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Hide apps on Purchases list in App Store app Apps
Up until Mountain Lion, you could hover over the Install or Download button in the App Store Purchases list and an x would appear. Clicking this x would hide the app, removing it from the purchases list.

Now, in Mountain Lion, you need to right-click or Control-click and choose Hide Purchase from the one-item contextual menu that displays.

To unhide an item, click on the Account link on the main page of the App Store, then go to iTunes in the Cloud > View Hidden Purchases.
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An alternative to the old Exposé "All Applications" hot corner Apps
I recently upgraded to Lion and miss Exposé's "All Windows" Hot Corner feature, which showed clearly all windows of the current Space. With Mission Control, you have to delicately hover over tiny slices of windows and keep hitting the space bar to switch between windows or, using a hot corner with "Application Windows," select among all windows of a single app from all desktops (plus windows that aren't even open)! I'm a power multi-tasker and I use desktops to differentiate between projects that all use the same apps, which means that Mission Control is virtually useless to me. Thus, I have put together an alternative that is far from Exposé's previous functionality, but a wee step closer, and for me, a huge boost in productivity.

This hint uses two third-party preference panes (Witch and Corner Click) and an AppleScript.

First, make sure that the hot corner you want to use for Witch is not set in System Preferences.

Install Witch and open it in System Preferences.
  • Enable using the checkbox at the top.
  • Under Triggers, make sure the shortcut for All applications non-minimized / Forward is set as option-tab.
  • Under Behavior, show list right away so the hot-corner response is immediate, and un-check Releasing all modifier keys activates the selected window.
  • (Optional) Under Appearance, I maximized the size sliders, selected Show mini window previews if possible", and selected Pop up a preview... after 0.1 second delay.
Install Corner Click and open it in System Preferences
  • Under Settings, check Corner Click is enabled.
  • Under Actions, select the corner you want to use. Click the + button, set the Trigger to Hover, and for the Action, select Run Applescript, and choose the following script. You'll have to paste this script into the Script Editor and save as a script file:
tell application "System Events"
	key down option
	keystroke tab
	--delay 2
	try
		repeat while (value of seventh attribute of process "witchdaemon" is true)
			delay 0.1
		end repeat
		on error errStr number errorNumber
		key up option
		error errStr number errorNumber
		end try
	key up option
end tell
This script basically "holds down the Option key" (and taps the Tab key) and keeps the tab down until you've made your window selection.

I may be tweaking my settings as time goes by, but this to me is much better than Mission Control or the "pplication Windows hot corner simply because I can select among all windows on the current desktop quickly using a hot corner and a single click. No more delicate window slice navigation and space bar nonsense.
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Set Software Update check frequency in Mountain Lion System 10.8
Mountain Lion removed the ability to set the frequency of checks for software updates. The default frequency was always a week and it remains so.

To change the frequency, open com.apple.SoftwareUpdate.plist, found in /Library/Preferences, and change the ScheduleFrequency key from 7 to the number of days you prefer.

I prefer to be notified of updates daily, if available, so I changed the frequency to 1.

[kirkmc adds: Note that you'll need admin privileges to edit this file. You can do so with a text editor, or with Xcode, which presents a graphical interface for .plist files. ]
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Fix iChat AppleScripts in Mountain Lion System 10.8
I noticed that my iChat-related AppleScripts had stopped working after the 10.8 upgrade. Apparently, Messages no longer answers to the name iChat; you have to edit your scripts to call "Messages" instead, like this:
tell application "Messages" to set status message to "On Mountain Lion"
I'm pretty sure the beta didn't break backwards compatibility like that, and I really can't think of a good reason for it.

[kirkmc adds: It's true that the name of an application like this changes it should probably still respond to the old name. So scripters beware. It's worth noting that both Contacts and Messages do respond to their old names if you search for them in Spotlight, though Calendar does not.]
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Chronologically sort trimmed videos in iPhoto Apps
if you take movies with your iOS device (or other camera) that need to be trimmed, you may have encountered the following. If you do not trim the movie on the device, but do it later on your Mac using QuickTime, the file’s date will change to the date you trimmed it, resulting in an incorrect sort order in iPhoto.

