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rdlsmith Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
I'm a new iMac user. So far so good. In PC land I could use notepad for quick notes and things. Very simple. And it had a feature that I really liked.

I could press F5 and insert the date and time.

Is there any such replacement for editing TEXT files on the Mac that would also have that feature? It needs to be light weight and fast to load if possible.

Thanks

iMac 20/2.0/2G/250/SD/BT/AP, Mac OS X (10.4.7)
  • mhunter Level 6 Level 6 (9,190 points)
    The NotePad equivalent on the Mac is TextEdit.

    It's located in the Applications folder.

    It's simple, fast, and very light-weight. It is the default text reader on your Mac. It's the one that will open if you double-click on a plain text file.

    I don't believe it has the Time and Date stamp feature.

    But, it's going to be the closest thing to NotePad that comes pre-loaded on the Mac.

    And, since all Mac's have it, it's the standard


    Hope this helps.
  • rdlsmith Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Thanks but the Time/Date feature was key.
  • mduser63 Level 2 Level 2 (480 points)
    You can use AppleScript to add the time and date feature. I've got to leave or I'd post detailed instructions, but basically you need to write a script to insert the current date and time into the front TextEdit document, then enable your script menu and put the script in it. I've seen example scripts in books about AppleScript that do exactly what you're asking about. You should even be able to assign a keyboard shortcut to it. I'll post instructions here later.

    I might add that TextEdit is MUCH more powerful than Notepad. It's really a word processor that also happens to be included on every Mac and not bloated.
  • Patrick Ellis1 Level 3 Level 3 (750 points)
    There are a number of potential Note Pad replacements that can be found and downloaded from Versiontracker or MacUpdate. Applications such as NotePad, Notes, Notes Guru etc...
  • mhunter Level 6 Level 6 (9,190 points)
    Hello,

    Thanks but the Time/Date feature was key.


    Here's a link to an AppleScript that you can download and activate to copy the data and time to your clipboard and then paste into your documents:

    http://bbs.applescript.net/viewtopic.php?pid=58621

    They show the script in their conversation / discussion. But, if you get an account and log-in you can download it instead of doing things manually.

    This script would then be able to work with any program that you can paste information into.


    I hope this helps.
  • xTru7hx Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
    Isnt mhunter just theeee greatest?
  • mhunter Level 6 Level 6 (9,190 points)
    Hello,

    Isnt mhunter just theeee greatest?


    Thank you, thank you

    Send all your stars here

    Seriously though, I just wore out my Apple Pro keyboard. It's less than 6 months old (purchased separately - not part of a computer package with warranty). So, I'm looking for something that can handle all this typing.

    Stuck on the old MS-Natural Keyboard spare for now.

    I guess Apple's Pro keyboard just isn't designed for these forums
  • xTru7hx Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
    did u see my speaker bulletin mhunter?
  • mhunter Level 6 Level 6 (9,190 points)
    Hello,

    did u see my speaker bulletin mhunter?


    Yes. I got distracted swapping out keyboards (old one was getting hard to type on). I forgot to go back and reply.

    Sorry about that. I'll jump over there now.
  • rdlsmith Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I like the idea of using AppleScript. Looking for tutorals and such now. Also, found out how to add to the menu bar. Under info, found a date/time script. Not the format I want and it's way too much work. To the clipboard and then to the application etc. I want to hit a key and go.

    Maybe those scripts you pointed out will do the trick. Still looking at those but...

    How do I add those scrips to TextEdit? I click on Text Edit, Services, Script Editor but the options are disabled.
  • mhunter Level 6 Level 6 (9,190 points)
    You would actually add those scripts to the system. Then, you could access them from any program.

    At least that would seem to be the best method.

    Many scripts can be used system-wide. And, then if you like, you could probably write a script that would perform the whole operation for you.

    Perhaps assign a hot-key to a script that would use the first script to copy the time and date and then paste it.

    With scripts, the flexibility is endless.

    Another option is Automator. This one plugs-into your various apps and functions directly. You can fully customize your own functions with minimal time and a very low learning curve.

    Here's some good articles on Automator to get you started:

    http://www.macworld.com/topics/automator/index.php

    http://www.macworld.com/2005/11/features/automatorhome/index.php

    http://www.macworld.com/2006/04/secrets/junegeekfactor/index.php

    http://www.macworld.com/2005/10/features/automatortrialrun/index.php


    Once you understand how the program works, you'll find it capable of building pre-programmed tasks for everything from file operations, to Safari, to e-mail, iPhoto, and so on.


    Hope this helps.
  • rdlsmith Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Hey that sounds like an even better option. I don't want the hotkey in Text Edit to be system wide. If it were it would conflict with other programs. I'll look over what you sent.

    Thanks
  • mhunter Level 6 Level 6 (9,190 points)
    Hope that works for you. Let us know.
  • rdlsmith Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Well, that didn't work. I can get it to do stuff but how do I assign it to a key? I did the example of giving me a list of folders but when I run it, I get two TextEditors. I don't want to run it from Automator. I want to run it from within TextEdit and have it paste in something like 07/05/2006 6:30AM where the cursor is.

    Is it true that I can only use AppleScript system wide and not write something for just TextEdit?

    If I can write something for just TextEdit, how do I get, uh... in there? I see plenty of script examples but nothing on how to assign it to the F5 key in just TextEdit.

    Still researching this and other stuff. Thanks for the reply.
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