Google gadgets in OS X Dashboard

Apple has a list of several thousand widgets for Dashboard on Apple.com. And now you can add thousands more. All by yourself.

Amnesty Generator

First, download the new Amnesty Generator from Mesa Dynamics. It’s a small app for OS X. Next, head over to Google and check out all the so-called Google Gadgets. These are small pieces of code that you can install on your page, blog, site, MySpace whatever.

Pac-Man

Click “Add to your webpage” when you find something interesting, and paste the code in Amnesty Generator. And voilá! A new widget with that Gadget running inside.

Pac-Man widget

Brillliant. And think about all the useful widgets you can make. Here are a few suggestions:
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Howto: Reference files in Kinkless

If you’re using Kinkless, there’s an easy way to store reference files with your projects, right inside your Kinkless document. I usually make a mindmap for my bigger projects, using the excellent NovaMind mindmapping app (available for both Mac and Windows).

So here’s a small mindmap on how to rule the world, a project quite a lot of people seem to be having on their list.

Kinkless reference files no 5

Make the mindmap, and save it. When you make a document in OS X, you get a small icon right in front of the name of the document, in the title bar at the top. Before saving it’s greyed out, and everytime you make changes it also greys out.

Unsaved

But hit Apple-S and the icon gets colors. And – you can drag it.

Saved
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Word suggestions in OS X

Did you know that when you’re typing in Cocoa apps, you can write a few letters of a word, then press Option-Escape, and you get a pop-up list with word suggestions. Like this:

Word suggestions

This works in TextEdit, Pages, Safari text fields, all text fields in iLife apps etc. Very useful!

How to place lots of pictures in group on Flickr

Lets say you had a wedding and had hundreds of photos. You want to share them with friends on Flickr. But not the rest of the world. So you create a private group and invite your friends to join it. Then you upload you 240 pictures and want to put them all in the new private group.

Hmmm. Open picture. Choose “Send to group”, scroll down to your new group, click, click “ok” on message. Click to open next photo. Wait. Repeat.

Way too much work!
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How to create Amazing circles

Kamome has made an excellent technique for making amazing circles. This is a more detailed description:

Make a square selection

1. Open an image in Photoshop (screenshots are from Photoshop CS2 on Mac). Higher resolution and size will give better results. I have used a picture I took myself some time ago. If you want to use the same picture for this How to, you can find it here.

2. You need to make a selection that is squared. Use the selection tool, and set the aspect ratio to fixed:

Amazing Circles step 2

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Getting things done with Automator and Spotlight

By using Spotlight and Automator, and the new Smart folders in OS X 10.4, you can change all those messy files on the desktop to something useful. And very David Allen-ish!

First, read my previous entry about “Add spotlight tags”. Make the Automator action described and save it as a Finder plugin for ctrl-clicking.

Smart folders

Then, in Finder, make a smart folder called “@home”, one called “@work” etc. One for every category you use with David Allen’s brilliant book “Getting things done”.
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How to make your own comics – in Comic life

I just bought a copy of Comic Life from Plasq. It’s an application that lets you take pictures from iPhoto (or Finder), drag them into Comic Life, and make your own comics with speech bubbles and sound effects: Zap! Pow! Kaboom!!

Comic Life logo

It’s so fun. Highly recommended!

When your new comic is finished, put it on Flickr, and tag it “comiclife”. So far: 33 contributions.

And if you want to make your digital pictures look more like toons, check out this great tip from MacMerc.