Terminal and touch come to the rescue:

First check the original file’s date and time in the Finder by selecting it and pressing Command-I.

Then, in Terminal, use touch to change the date and time. Here’s an example:
 touch -t 201208191230 /Users/myname/Desktop/trimmed_movie.mov 
This will change the file's modification date to August 19, 2012 at 12:30. Doing this before importing the trimmed video will keep an appropriate sort order in iPhoto.

Check man touch for more on using this command.

[kirkmc adds: The touch command is nothing new, and there's even a hint about using touch with iPhoto that's more than ten years old. I thought it was worth posting this, however, because of the issue with dates that are changed when editing files such as movies.

If you want a GUI alternative, you should look at A Better Finder Attributes, which I recently reviewed for Macworld.]
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Script to Pause and Resume Growl with a Hidden Menu Icon Apps
Growl includes a feature to pause and resume notifications, which is very useful when giving presentations or screen sharing. Unfortunately, the UI only exposes this feature via the menu icon. With this script you can hide the icon and control notifications via a launcher such as QuickSilver or Alfred.
 * Pause and resume Growl. Use in a launcher like Quicksilver or Alfred to
 * pause and resume Growl when the menu bar icon is disabled.
 * Author: Andrew Berry, deviantintegral@gmail.com
 *)
tell application "Growl"
	register as application "Growl pause/resume" all notifications {"Growl paused", "Growl resumed"} default notifications {"Growl paused", "Growl resumed"} icon of application "Growl"
	if is paused then
		resume
		notify with name "Growl resumed" title "Growl resumed" description "Growl notifications resumed" application name "Growl pause/resume"
	else
		notify with name "Growl paused" title "Growl paused" description "Growl notifications paused" application name "Growl pause/resume"
		pause
	end if
end tell
If you wish to make any improvements to this, feel free to fork the code over at Gist.
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Replace Notes app brown title bar with gray Apps
If you don't care for Apple's skeuomorphic design in Calendar and Notes in Mountain Lion, here's a way you can change Notes to use a gray titlebar and inactive buttons.

Do the following:
  • Copy Notes from /Applications to a safe place in case you want to revert back to the original.
  • Download this archive which contains a few gray graphic files.
  • Unzip the archive; it contains a folder called Notes dark grey.
  • Browse to /Applications/Notes.app/Contents/Resources in Finder. (Right-click on the Notes app and choose Show Package Contents, then go to the Resources folder.)
  • Quit Notes if it is running.
  • Copy the 5 PNG files from Notes dark grey to /Applications/Notes.app/Contents/Resources.
  • Restart Notes.app and enjoy
[kirkmc adds: Beware that this may not work after an OS X upgrade, so you may need to do the above operation again.]
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Use two-finger scroll to change pages in Finder column View file preview System 10.7
If you're in Column View in the Finder, select a PDF and you'll see a preview of the file in the rightmost column. There are two next and previous arrows to switch pages, but you can also scroll using two fingers (or a scroll wheel on a mouse) to move through the document.

[kirkmc adds: This works with PDFs, but it doesn't work with Word documents, which seem to have recently inherited the next and previous buttons in Column View previews.]
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View more export options in Preview Apps
Preview in 10.8 has removed a number of export options. If you choose File > Export, there are only six options in the Format popup menu, compared to 13 in the Lion version of the application.

Alas, this is yet another feature that has more options hidden behind an Option keypress. Hold down the Option key when clicking on the Format menu to see all 13 available options.
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AppleScript to tweet via Notification Center System 10.8
The Click to Tweet button in Notification Center is just crying out for a way to activate it without taking your hands off your keyboard. Over at StackExchange, user Ewwis posted the following AppleScript. Save this and launch it with, say, LaunchBar or another launcher. It displays a dialog where you can post your tweet, then, when you click on OK, displays Notification Center and sends your tweet.
display dialog "Tweet?" default answer "" buttons {"OK"} default button 1
set mytweet to text returned of result

tell application "System Events"
    tell process "Notification Center"
        click menu bar item 1 of menu bar 1
        click button 1 of UI element 1 of row 2 of table 1 of scroll area 1 of window "window"
        keystroke mytweet
        keystroke "D" using {command down, shift down}
        keystroke space
    end tell
end tell
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