As a book and video course author, article writer, graphic designer, and self-employed business owner, I work on a lot of projects and common sets of tasks. I use KM to launch groups of applications and documents. For instance, when I’m finalizing a video course, I have KM launch 4 URLs in Chrome, 3 Word documents, 4 Finder paths, and a couple of miscellaneous things.
One click (the macro runs from an icon on the Dock) gets me everything I need for that workflow, but I have to configure the many steps of that one-click macro manually. I’m hoping to find a more automated solution of telling KM what I need opened for each workflow.
In the above example I have to create Open and Open URL actions for all those items, and then manually supply KM with the file and folder paths. These change for every course I create, which is 1-3 per month (the Chrome URLs are always the same), and I four total course-related launch macros (Recording, Editing, Finalizing, and Marketing), all with paths that change per project.
For the macros that launch workflows for articles I’m working on, those paths change even more frequently–up to 9 per month, often with 2-4 being worked on concurrently–which means copying a bunch of paths from Finder and pasting them into several macros in KM Editor. In the end, the macro configuration takes up more time and effort than I save by having KM batch launch everything for me rather than me opening each file, folder, and URL manually.
Here’s my question: Is there any way to get KM to save which applications, files, and Finder windows and tabs are open, and then reopen those en masse from a macro?
If there’s just no way to do it in KM, does anyone know of another method or utility that could save and recall at will all open windows and documents?