Tembo helps you sort through search results by providing context-sensitive filters. The drill-down views for different groups show different filters. Most filters provide a list of values found in the current search results. Select a value to see only results matching that value.
E.g. the filter sidebar for the Documents group list file types. The PDF Documents group can be filtered by author. Images can be filtered by resolution and file type. Etc.
Continue reading Select several filter values
This post applies to Tembo 1.x. Please refer to the newer blog post for the updated URL scheme used by Tembo 2.
Tembo implements a custom URL scheme. This can be used with LaunchBar search templates to quickly start Tembo searches from within LaunchBar.
Tembo search URLs have the following format:
Such URLs can be invoked by any application, launcher, script, etc. In this article we will look at setting up a search template in LaunchBar.
Continue reading Start a Tembo search from LaunchBar
Improve your Sudoku Uno skills by accepting the occasional hint. Sudoku Uno gives you the reasoning behind hints so that you can learn and apply new solving techniques.
Sudoku Uno includes a powerful solver. Unlike most Sudoku solvers, Sudoku Uno solely relies on human logic. It does not brute force the game to find a solution. Instead it applies that same techniques you would apply.
This gives Sudoku Uno the unique ability to explain the reasoning behind the hints it gives you. When you ask Sudoku Uno for a hint your are not (only) cheating. You can actually improve your skills by learning the techniques used to solve Sudoku grids.
Continue reading Play & master Sudoko
If you prefer to use a keyboard to type on your iPhone, iPad or Apple TV but don’t want to actually buy one, Type2Phone will allow you to use your Mac instead. Not only did you not need to buy an extra keyboard, but you also have one less keyboard cluttering up your desk.
Using your Mac as a keyboard has many more advantages:
- Copy-paste text to your device (command-shift-v)
- Use Mac OS X dictation
- Set up custom keyboard shortcuts
- Quickly switch between Mac and iPhone. Just command-tab
There is much more you can do by combining the power of Type2Phone with that of other utilities on your Mac.
Continue reading Automate Type2Phone
HoudahGeo integrates with iPhoto, Aperture and Lightroom. This makes it easy to geotag photos that are managed by your favorite photo library.
Continue reading Geotag photos managed by Adobe Lightroom
Tembo includes a couple of hidden features and settings. Read on for instructions to enable or configure these features.
- Default search scope
- List mounted volumes
- Maximum result count
- Sort by date added
- Grouped results: Date and time values
- Show results with no value for the sort attribute
These settings are intentionally hidden.
If things go wrong, you may need to trash your Tembo preferences file.
Continue reading Tembo: Hidden features and settings
HoudahGeo offers several options for geocoding your photos: automatic using GPS track logs, using GPS waypoints, using built-in maps, using Google Earth, etc.
One of the lesser known options is geocoding from reference photos (aka. gap fill geocoding). The basic idea behind this technique is pretty simple. Your iPhone creates geocoded photos. You may however find the camera lacking when compared to your regular digital camera. Your preferred camera on the other hand lacks a GPS chip. HoudahGeo can match up geocoded photos from your iPhone with photos taken around the same time using your regular camera. It can thus assume both were taken at the same location.
Continue reading Geocoding using iPhone reference photos
This post refers to HoudahSpot 3. The same general ideas apply to HoudahSpot 4. A future post will provide more details.
Diehard Unix gurus are going to be shocked to see Excel and the Unix shell mentioned in the same breath. Yet this can prove a very powerful combination. Continue reading Ease shell operations using a spreadsheet
HoudahGeo supports a couple of advanced settings to customized EXIF/XMP export.
- Preserve file modification dates
- Default metadata attribute values
- Additional metadata attribute values
- Preserved metadata attributes
These settings are intentionally hidden and meant only for advanced users.
If things go wrong, you will need to trash your HoudahGeo preferences file.
Continue reading Advanced settings for EXIF/XMP export
This post refers to HoudahSpot 3. The same general ideas apply to HoudahSpot 4. A newer post provides more details.
With HoudahSpot it is easy to find files based on a prototype file: a file that has something in common with the files you are looking for. Continue reading Find by example