Archive for the ‘iPhone’ Category

January 31 '12 - 1:27 pm
Sync A Wi-Fi iPhone Follow Up

Several Correspondents have wired in to report that the Sync a Wi-Fi iPhone Once a Day With launchd tip is great and all but how can more than one Wi-Fi device be sync’d? Currently the script only targets a single iPhone or iPad. If you want to sync all connected devices you’ll need a different script. (more…)

January 26 '12 - 10:22 am
Sync a Wi-Fi iPhone Once a Day With launchd

A while back, I retired my iPhone 3GS to the bedside table after buying an iPhone 4. I use the 3GS pretty much as a glorified clock radio-iPod Touch. I have a few radio apps on it and the Digital Clock app. I also have it set to sync and back up over Wi-Fi to my main iMac so I manually initiate a sync when I need to update Podcasts and apps and what have you.

This manual syncing has become tiresome. (I mean, if I used a traditional clock radio, I wouldn’t have to update its content manually, right?)

It’s simple enough to write an AppleScript to sync a connected iPhone but I want the script to run on a regular basis without me having to fire it. I like to listen to Podcasts in the evening so sometime during dinner would be a good time to update the 3GS with any Podcasts that have arrived during the day. For this, I can create a launchd agent to fire the AppleScript that syncs the 3GS in the background. Here’s how to get all that to swing: (more…)

August 6 '11 - 5:01 pm
UPDATED: PDF Adder v4.0

Some smart-guy at Apple thought to include an alias to the iTunes.app in the /Library/PDF Services folder to make it easy to add PDFs to iTunes from the Print Dialog. But then if you want to add tags to the PDF you have to go into iTunes, dig up the track and do a Get Info.

Regular visitors will already be aware of the “Add as PDF to iTunes” PDF Service that is part of my three-script PDF Adder collection. I’ve just updated these as Cocoa-AppleScripts (for OS X 10.6 and 10.7 only).

These three AppleScripts assist with adding PDF files to iTunes as “digital booklet” PDF tracks. Each provides a method for easily supplying Author (artist), Album, Category (genre), Year, Rating and Description tag data which is then applied to the newly-added PDF track:

  • Add as PDF to iTunes is a PDF Service workflow that, when installed, will be available in the PDF pop-up menu of the Print Dialog. It allows you to save the current document as a PDF file (from any application that uses the Print Dialog) and add it to iTunes. I describe here how I use it with Safari Reader.
  • PDF Adder is an applet that will let you choose an existing PDF file and add it to iTunes. It can be installed in iTunes’ Scripts folder for easy access from iTunes Script menu.
  • PDF Dropper is a droplet that lets you add a PDF file to iTunes by drag-and-drop.

PDFs added to iTunes with these scripts will appear in the “Books” library and can sync with the iBooks app on iPhone or iPad.

August 21 '08 - 4:05 pm
UPDATED: New iPod Playlist From Selection v3.2

New iPod Playlist From Selection will copy selected iTunes tracks, or the tracks of a selected iTunes playlist, to a new user-named iPod playlist.

Latest version fixes a problem with a benign “Apple Event timed out” error that would appear.

August 21 '08 - 4:03 pm
UPDATE: Selected Tags to Lyrics v1.1

Primarily for iPhone and iPod touch users, Selected Tags to Lyrics will copy any combination of Name, Artist, Album, Grouping, Composer, BPM, Comment, (Long) Description, Year and/or Bit Rate tags to the Lyrics tag of the selected tracks, such that this info will be available with a tap when the track is playing. Can append to or replace current Lyrics info.

Latest version accounts for description and long description, preferring the latter, and adds “year” and “bit rate” as options

August 17 '08 - 10:00 am
UPDATE: New iPod Playlist From Selection v3.1

New iPod Playlist From Selection copies selected iTunes tracks, or the tracks of a selected iTunes playlist, to a new user-named iPod playlist. Works only with iPods set to “Manually manage music and videos”, and very handily when assigned an iTunes Scripts Menu Shortcut. I use Control-Command-N.

This latest version fixes an issue with intermittent copying

August 17 '08 - 9:58 am
UPDATED: Lossless to AAC Workflow v2.1

Lossless to AAC Workflow is a set of two scripts which assist with importing/managing Apple Lossless audio files and sending converted AAC copies to a mounted iPod set to “manually manage songs and videos”.

Lossless to AAC Workflow (CD->iPod):

  • Imports each enabled CD track as an Apple Lossless file
  • Makes a converted AAC copy of each imported Lossless file
  • Adds the AAC file to iPod, deleting the original AAC from iTunes.

Lossless to AAC Workflow (iTunes->iPod):

  • Makes a converted AAC copy of each Lossless track selected in iTunes
  • Adds the AAC file to iPod, deleting the original AAC from iTunes.

In this way you can keep archived Lossless files on your hard drive, and manageable AAC files on your iPod.

This latest version fixes an issue with intermittent copying.

August 17 '08 - 9:54 am
UPDATED: Rip to iPod v2.1

Rip To iPod v2.1 will import each enabled (checkmarked) CD track to iTunes and immediately copy it to iPod, removing the track from the iTunes library and deleting the original file, thus giving the appearance of seamless CD-to-iPod importing. You can also change your encoder on-the-fly and your Preferences-set encoder will be restored after the rip. Requires that iPod be set to “Manually manage music and videos”. iPods set to sync are ignored.

This latest version fixes an issue with intermittent copying.

June 9 '08 - 4:36 pm
iTunes 7.7 On the Horizon

The Unofficial Apple Weblog notes that the new iPhone 3G, available July 11, requires iTunes 7.7. Release date unknown, but obviously it will be before 7/11.

June 5 '08 - 12:36 pm
NEW: Selected Tags to Lyrics

I never bother much with Lyrics, so I didn’t realize Lyrics for the current track on the iPhone or iPod Touch could be made visible until Far-Flung Antipodes Correspondent Jon Jong queried about putting various tags into the Lyrics tag so they could be viewed instead.



Selected Tags to Lyrics will allow you to copy any combination of the Name, Artist, Album, Grouping, Composer, BPM, Comments and/or Description of the selected tracks to the Lyrics tag of each. Tap-tap, and there you are!

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