I use a lot of alerts for various reminders that I need to focus on, but because they're all the same, and because there are so many over the course of the day, I tend to not notice them.
So I'm looking for any way to overlay a colored box, or graphic, or something that will allow me to make notifications I'll actually see. Preferably with the ability to set visuals so I'll be able to make sure I don't miss alerts that are important, like this ugly mockup I've made.
I know there are two different (bad) web browsers, Helium and one other one I forgot, which could theoretically do this, but they were all really bad, and not scriptable at all. While I love iOS, the newer tools that encourage users to not bother adding even basic scripting dictionaries is the bane of serious Mac automation fans.
You can use a KM Display Text action using styled text, that can contain images, OR, a Display Clipboard if you also need to set a background color.
MACRO: Display Large Colored Text and Image [Example]
~~~ VER: 1.0 2019-12-24 ~~~
Requires: KM 8.2.4+ macOS 10.11 (El Capitan)+
(Macro was written & tested using KM 9.0+ on macOS 10.14.5 (Mojave))
- To get a background color, you have to first set the Clipboard, then use the Apply Style to Clipboard action.
- Then use the Display Clipboard Action.
- The Display Styled Text in Window will display both images and text, but if NOT allowing me to set a background color. @peternlewis, is this a bug?
DOWNLOAD Macro File:
Display Large Colored Text and Image [Example].kmmacros
Note: This Macro was uploaded in a DISABLED state. You must enable before it can be triggered.
Wow, that's perfect! As usual, I look for solutions outside of KM but end up wasting my time because the answer was right here. I'll tweak this and make it work exactly how I need.
Thanks again for this suggestion @JMichaelTX. I finally got some free time to implement this system and it's nice, although there are limitations. Mainly
- if I use a background color it can look pretty ugly
- if using "display text" the text's center etc. aren't managed
I guess the best option will be to make my text inside a graphic so I can control the look. My goal is to make visual reminders that will actually get me to take an action, since I have so many annoying alerts on my phone that I end up ignoring them