A welcome change in iOS 14 users involves Shortcuts. It’s now possible for certain automations to run entirely in the background.
Andrew Orr and Bryan Chaffin join host Kelly Guimont to discuss the iPad/iOS 14 release, and the biggest updates and changes to your devices.
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.
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.
Andrew uses these five shortcuts nearly every day to help him automate his digital life, like a web clipper for Apple Notes.
Andrew Orr joins host Kelly Guimont to discuss Shortcuts on iOS, how they’re different from Siri Shortcuts, and some useful examples.
John Martellaro and Charlotte Henry join host Kelly Guimont to discuss humans beating robots at manufacturing, and a peek at iOS 14.
UPS drone delivery is coming in the future after it got FAA approval back in April. On Monday UPS successfully tested a trial run.
John Martellaro and Andrew Orr join host Kelly Guimont to talk about Angela Ahrendts’ time at Apple and tips for automating in Siri Shortcuts.
Andrew was inspired by Reddit’s TLDR bot to create his own shortcut to summarize articles and save them for later.
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.
Mr. Viticci reverse-engineered the “Add to Home Screen” function that Shortcuts has, and created the Home Screen Icon Creator.
This update adds several actions covering weather, alarms, measurements, photos, as well as better HomePod functionality.
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.
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!
The Gallery section in iOS 12’s Shortcuts app is full of ideas you can use to learn how to automate your iPhone or iPad.
Adam Christianson from the Maccast and Dave Hamilton join Jeff Gamet to talk about HomePod coming to Marriott hotel rooms, plus they explore who will be interested in iOS 12 Shortcuts.
Andrew has a bunch of Shortcuts that he’s been using since Workflow, and he shares his 5 favorite pre-made Siri Shortcuts to use in iOS 12.
John Martellaro and Kelly Guimont join Jeff Gamet to look at how Apple Watch is becoming part of our culture, plus they share their thoughts on iOS 12’s Shortcuts feature.