Pixelmator Pro Introduces AppleScript Support

· Andrew Orr · Cool Stuff Found

A big update for Pixelmator Pro is here and it introduces support for AppleScript. It’s a scripting language from Apple that lets you control apps using English-like instructions. Nearly every part of Pixelmator Pro is scriptable and can be automated.  The team partnered with Apple veteran Sal Soghoian, who was at Apple for 20 years as Product Manager of Automation Technologies. Sal said: “AppleScript support in Pixelmator Pro is a game-changer, making this amazing app an essential component of everyone’s workflows. Whether you run scripts or write them, the depth and scope of the AppleScript automation in Pixelmator Pro makes magic happen.

Pixelmator Pro Introduces AppleScript Support

‘Data Jar’ is the Perfect App for Shortcut Dictionaries

· Andrew Orr · Cool Stuff Found

Data Jar is a great app I discovered a while back and weirdly haven’t written about yet. This app helped me unlock my automations that require dictionaries. Data Jar lets you store key-value pairs and let them persist outside of Shortcuts. While I was trying to build a dictionary into my Shortcuts, I found that they couldn’t be updated using native actions; the data had to be stored elsewhere. The app lets you store text, numbers, Booleans, lists, dictionaries, and files. It’s free with an optional tip jar to support the developer Simon B. Støvring.

‘Data Jar’ is the Perfect App for Shortcut Dictionaries

Shortcuts And You – TMO Daily Observations 2020-06-10

· Kelly Guimont · The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast

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Andrew Orr joins host Kelly Guimont to discuss Shortcuts on iOS, how they’re different from Siri Shortcuts, and some useful examples.

UPS Drone Delivery Comes to a Sky Near You

· Andrew Orr · News

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UPS drone delivery is coming in the future after it got FAA approval back in April. On Monday UPS successfully tested a trial run.

Scriptable Can Make Shortcuts and Siri More Powerful

· Andrew Orr · Cool Stuff Found

Scriptable is an automation tool that enables you to write scripts that integrates with native features of iOS such as files, calendars, reminders, documents and much more. An extensive support for Siri Shortcuts enables you to present images, tables and more in Siri as well as making Siri read out loud a text when you run a script from a Siri Shortcut. Your scripts can be run from the Scriptable app, from a Siri Shortcut or from other apps using the share sheet extensive or Scriptable’s URL schemes. Features include writing and running JavaScript; auto complete of variable names, functions, keywords and properties as you type; access lots of native iOS features from your JavaScript code, including managing files, calendars, reminders, contacts, photos, location, pasteboard, web views and more. App Store: Free (Offers In-App Purchases)

Scriptable Can Make Shortcuts and Siri More Powerful

What Will Happen to Automation in macOS?

· Andrew Orr · Link

The next version of macOS will include more UIKit (iOS) apps. Rumored to be among them is Apple’s Shortcuts app. So what happens to Automator, AppleScript, and AppleEvents?

So what happens when iOS apps comes to the Mac this fall? It seems impossible that Apple will allow them to be controlled by AppleScript and Automator…Will “classic” Mac apps get the ability to be controlled via Shortcuts, too? Or will there be a schism between the two different classes of apps?

But whatever happens, it’s clear that iOS and macOS are going to face the future of user automation together, not separately.

Change App Icons on iOS With This Shortcut

· Andrew Orr · News

Mr. Viticci reverse-engineered the “Add to Home Screen” function that Shortcuts has, and created the Home Screen Icon Creator.

macOS: Automate Your Mac with Smart Folders

· Andrew Orr · How-To

Smart Folders are kind of a hidden feature of macOS, but can greatly help you manage and organize your files. Here’s how to get started.

Automation for iOS 12? Try Shortcuts!

· Bob LeVitus · Dr. Mac's Rants & Raves

If you always wished you could automate iOS, Bob “Dr. Mac” LeVitus has good news for you—you can with Apple’s new (kinda) Shortcuts app!