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Sparseimage Compactor

Icon Sparseimage Compactor Automator Service Workflow
An Automator service to run the UNIX shell script hdiutil compact to reduce the file size of sparse disk images and bundles. If you don’t know what a sparse disk image is, then you likely don’t need this software yet. If you want to learn more, please launch the Disk Utility and search its help for “sparse disk image”.

Download:

Sparseimage Compactor
Automator service workflow in a DMG disk image archive, 357 KB
Version 2.0, 2 May 2019
Universal binary, requires Mac OS X 10.6.8 Snow Leopard or later, tested up to macOS 10.12.6 Sierra.

Known issues:
  • Being an “unidentified developer” myself, installing the workflow file will return a system security warning. Please allow the installation manually via System Preferences > Security & Privacy > General.
  • The hdiutil compact command will not be executed if a Mac is running on battery power, it will return an error instead.
  • Detailed error messages are not being displayed upfront. Please see the Console app instead.

Discogs Insert iTunes Playlist

AppleScript Document Icon
A script to copy an iTunes playlist and paste the selected track titles and durations into the Discogs submission form opened in the default browser – either in Safari (v1.5) or in Google Chrome (v1.6). If you’re not submitting releases to discogs.com, then you don’t need this script at all.

Download:

Discogs Insert iTunes Playlist v1.5
AppleScript bundle in a ZIP archive, 29 KB
Version 1.5 for Safari, 20 February 2016

Discogs Insert iTunes Playlist v1.6
AppleScript bundle in a ZIP archive, 31 KB
Version 1.6 for Google Chrome, 17 September 2018

Supported only via discogs.com/group/thread/776590, a free Discogs membership is required.

SafariConnect

SafariConnect
A simple applet (an AppleScript application) which activates the Internet connection via PPP (analog modem) and launches the Safari browser. If the PPP connection is already open while SafariConnect is running, it will be terminated instead while leaving Safari alone.

Download:

SafariConnect
Application in a DMG archive (Disk Image), 53 KB
Version 1.1, 11 February 2007
Universal Binary, requires Mac OS X 10.3.9 (Panther) or Mac OS X 10.4.11 (Tiger) and a Mac with an analog modem.

Known issue:
  • Probably useless as of .