Hi, I’m Matthew Cassinelli. This is my website, a publication about how people can get more out of their technology.
I previously worked as part of the Workflow team before it was acquired and turned into Shortcuts by Apple – but now I work independently, sharing my knowledge of how to use Siri Shortcuts.
Since leaving Apple, I’ve collected much of my knowledge into the new Shortcuts Catalog, a web-based collection of information related to using Siri Shortcuts, including shortcuts I’ve created and documentation of the actions used in the app.
Even more, I’m releasing all 300 shortcuts and 300 actions for free on my site.
Each shortcut and each action now has a page dedicated to providing a web-accessible version of the information found in the Shortcuts app – all open and available to anyone.
I will also continue to publish the same level of open data, sharing regular public updates alongside new releases of the Shortcuts app.
With my mission of open access in mind, I am launching a membership program that’s instead focused on freemium material.
The Catalog itself will still be free, and all the exclusive shortcuts will eventually become free – instead, members will get:
1. Tons of bonus information and ways to browse all the data,
2. Prelease material available before major catalog updates, and
3. Private notes on my workflows before they’re published
Anyone can download the shortcuts themselves and learn about the actions, but all the custom knowledge I’ve curated on top is available exclusively to members.
Read on to learn more – or jump ahead and join now.
1. Bonus Catalog access
I have spent considerable time creating a curated collection of Shortcuts-related information – all freely available on my website:
- My Shortcuts Library, a collection with over 300 custom shortcuts for you to browse through, download for yourself, and get ideas on what to build next,
- The Action Directory, a glossary-based list of the native actions for the Shortcuts app, now updated with descriptions as well as inputs and outputs relevant to the action.
Members, however, can pay to access loads of extra information I’ve curated for each section of the catalog, available as dropdowns anywhere my shortcuts or the actions are embedded.
Members will also have many more ways to browse through the shortcuts and actions, all interlinked through custom categories and tags associated with the extra data.
Below is the list of information I’ve been personally crafting for years now, with the extras fields marked with a * for members-only:
- Name of the shortcut
- Explanation of how the actions work
- Link to add the shortcut
- The folder the shortcut belongs to
- Description of how to utilize the shortcut*
- Custom sorting*:
- Which devices the shortcut works best on*
- All the ways the shortcut can be run*
- The main features the shortcut uses*
- Important actions included in the shortcut*
- Bonus info*:
- Count of actions used*
- My personal score of the shortcut*
- A list of Import Questions, if applicable*
- Name of the action
- Description from the app
- Name of the group and subgroup in the Shortcuts app
- Ability to browse by tag
- Types of input it accepts and result it can produce as output*
- Custom sorting*:
- Complexity rating*
- Whether or not the action asks for input*
- Related actions that work well together*
- My shortcuts that utilize this action*
- Bonus info:
- My personal score (star rating)*
- Notes or comments about the action*
- wf.workflow.action identifier (for Shortcuts nerds)*
2. Prerelease material
Members will get access to large volumes of Shortcuts content before it’s ready to go, including:
- New material before it is ready for publication, such as new iOS 14 shortcuts and actions only available in the betas
- Collection pages added ahead of updates to the Shortcuts Catalog,
- Notes, checklists, and research material for my own workflows and how I get things done outside of Shortcuts
At the start, members will get over 100 custom iOS 14 shortcuts, plus all the new actions coming with the release.
The new material and collection pages are available now, while any extras will be uploaded each week.
The weekly newsletter
While anyone can sign up to receive updates about the Shortcuts Catalog through my brand-new email newsletter called “What’s new in Shortcuts” that goes out every weekend, new members will automatically be subscribed.
This newsletter will include:
- Outbound links to Shortcuts stories,
- Links to various Catalog updates,
- Any new material I’ve created that work, plus
- Information on my upcoming schedules.
Plus, the newsletter will link back to any new private material for members only each week it becomes available.
Become a member
I’m creating a paid portion of this Catalog because I believe independent, member-supported creation is the best way to enable the production of high quality content through sustainable methods.
Plus, this membership material will be delivered alongside my regular work blogging here on my website, publishing videos on my YouTube channel, streaming on Twitch / Periscope / Twitter live, and podcasting on Smart Tech Today on TWiT.
You can already learn about technology on every other corner of the internet – I hope my membership efforts and unique area of expertise provides you with:
- More uses for the technology you already have,
- Ideas that hadn’t occurred to you but will mesh into your life quickly, and
- New insight into your own relationship with your tools
I’ve been at this for years now and I still feel like I am barely getting started – thanks in advance for your support.
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MatthewCassinelli.com is a website covering Siri Shortcuts, Apple products, and related technology, created by technologist Matthew Cassinelli – hello!
I am extremely excited about the potential that people have in unlocking the capabilities of their personal technology to do more for them while spending less time doing it all.
Recent advances in automation have put the power back into an individual’s hands and allowed everyday people to create technologies for themselves (and others) without the need for coding knowledge or traditional computers – Apple’s Siri Shortcuts.
I had the privilege of joining the Shortcuts team before they were Shortcuts – I worked for Workflow, the app that Apple acquired before eventually turning it into today’s Siri Shortcuts features. At Workflow, I worked on the app’s marketing, writing copy for the main website, writing the app’s documentation, and creating hundreds of shortcuts for the in-app Gallery (which is still largely available in Shortcuts today).
As a creator, I use automation to:
- Take the busywork out of daily tasks,
- Share about products that truly solve my problems, and
- Construct workflows to help me spend less time getting more done.
That focus is my lens for exploring how life can be lived when augmented by a thoughtful application of technology.
In that regard, my goal for this site to make as much information I know as freely accessible and available as possible.
I fully believe in the potential for Shortcuts to change the world. By making it possible for individuals to build shortcuts, taking advantage of the capabilities of coding on mobile devices and utilizing them in their daily lives, Apple took Workflow and is turning it into programming for the masses.
Now, I’m utilizing what I’ve learned in my history as I’m working independently, teaching people across a variety of media – I hope I can be a conduit for you to tap into this exciting energy.
Thanks for stopping by.