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Recent Menu now Open Source

My app Recent Menu is now open source, and not available from the Mac App Store anymore. Feel free to download the source code from GitHub or the app from my website. Source code as well as the binary are available under a MIT license.

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OS X Notifications With Custom Images

Most interesting, the NSUserNotification class has gained a new ability in OS X 10.9 to display custom images.

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NSData Base64 Support

This took me by suprise today, when surfing the OS X Mavericks documentation: The NSData object now has built-in support for Base64 encoding and decoding.

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Detecting Launch At Login Revisited

In the past, I presented two approaches for a sandboxed OS X application to check whether it was launched at login via a helper app or not. Both of them don't work anymore on OS X 10.8 and newer, but I will present them nevertheless for better understanding, before turning to a new approach that works well on OS X 10.8 and 10.9.

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Links 3

Though there are some really nice OS X command line tools, there is not really much information available on how to write, build and distribute them. This is like in old times when you had to experiment and try out something in order to get it to work. Nevertheless I collected some links that may help in writing command line tools for OS X.

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SMLoginItemSetEnabled Demystified

Have you ever wondered how the SMLoginItemSetEnabled function works? How to remove an application from launching at login from outside that application? Well, read on.

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Bring Brow to Alfred

If you are using Brow to synchronize your Chrome and Firefox bookmarks with Spotlight, it is quite easy to also bring them to Alfred, the popular productivity application.

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[Snippet] Get App From Bundle Identifier

Have a bundle identifier like com.apple.Safari and want to know which applications are associated with it and where on your system you have installed instances of the application?

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[Snippet] Rebuild Finder''s Context Menu

I have a lot of snippets that I found somewhere on the web, ages ago, or created myself. They solve small problems and range from making OS X working better to Cocoa development issues. Until now I didn't have any central location for storing them, but will now begin publishing them on my blog, not least with the hidden agenda to not have them stored locally anymore.

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