Archive | August 2012

How to use a Safari bookmark as a dock application

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! 😀

 

Back to School, some apps to get stuff done

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.

iStudiez Pro
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.

CourseNotes

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.

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After a long time, Facebook for iOS gets fast

Many of you know that Facebook for iOS is a crappy application, due to the HTML 5 code mixed with Objective-C, making almost impossible to use. Finally, with the 5.0v got seriously better, making it superfast and resposive and a blazing fast loading time.

Here’s the official change log:

  • We’ve rebuilt the app so it’s faster and easier to use.
    * Scrolling through news feed is faster than ever
    * New banner lets you tap to quickly see more stories – no need to refresh
    * Photos open fast and close with one downward swipe
    * Instant access to your notifications

   

So, as you can see now there are a lot of differences between now and before.

Then, what are you doing still here? Go and download it! 😉

Yelp vs Foursquare: is there a clear winner?

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.

First and foremost, they’re totally different, except about check-ins and reviews about places. Foursquare is more oriented about challenging others, becoming mayor of a venue, earning badges and making your friends angry because they lost mayorships thanks to you. So this is one.
Now, let’s talk about Yelp: it also features check-ins and badges, but in a totally different way. In 4sq (abbreviation for Foursquare) you earn mayorships if you’re the one who checked-in more times in two months in a single place. Yelp is a bit more different: You can be a Regular if you often go to a place, then you level up to Duke (if you’re the Regular #1), equal to the mayor of foursquare. Then you can be a Baron of a neighborhood if you have many Dukes in there and then the King or Queen of a city. But 4sq has points, which are earned from check-ins, and this is a point for it.
So, we are 1-1.
Now let’s talk about badges. You earn badges if you do something particular, like doing your first check-in and so on. On foursquare, there are a ton of them, and divided in three main sections:
  • 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.
Speaking about Yelp, it has some badges that you can earn, and some of them actually can fade away. Though, Foursquare is better in this, so it’s 1-2!
Now the last one: reviews, votes and places.
Yelp is more focused on giving reviews on activities, give a vote (from 1 to 5 stars) and also an average cost.
Foursquare lacks on this, because you can only write short reviews and give it a “like”, nothing else. Also votes doesn’t exists in 4sq, though venues with more affluence, are marked in the website. But this doesn’t count, and we are 3-2 for Yelp!
Now we might stop here, but there one more thing! (Remember something?). Both Yelp and 4sq have different account levels. The first one has the Elite squad, which represent the most active users in Yelp. This status is earned by a number of factor, and the ones who are in have special “Elite” badge. Foursquare is a bit more complicate. There are “basic” users, and Superusers. They’re divided into three levels. As you level up, you can edit more largely the foursquare database.
So in total we are 3-3 for both… and this means a draw!
As you can see, they’re not the same thing, but here’s my opinion: If you want to challenge you’re friends better go with foursquare. If you want something which is more detailed and have more informations about places and reviews, choose Yelp.
So, how does it sounds?
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