Productivity Sauce

Dmitri Popov
Use Klipper Clipboard Actions for Better Productivity

Jun 28, 2011 GMT

The Klipper clipboard manager is one of many great KDE tools. It not only maintains a clipboard history, making it easier to recover previously copied items: the utility also sports a few nifty features like the ability to edit the contents of the clipboard and generate a QR code for the current item in the clipboard. However, Klipper's most useful, yet often overlooked, feature is so-called clipboard actions. It allows you to configure Klipper to run user-defined actions on specific types of clipboard contents. For example, when you copy a URL, you can configure Klipper to automatically open it in the browser of your choice. To create a new action, click on the Klipper icon in the system...
Publish Tomboy Notes on Ubuntu Pastebin

Jun 27, 2011 GMT

Pastebin services like Ubuntu Pastebin are handy for sharing text and code snippets with a minimum of fuss. And if you happen to use Tomboy as your tool of choice for storing and organizing scribbles and code snippets, you'll appreciate the PasteBinIt addin which lets you publish any Tomboy note on Ubuntu Pastebin. To install the addin, grab its latest version from the project's website, and move the downloaded PasteBinIt.dll file to the ~/.config/tomboy/addins/ directory. In the Tomboy, choose Edit | Preferences | Add-ins and enable the PasteBinIt addin under the Tools section. To publish the currently opened note, press the Tools button and choose the Paste Bin it! command.Via OMG!Ubuntu!
Extension Watch: Google Font Previewer

Jun 22, 2011 GMT

The Google Web Fonts repository is a real treasure trove for anyone looking for high-quality open source fonts, but finding the font you like among dozens of available typefaces can be a time-consuming task. Fortunately, there is a nifty tool that can help you to quickly preview the fonts available in the repository -- provided you use Google Chrome or Chromium as your browser of choice. Using he Google Font Previewer extension, you can access all Google web fonts with a single mouse click. What's more, when you select a font, it's automatically applied to the currently viewed web page, so you immediately see what the font looks like in a real-world situation. You can apply the font to...
Getting Started with SparkleShare

Jun 21, 2011 GMT

If you follow Linux-related news, you've probably heard about SparkleShare, a promising open source alternative to the popular Dropbox service. SparkleShare has been under active development for some time, but the latest 0.2.2 release is actually the first version suitable for practical use. Mind you, it's far from ready for production use, so install it only if you want to satisfy your curiosity, or if you enjoy using bleeding edge releases.While you can find .deb SparkShare packages in the wild, your best bet is to compile the software from source. This is a rather straightforward thing to do. First off, you need to install the required dependencies. On Ubuntu, this can be done by...
Save Text Selection as a Tomboy Note with Autokey

Jun 16, 2011 GMT

Since Autokey supports Python, you can automate virtually any task using simple (or complex) scripts. A recent addition to my ever-growing collection of handy Autokey scripts is a relatively simple solution for saving text selections as Tomboy notes: import sys, dbus, gobject, dbus.glib snippet = clipboard.get_selection() retCode, title = dialog.input_dialog("Note Title", "Enter note title:") bus = dbus.SessionBus() obj = bus.get_object("org.gnome.Tomboy", "/org/gnome/Tomboy/RemoteControl") tomboy = dbus.Interface(obj, "org.gnome.Tomboy.RemoteControl") newnote=tomboy.CreateNamedNote(title) tomboy.SetNoteContents(newnote, ...
Generate HTML Photo Gallery in a Pinch with llgal

Jun 09, 2011 GMT

There are plenty of powerful open source web-based applications for sharing photos out there. But if you need to publish a bunch of photos on the web as a simple static HTML gallery without all the bells and whistles, a command-line tool like llgal can come in rather handy. This little tool is available in the software repositories of many popular Linux distributions, so you can install it in a pinch. Using llgal to generate an HTML gallery couldn't be easier: in the terminal, switch to a folder containing photos, and run the llgal command. This creates a gallery using default settings. However, llgal supports a handful of options you can use to tweak its behavior and the resulting...
Extension Watch: Instant File Sharing with drag2up for Chrome and Chromium

Jun 06, 2011 GMT

It's not immediately apparent how exactly the drag2up extension works and what it actually does: once installed, it doesn't add any new buttons or menu entires. But the extension doesn't need to expose itself, because it does its job in the background. And its job is a pretty simple one: when you drag a document, a file, or an image from your desktop onto a form field on a web page, the extension automatically uploads the item to one of the supported services. Not sure how this can be useful? Say you want to share a photo using the Identi.ca microblogging service. Simply drag the photo you want onto the status update field on Identi'ca's main page, and drag2up will automatically upload...

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