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I used to use tomboy wiki and they allowed you to bind opening a new note to a keyboard combination.

I use emacs on Lion and I want replicate this behaviour. I want to visit a new/existing file in my projects folder named by pressing shift-z-command anywhere.

It might be possible to use automator to run a shell script that gets the iso date and then appends the directory path and .md at the end. Then it calls emacs with those arguments. As a service I can assign it to a keyboard combination. But I have no idea how to complete the steps exactly.

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I updated the question. – Fire Oct 16 '11 at 2:10
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date=$(date '+%Y%m%d')
[[ ! -f "$f" ]] && echo $'## $date\n' > "$f"
# emacs "$f"
open "$f" -a Aquamacs

And Assign a shortcut to running a script in OS X - Super User

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I believe emacs just visits the file. If it doesn't exist it is created. – Fire Oct 14 '11 at 20:17
If you want to open an emacs app you can just use record using applescript, then run it with osascript -e . – Fire Oct 15 '11 at 1:44
@Fire Only a few apps (like Finder and BBEdit) support recording AppleScripts. open -a SomeApp is pretty much equivalent to osascript -e $'tell app "SomeApp"\nreopen\nactivate\nend tell'. osascript is a lot slower though. – user495470 Oct 15 '11 at 3:03
I'm just wondering if I can use open -a Emacs with a filename? – Fire Oct 15 '11 at 7:25
If you mean the graphical, then yeah. – user495470 Oct 15 '11 at 7:35

I don't know of any freeware that does this, but here are some shareware apps : - You need the paid powerpack - Not exactly what you want, but with an action/script you can make it work.

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The system it is designed is for Mac OS X.4.11? I'm on 10.7.2. – Fire Oct 14 '11 at 6:27
The forums is spammed and dead. – Fire Oct 14 '11 at 6:28
I'm going to assume the code is abandoned. – Fire Oct 14 '11 at 6:29
My bad... Please check the updated post. – Kassym Dorsel Oct 14 '11 at 13:38

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