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Applescript to work around a Finder bug in Mavericks

Mon, 01/06/2014 - 14:00
Mavericks introduced several bugs into the Finder. One of them is that in List View, the Finder frequently loses track of the column widths, and makes the Name column so wide that the other columns aren't visible unless one scrolls the window horizontally.

The following Applescript resets the column widths to something sensible. It uses a couple kludges to work around some *other* Finder bugs that Mavericks introduced. -- Reset the width of the Finder's Name column to something sensible. tell application "Finder" set thisFolder to target of front Finder window set the current view of front Finder window to list view -- In previous versions of OS X, the next line would tell the Finder to set the width -- to exactly 300. In Mavericks, the Finder uses it as a *minimum* width. set width of column id name column of list view options of Finder window 1 to 300 -- The following kludge is necessary to get the changes to "take". I got it from -- Dr. Drang at www.leanc ...

Import lists into Reminders app on Mac from a plain text file.

Fri, 01/03/2014 - 13:50
I wanted to import lists into the Reminders app on the iMac. (iCloud syncs the lists to other devices ... when sync is functioning correctly.) The Reminders app's import function acts only on .ics files. Went seeking solutions for plain text files.

Found Ben's Applescript at http://benguild.com/2012/04/11/how-to-import-tasks-to-do-items-into-ios-reminders/.

It provides a nice technique to import a list from a plain text file into the Reminders app on Mac OS X.

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