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NC #774 LINEDOCK, Adaptive Headlights, Live Show Goes Wrong, Nightwatch, SpotOn, Security Bits

Hi, this is Allison Sheridan of the NosillaCast Apple Podcast, hosted at, a technology geek podcast with an EVER so slight Apple bias. Today is Sunday, March 8, 2020, and this is show number 774.

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CCATP #628 — Bart Busschots on Creating Automator Quick Actions

This week’s Chit Chat Across the Pond is a bit unusual. As I’ll tell you in the intro, it isn’t really an episode of Programming By Stealth and it’s not quite light enough for a Chit Chat Across the Pond Lite. As Bart described it, it’s “PBS Adjacent”. But before that scares you away if you’re not a programmer, let me explain why you’ll still get something out of it.

In this episode, Bart explains how he built a series of Services to help him manipulate text. Services are created using Automator, and they are accessed via the menu of any application that supports the particular Service you create. Apple has unhelpfully renamed the way you create Services as Quick Actions inside Automator.

In this episode Bart explains how he used JavaScript to create Quick Actions to change selected text to lower, upper, or title case and even plain text. He’s got ones that count characters, lines or words. You know how annoying it is when you copy some text and it’s got leading or trailing spaces, and then it doesn’t work properly when you paste, say something like a phone number into a web form? He’s even got one that will trim that annoying white space off of the clipboard.

But I said I would make sure you’re not scared off if you’re not a JavaScript programmer. Bart very helpfully made all of his Quick Action/Services available for download so you can install them on your Mac and use them without any programming at all.

It was a fun episode and we both enjoyed ourselves immensely. For once we didn’t strictly stay on task either and chatted a bit because we were having such a good, relaxed time.

Since this episode didn’t fit in Chit Chat Across the Pond Lite or Programming By Stealth, I decided to put it in both! Look for it in your podcatcher of choice, or you can listen right over at episode CCATP #628. Bart’s written tutorial is available at where you can also find the download link for his Quick Actions.

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