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iTunes smart playlists with nested rules Apps
I was adding a Smart Playlist to iTunes (10.7) and could not find the option to add nested rules... until I held down the Option key and the plus icon became an ellipsis which then provided the ability to add a nested rule.

[kirkmc adds: This isn't new in iTunes 10.7, but rather iTunes 10. However, I see that it's not on the site, so it's worth mentioning. Apple has a technical note about smart playlists, and they call the ellipsis button the "Nest" button.]
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Resolve Mac App Store download issues by removing cache folder Apps
I've occasionally seen issues where Mac App Store downloads failed, with a message saying "The product distribution file could not be verified. It may be damaged or was not signed." Topher Kessler writing at CNET showed a way you can resolve this issue.

When this download problem occurs, it is generally the result of a corrupted file in a cache folder. If you run this command in Terminal:
open $TMPDIR../C/
a folder will open in the Finder showing a number of cache folders for different applications. Delete the folder, then quit and relaunch the App Store application and try the download again.
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Delete a podcast that won't go away on iOS device Apps
I recently tried to download an episode of a podcast on my iPhone, but the download failed. Nevertheless, the podcast was listed on my iPhone, with one episode, but trying to play that episode did nothing. There was no way to delete it. When I deleted it from within the Podcasts app, it seemed to go away, but when I deleted the Podcasts app to use the Music app for listening to Podcasts, it was still there.

I tried turning off syncing of podcasts in iTunes, syncing, then turning it back on, but it was still there. There was no obvious way to delete this "phantom" podcast.

I finally tried going into Settings > General > Usage > Music, and saw the podcast listed in the Podcasts list. A swipe to the right on its name, a tap on the Delete button, and it was finally gone.
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Copy and paste Calendar events in text form Apps
If you use Calendar (née iCal), you can copy all visible events in any view and paste them in text form into any application. For example, if you're in Day view, you can copy all your events and paste them in an e-mail to send to someone, to show them your schedule. Press Command-A to select them all, then Command-C to copy them.

The name of the event will be in bold, and the date will display like this:

scheduled October 5, 2012 from 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM

Calendar will warn you if you are copying repeating events that only the currently visible event will be copied.

Unfortunately, this doesn't work with my calendar application of choice, BusyCal.

H/t ThomasWoodrowWilson on Reddit.
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Close Duplicate Finder windows Apps
I sometimes have several duplicate Finder windows open at the same time. I wrote this AppleScript which quickly closes any duplicate windows, leaving only one of each open.
script pruneDupFWins
	-- tested 07/09/12
	-- Enhanced to consider Spotlight windows 09/09/12
	-- Optimized for speed 10/09/12
	-- © McUsr 2012 Parts made by Nigel Garvey
	property parent : AppleScript
	property scriptTitle : "Close Duplicate Windows"
	property FinderIcon : a reference to file ((path to library folder from system domain as text) & "")
	on run
	local wCount, i, res, res2, fail, prevApp
	script o
	property wlist : {{}, {}}
	property slist : {}
	property klist : {}
	property dlist : {}
	end script
	set fail to false
	tell application id ""
	set prevApp to (name of every process whose frontmost is true and visible is true) as text
	tell application process "Finder" to set o's slist to name of every window
	end tell
	tell application id "" to activate
	set sCount to count o's slist
	if sCount = 0 then return 0
	tell application id "" to set o's wlist to {name, id} of (every window)
	set wCount to count item 1 of o's wlist
	set o's wlist to reverse of my transposeList(wCount, item 1 of o's wlist, item 2 of o's wlist)
	set o's slist to reverse of o's slist
	set i to 1
	repeat sCount times
	set res to my getSingelton(o's wlist, item i of o's slist)
	if res = null then
	if o's klist ≠ {} then
	set res2 to my indexOfItem(item i of o's slist, o's klist)
	if res2 = 0 then
	set end of o's klist to item i of o's slist
	set end of o's dlist to res
	end if
	set end of o's klist to item i of o's slist
	end if
	if i < wCount then set o's wlist to items 2 thru -1 of o's wlist
	end if
	set i to i + 1
	end repeat
	set wcl to count o's dlist
	repeat with i from 1 to wcl
	tell application id "" to close Finder window id (item i of o's dlist as integer)
	end repeat
	on error e number n
	-- Chris Stone
	set {cr, sep} to {return, "------------------------------------------"}
	set errmsg to sep & cr & "Error: " & e & cr & sep & cr & "Error 
	Number: " & n & cr & sep
	tell application id ""
	display dialog errmsg with title my scriptTitle buttons {"Ok"} default button 1
	end try
	end tell
	set fail to true
	set wcl to 0
	end try
	if not fail then
	if wcl > 0 then
	if wcl = 1 then
	set msgText to "I closed " & wcl & " window!"
	set msgText to "I closed " & wcl & " windows!"
	end if
	set msgText to "Nothing to do!"
	end if
	tell application id ""
	display dialog msgText with title my scriptTitle buttons {"Ok"} default button 1 with icon my FinderIcon giving up after 1.2
	end try
	end tell
	end if
	tell application prevApp to activate
	return wcl
	end run
	to transposeList(ctr, list1, list2)
	-- tested 05/09/12
	script o
	property newL : {}
	property m : list1
	property n : list2
	end script
	local i
	set i to 1
	repeat ctr times
	set end of o's newL to {contents of item i of o's m, contents of item i of o's n}
	set i to i + 1
	end repeat
	return o's newL
	end transposeList
	on indexOfItem(theItem, itemsList) -- credit to Emmanuel Levy 
	local rs
	set text item delimiters to return
	set itemsList to return & itemsList & return
	set text item delimiters to {""}
	set rs to -1 + (count (paragraphs of (text 1 thru (offset of (return & theItem & return) in itemsList) of itemsList)))
	on error
	return 0
	end try
	end indexOfItem
	on getSingelton(the_list, item_a)
	set astid to AppleScript's text item delimiters
	-- Nigel Garvey's with a name change
	set AppleScript's text item delimiters to return
	set the_list_as_string to return & the_list & return
	set AppleScript's text item delimiters to return & item_a & return
	if (the_list_as_string contains result) then
	set p to (count paragraphs of text item 1 of the_list_as_string)
	if (p is 0) then set p to 1 -- Catch modern paragraph count for empty text.
	set p to p mod 2
	set otherItem to paragraph (p * 2 - 1) of text item (p + 1) of the_list_as_string
	on error
	return null
	end try
	set AppleScript's text item delimiters to astid
	return otherItem
	return null
	end if
	end getSingelton
end script
tell pruneDupFWins to run

