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Members-Only Podcast #2: Shortcuts Summer Recap

From episode 2 of my new members-only podcast:

Covering July 17 through August 31, this second member episode recaps everything I’ve shared this summer – and includes teasers for my in-progress workflows coming to the Catalog soon.

To follow the show, sign up to become a member and get your custom URL to add to your podcast player of choice.

Or, listen to the full episode below:

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Notes on “Design great actions for Shortcuts, Siri, and Suggestions” 🔒

Hey members,

I wanted to share this mind map of notes I created while watching Apple’s Developer session from WWDC ’21 on how to Design great actions for Shortcuts, Siri, and Suggestions.

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:

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New beta shortcuts for members: Ivory for Mastodon

Hey members!

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.

I’ve just added my folder of Ivory shortcuts—including the Ivorycuts bundle—in beta and will be releasing these in the free section of the Shortcuts Library (along with a review) when Ivory gets released!

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:

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New for members: Things beta shortcuts

Hey members, I’ve just published 11 new shortcuts from today’s stream featuring the new actions from the Things beta!

I am super excited about this initial set of shortcuts and the updated actions that Things is bringing to their app soon — I’ve been looking forward to this level of support for many years.

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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

If you’re watching the replay, you can still leave comments and I can respond to them afterwards!

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My notes on the Shortcuts developer sessions at WWDC ’22 ?

Today, Apple released two WWDC sessions around Shortcuts — Dive into App Intents and Implement App Shortcuts with App Intents.

I’ll be covering the material and what it means soon, but for now I’ve taken extensive notes & screenshots on the available sessions and have made them available for members.

(These notes are members-only – you’ll need a membership to access it.)

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Shortcuts.Live: Posting to WordPress (feat. Jason Snell)

Today at 10am PST, I’ll be streaming with Apple blogger/podcaster Jason Snell to walk through using the WordPress XML-RPC protocol to post directly to one’s blog.

We’ll be live on YouTube for a half hour or so, while I recreate Jason’s shortcuts he shared on his website Six Colors for my own WordPress installation.

Join us on the stream and ask questions in the chat, or catch the replay at this link:

See you there!

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Member stream #7: Workflows for Shortcuts creators – Wednesday at 12pm PST

Hey members!

This Wednesday at 12pm/7pm GMT PST, I’ll be hosting a members-only livestream on YouTube to cover some of the meta work involved with being a Shortcuts creator.

I’ll be scraping data from a .shortcut file, plus potentially going into my Airtable logging process and how I save Action data as well.

Members can access the stream live below to get a reminder when it’s live or get back to this post at the right time using

Become a member to get access to access to the stream, plus:

  • New shortcuts on an ongoing basis
  • Extra ways to browse the catalog when you’re signed in
  • Prerelease notes & workflows I’m putting together
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How to run Shortcuts via the Stream Deck

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:

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Stream: Working with the Notion API (pt. 2)

On Friday, May 28, I hosted another stream teaching people how to use Shortcuts with the Notion API.

Last time we covered the basics, got our database IDs, pulled & opened posts, and created new entries – check out the member post to get the shortcuts we created in the first session.

This time, we went into more specific data objects as well as updating pages and creating more of a Shortcuts system on the front-end.

Become a member to get access to the stream, plus you’ll get:

  • New shortcuts on an ongoing basis
  • Extra ways to browse the catalog when you’re signed in
  • Prerelease notes & workflows I’m putting together
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Member stream: Working with the Notion API

Hey members!

Here’s my livestream for the Notion API where I guide you through how to use Shortcuts with the Notion API.

We covered API basics, learned details on Notion’s specific JSON architecture, and experimented with the type of content we create in Notion – we ended up with three shortcuts (linked for members):

  • Copy Notion Database ID
  • Open Notion Page
  • Add Notion Page

Catch the replay below to go back through everything – and check out part 2 as well.

Access the stream by becoming a member – plus you’ll get access to all the members-only shortcuts plus:

  • New shortcuts on an ongoing basis
  • Extra ways to browse the catalog when you’re signed in
  • Prerelease notes & workflows I’m putting together
  • Exclusive livestreams teaching you more about Shortcuts
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My Screenshot Workflow ?

Hello members!

This post will walk you through my new Screenshot Workflow, which consists of two shortcuts… and a Mac app!


Get access to the full post by signing up for a membership.

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Member stream #5: Screenshot Flow

This Thursday at 4:00pm PST, I’ll be hosting another member stream.

I’ll be walking through my Screenshots workflow, sharing about the new actions coming in iOS 14.5, teasing some of my SSH experiments, and giving hot takes on the Apple event.

Tune in live using Shortcuts.Live when it’s time – or add the calendar to see when future streams are scheduled.

Join the membership to get access to the stream.