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RedQuits (or alternative) on Mac OS X 10.10

I have installed RedQuits on Mac OS X 10.10 (Yosemite). Unfortunately, it is not working at all. I have made sure that RedQuits has access to System Preferences > Security & Privacy > Privacy >...
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Is there a software that can visually highlight focused windows more?

I do web development on my Mac and I tend to have lots of windows open. Even per application, I tend to have multiple windows opened (ie a Terminal window for tail -f error logs, one for ssh, and one ...
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Alarm clock OS X with automator and password on wake up

As there is no built in alarm clock in OS X, like in IOS, is there any way to set alarm clock via automator (playlist in iTunes), when Mac is in sleep mode and login password is required?
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solution to easily embed skim notes doesn't work

My question is directly linked to the thread Make Skim save PDF's with embedded notes by default What if the proposed solution (http://apple.stackexchange.com/a/166794/180243) doesn't help? As in,...
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Make Skim save PDF's with embedded notes by default

I had been reading several papers and highlighting important points, pressing Command-S every so often to save my notes. But when I opened them back, BAM! All my highlights were lost. It turns out ...
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Free alternative to Focus?

I use Stayfocus'd (for Chrome) and Selfcontrol currently to boost my productivity. On Stayfocusd, I've blocked multiple domains to restrict myself. For example I blocked *harvard so I can't access ...
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How to take a full page screenshot in Mac OS Safari?

I'm looking for a Safari Extension that can take full page screenshots. I am aware there are various extensions, but haven't found any that would take full page images.
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alt tab on multi monitor setup to move mouse

When having a multi monitor desktop, we pin some applications to a monitor, and when switching between different apps with alt tat mouse still remains in its place and you have to drag it all the way ...
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Creating whitelist of few websites from Terminal

I want to block all websites except one or two websites (white list) while working for 'productivity' purposes (when I am working only). I know how to block individual websites as shown here http://...
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Any alternatives to Essentials (Mac app for shortcut management)?

I like Essentials as I can add shortcuts of frequently used files, Evernote link, even color Hex code to it. I can group them into tabs and toggle the view with a keyboard shortcut. However, it ...
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How to switch between multiple fullscreen windows of same application in OS X? [duplicate]

When I'm running several instances of the same app (might be Chrome separate windows, or several IntelliJ projects) in fullscreen mode, I can't navigate to concrete app using ⌘-Tab, it will just show ...
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App for Blocking Website in Safari (For Productivity Purposes)

Are there any apps on OS X that can block certain websites ('time-wasting ones') for a certain interval? Preferably works for Safari.
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Enabling/disabling applications based on a “profile” in Mac OS X?

Is there a tool built-in or third party that allows me to turn start up or shut down applications based on setting that I choose for a give time? For example, I usually run Dropbox, Google Drive, and ...
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How can I quickly preview non-Quick Look compatible videos? [duplicate]

Before Yosemite, I used to be able, using Quick Look, to view the contents of a folder as a list, and then move up or down with the arrow keys, while in Quick Look mode, to quickly review video files. ...
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How can I de-folderize the contents of a folder?

Is it possible - without any command line or programming being involved - to remove all folders within a folder, and just leave the files? For example, if I processed this photo folder: Then I ...
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How can I “automatically” get a reminder that day is done?

I many times forget time and stay long hours in the office. Is there any kind of app that would automatically set a reminder when computer starts + X hours passed? Now I try to set a reminder (native ...
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Showing some other app instead of the notification center with its gesture

I think that it could be a good productivity boost if I could be able to use the gesture for showing the notification center (2 fingers swipe left from the edge, at least using the touchpad) for ...
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Pomodoro application which shows time in menubar

Please advice a free application for Pomodoro time management which: Can be minified to menubar and shows remaining time there (like tomighty): Has a tasklist (like pomodairo): Here is ...
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Can you save a work session and reopen it later?

Imagine you are working on a book, for which you need 5 precise internet tabs/pages to be open at the same time, Apple Pages, Dictionary, and, I don't know, a classical music CD in iTunes that ...
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App for collecting (and categorizing) stuff from the web

I've looked high and low and I'm surprised I haven't found exactly what I'm looking for; it seems like such a common task. I just want an iPhone app to rapidly clip stuff from web pages. My first ...
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Unlock delay for iPhone 6

So I waste too much time on my phone. Checking Facebook and Twitter, browsing to read unproductive things, etc. I should just stop, but I'm curious if there is a technological deterrent to my habit. ...
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Is there an Alfred Workflow to install and view Alfred workflows?

I want a workflow like the cask / brew workflow for Alfred workflows. Does this already exists? e.g. auto completion, viewing and installing and removing right from alfred instead of searching google ...
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Mac email client that can postpone Exchange messages?

Mailbox for iOS and Mac is great to postpone an email to deal with at a future time, but it cannot handle Exchange emails. Outlook app for iOS has a similar features (not as powerful as Mailbox). Is ...
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Equivalent of iOS' 30/30 (task manager) app for OS X

30/30 is a slick task manager for iOS devices that's also free. I'm trying to find an equivalent app for OS X. Some of the features in 30/30 that I would like to see in a mac app are: Clean ...
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Step-by-step checklist for iOS

I am looking for an app that works on the Mac as well as on the iPad. At work we have daily tasks that do not occur on a set schedule (aka they are on an as needed basis). This app would allow us to ...
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Remember window sizes and placement when unplugging and replugging second monitor

Here’s something that sucks: Plug in external monitor to laptop (Mac OS X Leopard in my case). Arrange your windows to have the IDE on one screen and browser on another. (Etc etc. Resize, rearrange,...
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How can I disable all stack exhange sites except stackoverflow.com?

