Mundane? Trivial? Sure, that’s much of what we do on a Mac; double-click this, wait for that app to open, find and re-copy something we already copied moments ago. If only there was a Mac utility which could speed up those routine tasks and save us a few seconds a hundred times a day.
The Butler Did It
Every great murder mystery seems to have a butler, and all to often he’s the culprit who is identified as the killer at the end of the novel.
The butler did it. In this case, the Mac app that does all those routine tasks is called Butler; definitely not a one-trick pony utility.
Butler is a fully customizable utility which performs a bunch of simple but often time consuming tasks for Mac users.
It’s made up of Triggers and Tasks. Assign a trigger to a task and Butler performs the task with less effort on your part.
Butler’s many customized tasks can be invoked from within any application with a click to the Menubar.
You’d expect a real butler to be flexible, and the Mac Butler follows in the same tradition.
The Triggers include Menubar, Docklet, Popup Menus, Keyboard Abbreviations, Hotkeys, Hot corners, and Events.
Each of those Triggers can be assigned to a Task. Here’s a sample.
- launch applications
- open files
- access preference panes
- manage bookmarks
- search the web
- run AppleScripts
- extend the pasteboard
- enter text snippets
- simulate keystrokes
- control iTunes
- accelerate Spotlight
- move/copy files
Butler can save you plenty of seconds dozens of times each day; that’s minutes that turn into hours over time. If there’s a negative it’s that Butler needs to be customized. You assign the Triggers to the tasks the way that they fit into your workflow.
That requires initial upfront effort, but the end result is faster performance, fewer mistakes, and a better Mac experience.