The session is focused on how developers can build out a set of actions for their app, but it actually provides a lot of insight into how “Shortcuts authors” (as we are called in the session) can build their shortcuts thoughtfully – here’s the last slide:
I noticed at least 10 individual topics I’d like to cover for members in future posts, but I wanted to share my full mind map ahead of time in case you wanted to watch the session and read along yourself:
This morning I got access to the TestFlight for Ivory, a Mastodon client from the makers of Tweetbot, and immediately spent the whole morning putting together a set of shortcuts based on the Open Ivory action and all its possible parameters.
Check out the shortcuts below – I wrote about 1,000 words across all the descriptions explaining how to use the shortcuts, why the features from Ivory in particular are interesting, plus how I’m using Mastodon compared to Twitter:
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
If you’re watching the replay, you can still leave comments and I can respond to them afterwards!
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One of the excellent features coming to Shortcuts for Mac is the addition of a scripting capability for the Shortcuts app itself – Apple has added AppleScript support for commands like opening and running shortcuts, even without opening the app at all.
Naturally, I immediately got excited to bring this possibility to life using the Stream Deck, a USB device from Elgato with hardware keys that can be customized to your heart’s extent (including using folders and subfolders):
The Stream Deck software for Mac allows users to add third-party plugins offered by the community, including one such plugin called “Run OSA script” that lets users input a script that gets triggered when the button is pressed:
To take advantage of this plugin, I’d need to write my own AppleScript – something I’m not super familiar with.
Thanks to this tweet from Alex Hay, developer of Toolbox Pro, I knew to use the Script Editor app to look into the capabilities of Shortcuts app by examining its’ AppleScript dictionary – here’s how: