All of us have bookmarks on our browser. Some of them are used really often, but in order to access them, you have to open your browser. Wouldn’t be just perfect if you can have it on your dock? It’s quite simple to do it, using an app called Automator.
1. Save the bookmark
The first thing you need is your bookmark as a file. To do so, just open Safari, hit Alt+Cmd+B and drag it wherever you want. I will use the Outlook.com bookmark for the tutorial.
2. Create the app with Automator
The next thing to do is to create the app that will execute this file. Open Automator from your Application folder and choose “Application” when prompted at the start. Now search for “Get specific Finder Items” in the Files and Folders section. When done, drag it to the right, and drop the saved bookmark on it.
Now search in the same section “Open Finder Items”, drag it to the right, and select “Open with: Default application”.
Now save your app and quit Automator. (Important! Don’t move or delete the bookmark file from its location, because the app will not work anymore!).
3. Add a cool icon
Right now, your app is ready to be used (just try it). Though it doesn’t have a really nice icon, but it’s not a problem, we can change it. First you need an image, a PNG with trasparency is highly recommended. Open it and make sure that it’s not rectangular, but square. Select it with Cmd+A and copy it with Cmd+C.
Now open the inspector of the application; select it, and hit Cmd+i.
You’ll se a small icon at the top left: select it and paste with Cmd+V. Now the icon is replaced and the app is ready to be used! 😀
A little ToDo before reading: go to Twitter, and search for #backtoschool. You’ll find so many tweets sent from students in these weeks.
Now, talking from a student to all students: school isn’t so easy, but it’s fun in many cases. So I decided to choose from different apps, which ones you should get before starting the new year. So, let’s start off with the first one.
Even before the others, you need something that organizes your schedule. Here you can plan your classes, track assignments and even manage your personal caendar and see events in a simple daily or week view. Not to mention a useful feature, which calculates your overral GPA based on poins, letters and %, to always know what you’re doing. Unfortunately, the price of the Mac app, seems a bit too high.
After you planned everything you need, it’s time to think about taking class notes. A nice App would be CourseNotes, that lets you organize all your class notes between classes, and for each one to manage an assignment. Plus there is a companion app for the iPad to take what you need on the go. Anyway, a free (and not so bad) alternative might be the Notes app in every Mac or iPad or Evernote.
And after 25 years, Microsoft decides to change its logo, making it more simple with only four plain squares with Windows colors, something that may remember Minecraft or so what. So here’s the official video, where you can see that were changed also the Office logo and the Xbox one, with a style that clearly remembers Windows 8.
Some time ago I’ve written a short tutorial about how to use foursquare for the ones who didn’t know exactly what it was (though, they signed up 🙂 ). Now, I’m going to do a really quick review about Yelp, similar to foursquare, but not so close than you think. So let’s get right into it.
- Foursquare badges: These are the most simple to earn. An example is the Rookie badge (1st check-in) or the Super Mayor (10 mayorships at once).
- Expertise badges: A bit more difficult. These have different levels, so once you get one, see what you’ve got to do to earn the next level.
- Partner badges: Partner badges are the ones you earn from following pages like CNN, Wired and other ones.