Comments on: Toggle Twitter http://www.red-sweater.com/blog/1646/toggle-twitter Mac & Technology Writings by Daniel Jalkut Sun, 16 Mar 2014 19:39:31 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.1 By: Eric Dobson http://www.red-sweater.com/blog/1646/toggle-twitter/comment-page-1#comment-155992 Sat, 29 Jan 2011 23:03:31 +0000 http://www.red-sweater.com/blog/?p=1646#comment-155992 Jason: I agree with Daniel, it definitely isn’t a big deal for everyone, and you’re not missing anything. For me, I often have so many apps open that the Cmd + Tab method could take a half-dozen keystrokes. I could use LaunchBar and type 3 keystrokes, or I can use this script and only type 1. With muscle memory it will happen instantly without thought or distraction. Not a huge deal, but when I find dozens of such shortcuts and they add up to a couple hundred small tasks each day, it makes a difference.

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By: Daniel Jalkut http://www.red-sweater.com/blog/1646/toggle-twitter/comment-page-1#comment-155987 Sat, 29 Jan 2011 22:27:53 +0000 http://www.red-sweater.com/blog/?p=1646#comment-155987 Hi Jason – I find it much easier on my brain to think of things like this as toggles. Having to use different keystrokes, possibly getting lost in an unexpected app, these are not things I like to deal with.

I guess you either see the value or you don’t. I don’t think you’re missing anything, though. If the Cmd-H and Cmd-Tab method works as effortlessly for you, then there’s certainly no benefit for you in using the script. (Aside from the fact that the script will also automatically launch the first Twitter app in the list if it’s not already running).

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By: Jason http://www.red-sweater.com/blog/1646/toggle-twitter/comment-page-1#comment-155986 Sat, 29 Jan 2011 22:06:25 +0000 http://www.red-sweater.com/blog/?p=1646#comment-155986 I don’t understand this. There’s a built in “Hide window” shortcut in OSX, which is (by default) Command-h. Then all you have to do is Command-Tab to it to get it back.

The one thing this script saves you is not having to command-tab however many times you have running applications for. But what else is more compelling about this that I’m not understanding?

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By: David Levine http://www.red-sweater.com/blog/1646/toggle-twitter/comment-page-1#comment-155669 Sun, 23 Jan 2011 11:32:58 +0000 http://www.red-sweater.com/blog/?p=1646#comment-155669 Thanks for the post. I never thought about setting the global shortcut to hide and show the app. I use Twitter for Mac and I just set the shortcut to Cmd-Ctrl-T. It makes sense.

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By: Chucky http://www.red-sweater.com/blog/1646/toggle-twitter/comment-page-1#comment-155639 Sun, 23 Jan 2011 00:44:38 +0000 http://www.red-sweater.com/blog/?p=1646#comment-155639 “Just another reason I really need to get into AppleScript.”

Very mild learning curve. The beauty of the “human language” metaphor AS uses is that it makes it quite easy to take other folks’ code samples, and pretty much understand what they’re doing right off the bat.

Then you can modify them for yourself, and before you know it, you are semi-proficient in AS.

The killer app of AS is that it’s readable.

Coders hate the language, but non-coding power users find much to use there.

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By: Ron L http://www.red-sweater.com/blog/1646/toggle-twitter/comment-page-1#comment-155626 Sat, 22 Jan 2011 21:02:30 +0000 http://www.red-sweater.com/blog/?p=1646#comment-155626 Thanks Daniel, that works perfectly.

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By: Eric Dobson http://www.red-sweater.com/blog/1646/toggle-twitter/comment-page-1#comment-155623 Sat, 22 Jan 2011 20:47:17 +0000 http://www.red-sweater.com/blog/?p=1646#comment-155623 Just another reason I really need to get into AppleScript. I’ll definitely be adapting this to work with other application groups. Thanks for another helpful post!

-Eric

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By: Daniel Jalkut http://www.red-sweater.com/blog/1646/toggle-twitter/comment-page-1#comment-155622 Sat, 22 Jan 2011 20:42:04 +0000 http://www.red-sweater.com/blog/?p=1646#comment-155622 Hi Ron – I put all my custom scripts in ~/Library/Scripts, and sort of arbitrarily organize them into folders by theme. For example I have a folder called “Application Shortuts” which is for all the scripts I have that simply open a specific app (Cmd-Opt-Shift-W for Safari, for example). I put this Twitter toggler in that folder.

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By: Ron L http://www.red-sweater.com/blog/1646/toggle-twitter/comment-page-1#comment-155621 Sat, 22 Jan 2011 20:36:41 +0000 http://www.red-sweater.com/blog/?p=1646#comment-155621 Daniel

Out of curiosity, what folder do you put the script in? There are several options, and I go back and forth on which one should be used for system-wide scripts via FastScripts.

Ron

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