Quickly Access iCloud Keychain With This Apple Engineer’s Shortcut

· Andrew Orr · Cool Stuff Found

Ricky Mondello works on app and website authentication as well as password management at Apple. They recently created a shortcut that lets you quickly access iCloud Keychain, so instead of opening Settings and scrolling down to tap on Passwords, it’s a one-tap method to directly open the Passwords section. Separately from that, this is also something you can do yourself using the Settings Shortcut Generator. You can quickly jump to a variety of different places within Settings. One that I recently created is jumping to Settings > Privacy > Photos to manage app access to photos.

Quickly Access iCloud Keychain With This Apple Engineer’s Shortcut

‘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

This ‘Clear Clipboard’ Shortcut Empties Your Clipboard Automatically

· Andrew Orr · Cool Stuff Found

Redditor u/SpamSencer created a Clear Clipboard shortcut that does exactly what the name says: It automatically clears your clipboard. With iOS 14 Apple introduced a feature that shows when an app accesses the clipboard, like TikTok and Microsoft. You could even set it up as an automation so that whenever you open any app of your choosing, the shortcut will run (an iOS 14 feature). You’ll just have to painstakingly tap on every app you have installed if you choose to automate it.

Batch Rename Files on iOS Using This Shortcut

· Andrew Orr · Cool Stuff Found

One task that was always easier on macOS was to rename multiple files at once using Automator. The Files app on iOS/iPadOS doesn’t have a lot of bulk actions. But I finally cracked it with Shortcuts to let you batch rename files on iOS and iPadOS. My shortcut lets you do three specific things: prepend text, append text, and replace text in a file name. If I think of more things to do with file names in the future, I’ll update the shortcut.

Batch Rename Files on iOS Using This Shortcut

‘SW-DL’ Shortcut Brings YouTube-DL to iOS

· Andrew Orr · Cool Stuff Found

YouTube-dl is a command line tool that lets you download videos from websites, although it’s commonly used for YouTube as the name suggests. With a-shell, a terminal emulator I covered, it’s possible to install the downloader on your iPad and iPhone. Someone also created a shortcut for youtube-dl (Reddit post here, shortcut link below). Note that it currently crashes on the iOS/iPadOS 14 betas. It’s possible to install youtube-dl in a-shell with the command “pip install youtube-dl.” Since I’m running the betas, I’m going to tinker with using a-shell.

‘SW-DL’ Shortcut Brings YouTube-DL to iOS

Turn Your Shortcuts Into Widgets With ‘MFC Deck’

· Andrew Orr · Cool Stuff Found

From the creator of popular Shortcuts app “LaunchCuts” comes a new tool called MFC Deck. It turns your shortcuts into widgets displayed on a dynamic control deck. These widgets can display different information depending on context, just like a real widget. There are plenty of actions these widgets can do, like running multiple actions from a single NFC tag, rate limiting, triggers, and more. They live on your Apple Watch, in Siri voice responses, and in iOS 14 Home Screen widgets. MFC deck is currently open for TestFlight beta, so it’s not ready for actual release yet. If these features sound interesting then sign up today.

Turn Your Shortcuts Into Widgets With ‘MFC Deck’

Paralyzed by Indecision? Fear Not, the Decision Maker Shortcut is Here

· Andrew Orr · Cool Stuff Found

I can’t remember where I found this decision maker shortcut, but the author’s credits remain inside of it. It’s called Decide For Me, and it’s an interesting tool in which you input decisions you’re trying to make, like what kind of pizza you want, and it uses a bit of math to choose for you. I haven’t used it much yet but I can see myself using it here and there for fun.

Paralyzed by Indecision? Fear Not, the Decision Maker Shortcut is Here

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.

Programmer, Author, Podcaster Rosemary Orchard - TMO BGM Interview

· John Martellaro · Background Mode Podcast

Rosemary Orchard on Background Mode

Rosemary Orchard describes herself as a geek, nerd, and programmer. She works full time as a developer of web applications, but her real loves are automation and productivity. She’s also a book author and podcaster.

Rosemary told me the story about how she started with computers and programming. After a bad experience with a Toshiba notebook and Windows Vista, she bought a MacBook Air for her university work—and loved it. At this point, she was still pursing human languages, but in time gravitated towards, instead, creating computer software that would make peoples lives easier. And she never looked back. We talked about her Web app development, her books (one on Shortcuts) and finished with how she learned to podcast. Today she does two. You’ll enjoy hearing how Rosemary’s career has developed.

Here is My Shortcut to Get App Screenshots

· Andrew Orr · Deep Dive

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Andrew created a shortcut to get app screenshots from the App Store in a higher quality than what it defaults to when you download them.

LaunchCuts 1.2 Update Adds Folder Icons, Quick Actions, and More

· Andrew Orr · Cool Stuff Found

LaunchCuts is a launcher for Apple’s Shortcuts app that adds extra functionality. With LaunchCuts 1.2 it adds even more features, such as: Customization: Personalize the look of your folders with icons and colors; Custom App Icon: Choose from five different app icons for LaunchCuts; Quick Actions: Easily access up to three folders or shortcuts from iOS Home screen; Enhanced Keyboard Support: Control nearly every aspect of LaunchCuts from the keyboard; New Shortcut Actions: Analyze and Filter Shortcuts actions give you more visibility into your library of shortcuts; and a whole lot more. App Store: US$7.99

LaunchCuts 1.2 Update Adds Folder Icons, Quick Actions, and More

LaunchCuts Adds Folders, Search Filters, More to Shortcuts

· Andrew Orr · Link

Writing for MacStories, Federico Viticci reviewed LaunchCuts, a launcher for shortcuts that can organize them into folders, gives you search filters, and more.

…LaunchCuts’ sole purpose is to offer an alternative view for your shortcut library with folders and powerful search filters. If you have less than 20 shortcuts installed on your iPhone or iPad, you’re likely not going to get much benefit out of LaunchCuts’ advanced organizational tools; but if you’re like me and use hundreds of different shortcuts on a regular basis, and especially if your library has grown out of control over the past few years, you’re going to need the assistance of LaunchCuts to make sense of it all.

App Store: US$7.99