System wide iPhoto/ iTunes

Discussion in 'OS X and OS X Apps' started by ultratramp, Jun 21, 2006.

  1. ultratramp

    ultratramp Active Member

    Jun 11, 2004
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    Found this tip on that allows one to select images from your iPhoto library from any app without having to open iPhoto itself. It requires creating an automator action:

    1. Open Automator, and click iPhoto.
    2. From the list of actions, select Ask for Photos, and drag it to the right-hand pane.
    3. Save this as a plug-in, and select Script Menu (the script menu that displays in the menu bar) so it is accessible anywhere. (If this menu is not visible, launch the AppleScript Utility in /Applications/Applescript, and check 'Show Script Menu in menu bar.')

    If a lot of folders are seen in the menu just uncheck the 'Show Library Scripts' box

    Next time you need a picture from your iPhoto library, select this action from the AppleScript menu, and you'll have a media browser that lets you do so without opening iPhoto.

    Want more? it works for iTunes, too. Select iTunes instead of iPhoto, then Ask for Songs, instead of Photos. This lets you select songs from your library, from a specific playlist, or by searching in a Spotlight-type search field. You can also play songs from the window. Its a quick way to select a song you need to hear.

    this kind of goodness is what the mac os is all about!
    #1 ultratramp, Jun 21, 2006
    Last edited: Jun 21, 2006

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