Multiple Desktops on Mac: Turning Spaces into Home Screens (w/ Rafael Conde)

On Tuesday, February 27th, I went live with Rafael Conde discussing how to use multiple desktops and the Spaces feature of macOS to create custom arrangements for your workspaces.

Rafael works at Sketch, a Mac design tool, and develops his own apps as well (check out his site at

On Mastodon, I saw Rafa post: “We’re sharing how we use the Desktop and how we size/position windows on our Macs on our work Slack and it’s absolute madness.”

I replied “This is extremely my shit. I always want to automate this on Mac but I’ve worked alone for so long I have no idea how people arrange their digital workspaces” and then invited him on the show.

Throughout the 2-hour stream, we discussed being a Mac person, window management, using Spaces like an iPad Home Screen, and how the Shortcuts actions for this all should come to Apple Vision Pro.

We had a great conversation overall, and by the end got into some really interesting tangents that brought the whole discussion into new territory. I’m adding chapter markers, plus plans to clip sections and cover it in future blog posts.

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Apple Vision Pro Testing: Streaming from Mac

Last week, in a special livestream for members, I tested using the Apple Vision Pro developer strap to capture my perspective in real-time and share what it’s like to use spatial computing:

In this video, I’m testing how to capture, record, and stream using the Apple Vision Pro and Ecamm Live.

This method requires the Apple Developer strap, a USB-C cable (preferably extra long), and QuickTime for Mac, plus Ecamm Live and an Apple Vision Pro.

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Shortcuts Live: Building with the Things 3 beta

I’m streaming about the excellent new actions in the Things beta — tune in now!

Shortcuts Live: Monday morning variety stream

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Shortcuts Live: Variety stream

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How To Automate Your Podcast (Shortcuts Live with special guest Stephen Robles)

Join me and special guest Stephen Robles of AppleInsider as we work on shortcuts for managing a podcast — we’ll be live Wednesday, October 5th at 1pm PT / 4pm ET.

Stephen runs the AppleInsider podcast, a top-charting technology podcast from the folks who cover everything Apple — and I’m sharing my podcasting workflows that I built over the course of hosting 150+ episodes across my past shows Supercomputer and Smart Tech Today (and being a guest on various other shows).

We’ll be talking about podcast production, how to use the Podcasts app actions in Shortcuts, and how to take advantage of Apple’s Podcast Marketing Tools.

Join us in the chat to ask questions, share your favorite podcasts, or just say hi!

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Shortcuts Live – Adopting App Shortcuts in iOS 16

Join me live with special guest developers Emmanuel Crouvisier of CardPointers, Michael Tigas of Focused Work, and Will Bishop of Pestle, Chirp for Twitter, and Nano for Reddit as we stream about everything App Shortcuts in iOS 16.

We’ll be live on Monday September 19th at 5:00 PM PST / Tuesday September 20th at 9:30 AM ACST on YouTube:

All three guests are app developers who dove into the new “App Intents” API available from Apple this year, which power the new App Shortcuts and Focus Filters features.

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Shortcuts Live with special guest Rosemary Orchard

Join me and special guest Rosemary Orchard on Friday, August 12th at 10am PST to talk everything Shortcuts, especially her recently-updated book Take Control of Shortcuts (2nd edition).

Rosemary is the cohost of Automators on Relay FM with David Sparks, iOS Today on TWiT with Mikah Sargent, and her independent show Nested Folders with Scotty Jackson — she has a depth of knowledge about automation, smart homes, productivity, development, and everything in-between.

Come say hi in the chat and ask us questions as we talk all about Shortcuts!

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Shortcuts Live: Working with Safari Tabs in iOS 16 Public Beta 2

Tune into the latest episode of Shortcuts Live, where I streamed for a little over an hour covering the new Find Tab action that I discovered in iOS 16 public beta 2.

Join me from just after the launch of iOS 16 public beta 2 to build Shortcuts live — this stream, we’ll cover the new Find Tabs and Reading List actions that I just discovered in the betas, plus the Reminders actions that just reappeared after disappearing after the first developer beta.

The Safari actions are pretty exciting, so come share your ideas in the chat and we’ll come up with some great use cases together!

Here’s a list of the chapters:

  • 00:00 – Start of stream
  • 05:45 – Markdown list of current tabs
  • 12:52 – Filter Links That Don’t Contain Specific Website
  • 15:17 – Find Bookmarks & Reading List filters
  • 20:13 – Find Tab Groups
  • 22:00 – Find Tabs from Specific Tab Group (doesn’t work, but we covered Focus Filters & Scripting)
  • 35:37 – Add to Reading List, Instapaper, Pocket
  • 38:15 – Set Playback Destination / Speaker Groups
  • 39:45 – Stream Deck teaser
  • 42:12 – Saving Links to Clipboard
  • 45:58 – Auto-Lock
  • 48:32 – Open Tab & Choose From List
  • 49:53 – Search Tabs
  • 53:25 – Quick Note
  • 57:20 – Quick Note with Link
  • 1:00:04 – Get Article Details From Tabs
  • 1:03:21 – Mail app
  • 1:04:45 – Reminders Smart Lists
  • 1:07:11 – Reminders Templates
  • 1:10:47 – Add Tabs As Rich Reminders
  • 1:12:43 – End of building / Revue discussion
  • 1:15:27 – Wrap-up / Logging shortcuts
  • 1:24:00 – Actual Goodbye

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