital Masters

    Aug 8, 2019, 5:30 pm By David Sparks
    Yesterday Billboard wrote:…
  • Checking In On The Shortcuts Update

    Aug 8, 2019, 3:04 pm By David Sparks
    I am still in the honeymoon phase with the iOS 13 updates to Shortcuts. As I explained in a recent newsletter, I am in the process of recording an entirely new Shortcuts Field Guide. I’ve already recorded over 50 videos, and I have quite a few left.This…
  • Journey Game Released for iPad and iPhone

    Aug 7, 2019, 5:00 pm By David Sparks
    For years I have heard how I need to play the game, Journey. Unfortunately, it has always been a PlayStation game, and I don't own one of those. Yesterday the Journey developers gave us a surprise and released the game on iPhone and iPad. I've already…
  • Relay Family Feud

    Aug 7, 2019, 3:19 pm By David Sparks
    There is a live event for the Relay fifth anniversary later this month in San Francisco. I will be there and participating. They have a "Family Feud" style game planned for the Relay Hosts. I am not going to look at the questions because I like to be…
  • Focused 79: Reclaiming Margin, with Shawn Blanc

    Aug 7, 2019, 11:00 am By David Sparks
    The Focus Course founder Shawn Blanc is back and on this week’s episode of Focused, he’s talking about the importance of margin, how it gave him the space he needed to work through a personal crisis, and life lessons learned from his orange 1984 Jeep…
  • Get Organized with OmniOutliner (Sponsor)

    Aug 6, 2019, 10:00 am By David Sparks
    This week, MacSparky is sponsored by OmniOutliner. The latest version of OmniOutliner for Mac, iPad, and iPhone is a great example of just how much the gang at the Omni Group cares about making the best productivity software. This app is so much more than a…
  • Mac Power Users 494: Our Home Offices

    Aug 5, 2019, 11:00 am By David Sparks
    On this week’s episode of Mac Power Users, Stephen and I talk about our home offices: how they are setup, what equipment and furnishings are used, and, of course, what nerdy toys are around. Then, we discuss the pros and cons of working from home.This…
  • MacSparky Studios

    Aug 3, 2019, 6:51 pm By David Sparks
    I’ve posted a better look at my home studio and gear. It now has a permanent place on the site.
  • Automators 29: The Dark Dungeon with Adam Tow

    Aug 2, 2019, 7:00 pm By David Sparks
    On the latest episode of Automators, Rose and I talk to Adam Tow, creator of MsgFiler and writer of a few amazing Shortcuts automations. From having photos taken on his DLSR automatically shared to him via iMessage, to playing text adventure games with…
  • Good Times at Macstock 2019

    Aug 2, 2019, 5:00 pm By David Sparks
    I spent the weekend in Illinois attending the Macstock conference. Macstock started out as a group of friends getting together following the demise of Macworld, and over the years it has grown into a conference and social event that includes about 200 people…
  • Stop Hating Email with SaneBox (Sponsor)

    Aug 2, 2019, 3:57 pm By David Sparks
    This week’s MacSparky sponsor is SaneBox, the email tool that everybody could use. You may have heard about some of the innovative new email features like inbox auto-sorting, deferred email, and reply tracking. The trouble is that early implementations of…
  • Pixelmator Pro Update Works with Photos on Mac

    Aug 2, 2019, 3:16 pm By David Sparks
    The new update to Pixelmator Pro acts as a massive upgrade to the Apple Photos app. With the updated Photos extension, you can can access all of the tools and features from the full application, including layers and machine-learning tools. You can also save…
  • GoodNotes Journaling Files

    Jul 31, 2019, 11:00 am By David Sparks
    I wrote up my GoodNotes journal pages a few months ago. Since then, I have found myself increasingly using a paper journal for much of this data, but I know a bunch of readers wanted to modify my forms. Links are below in OmniGraffle, PSD, and PNG format. (I…
  • Finding Margin with Shawn Blanc

    Jul 30, 2019, 8:00 am By David Sparks
    Shawn Blanc’s productivity courses are some of my favorites because Shawn speaks to you instead of speaking at you. Today he is releasing his newest course. This one on Margin. This course is particularly dear to me since it has been this quest for margin…
  • Mac Power Users 493: My Life is an Edge Case, with TJ Luoma

    Jul 29, 2019, 11:00 am By David Sparks
    On the latest episode of Mac Power Users, pastor and Apple nerd TJ Luoma returns to the show to catch us up on his journey with Apple's notebooks and the iPad. He also shares some of the apps that he uses every day to make his work more efficient, as well as…