[kirkmc adds: Looking at the script, I really don't understand much, but I tested it and it works.]
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Resolve problem with iTunes not recognizing iPhoto library Apps
A number of people, including some I know, have had a problem with iTunes not recognizing their iPhoto libraries, and not being able to sync them to their new iPhones. It turns out, as explained in this Apple support forum thread, that extraneous ampersand characters (&) are causing the Album Data2.xml file to be parsed incorrectly. One friend showed me that in his case it was an & in a song title. Removing the & characters seems to fix this. So if you're having problems syncing photos, this may be the reason why.
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Add your phone number to OS X Messages Apps
Glenn Fleishmann, writing for TidBITS, had a problem getting his phone number to work with Messages on Mountain Lion. He tried a number of things to get it to work, then finally found out that he had to log out and back in on his iPhone. He tapped Settings > Messages > Send & Receive, and then tapped Apple ID. He then tapped Sign Out, then tapped Use Your Apple ID for iMessage, and logged back in.

If you have this problem, try the above. And see the original article for more details and screenshots.
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Search the iTunes Store and Mac App Store from a browser Apps
Following yesterday's hint about dragging Mac App Store and iTunes Store icons to web browser for easier browsing, I realized that we don't have a hint about using Google to search for content in the iTunes Store or the Mac App Store. Since Apple provides all this content on the web, it's easy.

Search as follows: search_terms For example, Einstein on the Beach You'll get a number of hits, for the different countries where the iTunes Store or Mac App Store are available. If you want to limit the search to a specific country, you can do so like this: Einstein on the Beach, where the two letters between the slashes are the code for the country where you're searching.

I have a LaunchBar search template set up as follows:* You can do this in other programs as well.

Follow-up: I removed the link above; for some reason, it looks lIke I can't create a link to a Google search from here. I'll look into it.
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Create Outlook-like reminders for Mail with a keyboard shortcut Apps
I just read this hint, about creating Outlook-like reminders for Mail, and thought I would submit my variation on this that I created a few weeks ago. I liked the functionality of creating reminders from e-mail messages and having the link for the message in the reminder, but the requirement of dragging and dropping killed it for me.

So I created an Automator service and AppleScript that gives me the exact same result but with a keyboard shortcut so I never have to leave Mail.

Create a new Automator service.

Select "Service receives no input."

Add Get Selected Mail Items and select Messages in the drop down menu.

Add Run AppleScript and paste in the following script:

on run {input, parameters}
	tell application "Mail"
		set _sel to selection
		set _links to {}
		set the _message to item 1 ¬
			of the _sel
		set theSubject to subject of _message
		set message_id to the message id of the _message
	end tell
	set message_url to "message://%3c" & message_id & "%3e"
	set end of _links to message_url
	set the clipboard to (_links as string)
	set theBody to the clipboard
	tell application "Reminders"
		set theReminder to make new reminder with properties {name:theSubject, body:theBody, priority:1}
	end tell
	return input
end run
Save the service, add a shortcut, and you're done.

Here is my stackexchange post on the subject along with my solution . User Kevin Oneill provided an AppleScript that I haven't played with yet but he says it will add the body of the e-mail to the Reminder's entry which some people may prefer, since it would be viewable on an iOS device as well.
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Drag Mac App Store and iTunes Store icons to web browser for easier browsing Apps
Browsing the Mac App store and iTunes Store can be annoying if you're used to using tabs in your web browser. You can only view one page at a time in either store, so if you want to check out a number of items, say, after you've run a search, it's click, back-arrow, click, back-arrow…

The Finer Things in Tech web site notes a nice trick to make this easier that I hadn't thought of before. Just drag icons from the Mac App Store or iTunes Store to your web browser, or on your browser's icon in the Dock. You can see most of the same information in Safari as you can in these stores, as they are simply collections of HTML pages. If you want to view multiple items in your browser, open a new tab before dragging an icon; if not, it loads the most recently dragged icon in the frontmost tab, rather than in a new tab.
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