What’s New in Shortcuts – Issue #072

Welcome to issue 72 of “What’s New in Shortcuts!” — this week is a quieter mid-summer period where we didn’t see any news, but there’s always new shortcuts ideas popping up on Twitter.

Plus, I published a few stories for iMore, showed off my Focus Modes on TWiT, and got deep into some design changes that I’ll be showing off in a few weeks:

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On Thursday, my post for iMore on iOS 16’s Safari actions went up — in it I shared a bundle of shortcuts that cover almost every permutation of the new Safari actions so you don’t have to make your own copies.

Check out the list and grab a few — my iMore strategy is actually shifting away from beta material after this post, so from now on folks can their beta shortcuts on my site:

14 Shortcuts for Safari Views, Tab Groups, and Focus Filters to use with iOS 16 14 Shortcuts for Safari Views, Tab Groups, and Focus Filters to use with iOS 16www.matthewcassinelli.com

Yours truly for iMore: Safari has gained six actions of its own so far in the betas: Open View, Open New Tab, Open New Private Tab, Create Tab Group, Open Tab Group, and Set Safari Focus Filter…

On Tuesday, I recorded a guest episode of iOS Today with Mikah Sargent talking all about Focus Modes — in the video I showed off my Home Screen setup from iOS 15, as well as a teaser of how things are looking in iOS 16 (coming soon for members 👀):

iOS Today #611: Setting up Focus Modes on your iPhone iOS Today #611: Setting up Focus Modes on your iPhonewww.matthewcassinelli.com

My guest spot on iOS Today on TWiT where we talked about how to personalize your custom Focus modes in iOS 15 or iOS 16, from silencing specific notifications to switching screens based on location.

On Saturday, my weekend shortcuts piece on Shortcuts for Apple Watch went out for iMore — I especially love being able to capture notes when there’s not actually a Notes app for Apple Watch:

Here are 7 ways to get started with Shortcuts for Apple Watch – Matthew Cassinelli Here are 7 ways to get started with Shortcuts for Apple Watch – Matthew Cassinelliwww.matthewcassinelli.com

Media, HomeKit, Notes, and more — my story for iMore shows you the best areas to focus on when trying to get things done on your wrist.

Next week, I’m working on a Personal Hotspot story for my site and reached out to folks on Twitter — I’ve already gotten 40+ awesome replies, so please comment with your use case so I can cover everything:

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Posts of the Week

Michael Gorbach, engineering manager on the Shortcuts team at Apple, called out for developers to send him any feedback with their work on the current betas — if you know a developer who might benefit from this, send the tweet their way!

Ricky Mondello, who works on Passwords at Apple, shared this shortcut that accesses the Passwords pane of the now-named System Settings app in macOS Ventura — it uses the URL scheme x-apple.systempreferences:com.apple.Passwords-Settings.extension to access the tabs… which means it’s time for me to dig into every other extension panel and fit that URL too 🤓:

John Voorhees wrote this piece on MacStories about getting links for email messages so he can get back to them later — Federico shared the post and tagged John Gruber in it, the original source of the AppleScript used in the shortcut:

Gruber replied with his confirmation of just how stable AppleScript is (and maybe how little it’s changed?):

Going even deeper, I came across this post from Morgan Winslow going deep into Cockroach DB, a SQL-based database management system — I don’t know anything about this, to be honest, but I wanted to link to it in case an engineer or developer would find it helpful:

Scaling CockroachDB with Siri and iPhone Shortcuts | by Morgan Winslow | Jul, 2022 | Medium Scaling CockroachDB with Siri and iPhone Shortcuts | by Morgan Winslow | Jul, 2022 | Mediummedium.com

With the latest version of CockroachDB (22.1) comes a Rest API for the Dedicated and Serverless offerings, and with an API comes plenty of opportunity for fun. Instead of playing around with curl…

The folks at Bear wrote a good article all about logging personal routines in their app — they mention a bit at the end how you can use Personal Automations to open your note at places like the gym, for example:

Bear Your Way: Create a fitness plan with Bear Bear Your Way: Create a fitness plan with Bearblog.bear.app

Let’s explore some ways Bear can help on your health journey, from creating a fitness plan and diet routine, to finding notes more quickly with Wiki Links, widgets, and Shortcuts.

Tweets of the Week

Speaking of Bear… Kris Hooper put together this shortcut for daily notes in Bear — it’s got some great conditional sections so it works properly on every device:

I love this shortcut from Steve Klassen — it creates alarms for every time you might want to eat during the day so you can stay up on energy and not forget:

Here’s a great shortcut from Tadas Petra — it turns on Do Not Disturb for an hour and play lofi music on his office TV:

TJ Horner tweeted a good point that I agree with wholeheartedly — the new Medications app for iOS should have Shortcuts support:

That’s it for this week!

A few eagle-eyed folks might also notice some new design changes on the Shortcuts Catalog that went into effect this week, including improved Search, Related Posts, and Extras on every shortcut page — I’ll be sharing more about the design improvements in a blog post at the beginning of August!

Until then, here’s last week’s issue — have a good week ❤️