Saturday, May 13, 2017

How to Automate your Mac by Karthik Sankar

How to Automate your Mac
Automation is an extremely useful thing. It’s important to value your time and eliminate redundant tasks. Here are some ways to automate your mac:

  1. Auto Backup. Let’s be honest. We all know we should be backing up our computers but it’s a major hassle. And when you do decide to back up your computer it usually consists of copying some important folders to another storage device. Mac has this amazing feature called Time Machine. It backs up your files to a specified drive automatically every hour. Not only doesn’t it backup your files automatically, but it also keeps track of older backups. This allows you to go back to any previous backup not just the most recent one. In order to set it up, you would go to System Preferences and click Time Machine (in the 4th row). Next, you would select a disk to back up to and check the Backup automatically button.
  2. iPhone Backup. iTunes is usually the go-to backup option but there are a number of things you can do to make your experience easier. First, open the default photos application and plug in your device. Then check the “Open Photos” option. It will automatically launch the application on the import screen when you plug in your iPhone. Next, launch iTunes and select your device. Scroll down to Options, and select “Automatically sync when this iPhone is connected” and “Sync with this iPhone over wifi” Both of those things should be self-explanatory.
  3. Automator. Automator is another amazing default mac automation app. To use it, first choose a place to save your macro (an automation). Next, choose a type of flow you would like to make. There are a large number of tools, combinations, and features in Automator and it would be nearly impossible to list all of them here. To see them listed out click the Help on the top and click Automator Help.  Then click show topics to see the full functionality of Automator.

I hope I have helped you with this article!

Karthik Sankar

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