How can I set SelfControl to only accept visits to stackoverflow.com, but none of the other sites on the stack exchange network? I want to become more productive, but the clickbait with abusive bosses,...
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iOS: App to search All Content in PDF files?

There are many apps that have search over the names of the files but not all content in the files. It is very slow to test all apps such as iAnnotate, PDF Expert, Amazing PDF Expert and GoodReader. ...
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Saving, Switching between window arrangements?

Repeating series of actions := productivity lost. Is there a way I can arrange, and save for later loading, an arbitrary arrangement of open programs, closed programs, and arrangement of windows? ...
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How do I copy the text content of a dialog box on OS X?

Many people are not aware that on Windows you can copy the whole text content of a MessageBox by pressing Ctrl ⌃ + C when the dialog is focused. This is an essential feature for reporting error ...
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Markdown editor with folders as local libraries

I need beautiful editor that can 'import' more then one local folders as libraries. This would let me search files only from these folders/libraries. But the crucial thing is to have local folders ...
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What is an quick way to create a new blank file in Lion?

In Windows, one can create a new file using Right Click -> Add New -> Type of File. Is there an analogous action in Lion? I just want to create a new blank file on my Desktop.
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How to copy/paste a formula down an entire column in Excel 2011?

I have a formula that references A1:B5 for instance, the result lives in any arbitrary cell, say D1. How do I copy and paste the same formula, referencing the same values as in D1, through the entire ...
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Are there any free and lightweight spreadsheet programs for the Mac?

I'm looking for a free spreadsheet editor that is simple and lightweight. I don't want to install OpenOffice just to use a some spreadsheets every once in a while.
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Automatically opening multiple Apps / TABs for certain projects

I'm trying to improve my workflow when working on certain projects. Depending on what kind of work I'm doing, I'll want certain apps open with certain configurations. Example: For a web development ...
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Add feature to SelfControl software : choose network interface to block

SelfControl is an open source software to block Internet connection for a time period. However, it blocks connection from ALL network interfaces. I'm looking for someone that would like to add a ...
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Producing music on MacBook Pro and MacBook Air

I am curious whether my MBA or MBP would be suitable for my creative purposes. I like writing music. Now I have a slow but stable laptop with Ubuntu 13.10 installed. I've set up JACK, Ardour ...
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How to Create New File in Selected Folder Using LaunchBar?

Using Launchbar, I'd like to be able to do the following: Navigate around by normal means in Launchbar > Once I'm in desired folder, I'd like to be able to run a command/action that asks me to enter ...
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OSX app to notify me when I could have used a KB shortcut instead?

I started using a MBA for my work machine about a year ago. I'm still not really able to remember the typical keyboard shortcuts, and tend to do things the "long way". For example, if I want to access ...
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Highlight sentence feature with text-to-speech

Up to now, text-to-speech (TTS) combined with highlighting sentences is by far the best way I found to read fast and at the same time very relaxed. I need an application or browser extension that ...
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Triggers on specifc applications in Keyboard Maestro

How can I tell Keyboard Maestro to only enable a given trigger (e.g. a hot key) when a specific application is active? For example, I would like a specific macro/hotkey that pastes without formatting ...
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Emacs key bindings on other programs

I am a heavy Emacs user and would love to have some of my Emacs keyboard bindings when editing text on other apps. I understand I could program these macros with Keyboard Maestro manually, but I was ...
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What are some good iPad apps for students? [closed]

I am mainly looking for apps which help increasing productivity and not the ones like Calculator, Periodic Table etc. Apps which are good for taking notes, taking handwriting input.
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How to save sent messages in Outlook to the same folder as message being replied to?

If I am replying to an email in Folder "TEST", how do I get a reply to automatically go to the Folder "TEST" as opposed to the Sent folder? This helps with productivity so that I don't have to move ...
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Website block on a time schedule

I would like to find a way to block the access to some websites from all the browsers of my Macbook, but not just as Self-Control does. I want to make kind of a time schedule, for example blocking ...
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Export pdf annotations only using preview?

I use Preview on OS X and GoodReader on the iPad for reading and annotating pdfs. GoodReader allows me to 'view summary' which is a plain text list of all highlighted sections and comments added to ...
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Tools to diff two Keynote '09 slideshows

Is there any tool which I can use to effectively diff two Keynote '09 slideshows? TL;DR An Apple Keynote (i.e. a .key) file consists of a directory structure which contains all the resources used in ...
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Is there a faster app switcher than a keyboard shortcut linked to an Automator service?

I want to switch apps faster than cmd-tab so I created an automator task to launch an app and linked to to a keyboard shortcut through the keyboard preferences. While this works okay without any third ...
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What's the noticeable speed difference between these two Mac computers? [closed]

Someone wants to trade his new iPhone 5, his 20" iMac, and some cash for my 15" Macbook Pro. Here are the specs for my MBP and his iMac: My Early 2011 15in Macbook Pro 2.2GHz i7 4GB Ram AMD Radeon ...
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Alfred extension or equivalent that brings a single window to the forefront

Right now, if I want to switch to a Sublime Text 2 window open to a "project" called foo, I can do option+space, type Sub hit enter and then hit cmd+` repeatedly until I arrive at the window I want. ...