global hotkey / keyboard shortcut in Mac OS X to bring up remember buffer in emacs: record a new thought or TO DO task anywhere

Mac OS X

Vinh Nguyen


August 2, 2009

This method worked for me, and this didn't.

I added the following in my .emacs file:

;; Emacs server on by default

;; together with the apple script C-M-\ anywhere in Mac to bring up the *remember* buffer
;; C-c C-c to save in ~/.notes and close;
(require 'remember)
(defadvice remember-finalize (after delete-remember-frame activate)
 "Advise remember-finalize to close the frame if it is the remember frame"
 (if (equal "remember" (frame-parameter nil 'name))

(defadvice remember-destroy (after delete-remember-frame activate)
 "Advise remember-destroy to close the frame if it is the rememeber frame"
 (if (equal "remember" (frame-parameter nil 'name))

;; make the frame contain a single window. by default org-remember
;; splits the window.
(add-hook 'remember-mode-hook

(defun make-remember-frame ()
 "Create a new frame and run org-remember."
 (make-frame '((name . "remember") (width . 80) (height . 10)))
 (select-frame-by-name "remember")

I used this applescript with spark and bound it to C-M-\ : property eclient :

"/Applications/ -e '(make-remember-frame)'"
do shell script eclient

tell application "Emacs"
end tell

Now, wherever im at in Mac, i just hit C-M-\ and my remember buffer will be brought up. I type what my thoughts are. Hit C-c C-c to save and close buffer. When I have time, go to ~/.notes and organize my thoughts, and finish the to-do tasks. Set the ending of that file as:


Anything i add will be under ** Date, and after that will be my notes. So remember-mode is org-mode!