Further to my question about app options for taking quick jots, I’ve compiled a summary of findings to date. Thanks to @cm @kaa @teisam @twelvety. I’m almost surprised I didn’t end up discovering Evernote (c.f Cortex podcast)
February 12, 2019 at 9:02 pm
@canion thanks for the list. I was thinking about this. I think what I really want is a plugin or modification of Spotlight as I use that so much to get around the Mac. Envoke Spotlight, type the quicknote, then a hotkey to save out a plain text file to a spot I can specify in a pref/config file. I’ve never done any Mac dev before and I have no time to do so but I’m not going to let that stop me from looking into it 😉
February 12, 2019 at 9:06 pm
@cm I’ve just been exploring such a thing, not with Spotlight, but with my chosen replacement, LaunchBar. I am guessing the same could be achieved with Alfred or Quicksilver.
February 12, 2019 at 9:10 pm
@canion I have made a hotkey for such a purpose for every writing app I have used. Currently I use Notebooks. I use Keyboard Maestro to make hotkeys for all kinds of stuff. Recently I turned my caps lock key into a master hotkey combo shift-control-option-command with Karabiner.
February 12, 2019 at 9:12 pm
@canion For example, capslock-J opens a new text file in Notebooks and gives it the headers I used for my daily journal.
February 12, 2019 at 9:52 pm
@rmcrob Thanks for the recommendation, I’ve just taken your advice and installed Karabiner. I think I’m only going to use it to create that ‘hyper’ key, but it’s worth it because I never use Caps Lock.
February 12, 2019 at 10:08 pm
@canion That is the only thing I use it for. Surely there is another way to do that job, but it’s easy with Karabiner.
February 13, 2019 at 12:21 am
@canion I use caps lock all too often, and always by accident.
February 13, 2019 at 12:23 am
@jeremycherfas Me too. That’s why it’s the perfect candidate for a mash key.
February 13, 2019 at 12:33 am
@rmcrob So, pressing it once accidentally wouldn’t make it do whatever you had programmed it to do, because that is only in conjunction with some other key?
February 13, 2019 at 12:37 am
@canion I’m with @kaa and use The Archive for this and other stuff behind. I created an Automator action that opens a little text box and appends whatever I put into it into a specific Diary file, and I also create one-off quick notes, but they need to be processed frequently or they become meaningless.
February 13, 2019 at 12:54 am
@jeremycherfas Only if you pressed it in combo with some other key you have set up as a hotkey.
February 13, 2019 at 12:57 am
@jeremycherfas Right. (Sorry I didn’t read your full message earlier.) I have it set up so that it is exactly like pressing control-option-command-shift, but without the gymnastics.
February 13, 2019 at 1:46 am
@canion that’s all i use it for as well… to turn my caps lock key into a powerhouse. feels weird to run an app just for that but I use BTT for everything else.
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