You can’t buy apps for people.

Benjamin W.

January 7, 2011

iTunes lets you gift someone an album.

iTunes buy now link

But if you were thinking about buying someone a late Christmas present and that present just might have been an app from the new App Store, let me crush your dreams now and save you the pain of this discovery:

Mac App Store buy now link

It made me realize you can’t gift someone an app from the iPad or iPhone app stores either. This seems like a missed opportunity to me. How many apps would have been gifted over Christmas had this feature been available and highlighted?

OS X Automator – Combine Multiple Text Files into One

Benjamin W.

October 9, 2010

Here is an Automator workflow, service and application to combine several text files into one text file. I searched for hours trying to find something really simple and just decided to build it myself. Note: this only works with .txt files.

To use the it as a droplet, download this file:

  1. Combine Text Files Zip
  2. Unzip it.
  3. Grab “TextComboDroplet”, you can put it anywhere on your system you like.
  4. All you have to do is drag a folder containing text files you’d like to combine onto the TextComboDroplet.
  5. It will output a file called “Combined Text Files.txt” to your Desktop.

To use it as a service, download this file:

  1. Combine Text Files Zip
  2. Unzip it.
  3. Open Automator.
  4. It will ask you if you which type of file you’d like to create. Select “Open Existing Workflow” in the bottom left-hand corner.
  5. Select “Combine Text Files.workflow” from your downloads folder.
  6. Click File > Save As… and hit enter.
  7. Now, all you have to do is select two or more files from the finder and right click. At the bottom should be a “Combine Text Files” option.
  8. Clicking this will output a file called “Combined Text Files.txt” to your Desktop.

To use it as a workflow, download this file:

  1. Combine Text Files Zip
  2. Unzip it.
  3. Open “TextCombo.workflow”. It will launch Automator.
  4. Click “Run” to run it or use it with Hazel or combine it with your own Automator actions.

These files have only been tested on Snow Leopard. These are your to use for free. You can email me if you have any questions or issues: ben@thelettercase.com

Letter Case

Graphic Design & Web Design

Letter Case was my one-man design shop based in Los Angeles, CA.
I ran it for 2 years until I joined Typekit in January 2011.

In my spare time I've been learning to program by building my first web application.
A simple tool called Talkative to help people publish their talks on the web.

My current project is The Briefcase. A blog and podcast.
It's a place for me to create and publish stuff.

If you have any comments, thoughts or questions,
feel free to contact me at: benthomaswelch [at] gmail.com.

Thanks for checking out my blog. Cheers!

Simplicity is harder than it looks.