Until recently I haven’t bothered much to dig into the world of AppleScript or simple script utilities. Automator works for me when I feel the need to get all geeky but I admit the fun of creating something from scratch that does something only I need done is a good feeling.
While scouring the inter webs to find something useful to write about I came across a Mac app developer’s site which is packed with a variety of inexpensive and useful apps. It’s called Dani’s Script Suite and if you can’t find something useful on this list, then you’re a fully satisfied human being.
For example, RecentDock is a simple tool which adds recently used apps to the Dock (if it’s not already there; my Dock is too crowded to accept more apps, files, or folders). Hate the Mac’s annoying Startup Chime? The StartupChimeMute app mutes the startup chime.
SafariTabList takes the URL in Safari and the page name of all the open browser tabs in a Safari window and saves them as a text file. Why? Honestly, I don’t know. It’s cool, though. One of my favorites is SetDate which works with Calendar. Set a number of days into SetDate and it creates a new Calendar entry after that number of days. That’s much easier than scrolling through Calendar and counting dates.
EZipMaker does what you cannot do in the Finder. Create a ZIP archive and encrypt it with a password. The TinyURL utility takes the URL in a Safari window, and creates a tiny, compressed URL (which is gathered from TinyURL.com).
All of these and others are nifty little utilities that do something OS X or Apple’s apps on the Mac do not. Caveat? Oh, yeah. First, the developer does not have a signed certificate from Apple so you’ll need to open System Preferences > Security & Privacy to OK it. Second, I could not find a download link on the developer’s site and instead had to use MacUpdate. Third, I don’t speak German.
Otherwise, they’re handy little tools for a Mac user in need of functions not easily available in OS X.