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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:

https://youtu.be/N0gkVc2XNf4

See you there!

Hey members!

This Wednesday, August 18 at 12pm PST/7pm GMT, 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 shortcuts.live:

One of the excellent features coming to Shortcuts for Mac is the addition of a scripting capabilities 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:

If you’re like me and have long relied on the Bartender app for macOS to clean up your Menu Bar, plus you tend to live on the dangerous side and install macOS betas, then you’ll want to grab the beta of Bartender so it works on your Mac again.

Looks like it won't support every feature of Monterey until the full release, but it's still worth grabbing now to clean things up as best it can.

Get the update here.

In macOS Monterey, Apple has added 5 sets of actions to the Shortcuts app that are Mac-only – these aren’t available for iPad or iPhone users as they require specific features/apps (see my piece about the cross-platform actions).

Mac users can now easily automate their window management, interact with Finder, make disk images, perform actions taken from Automator, and take advantage of deeper Mac automation – plus there’s two actions not yet found in the betas.

In this 4,800-word piece (about 20 minutes average reading time), I’ll explain each of them in detail, plus give you my initial thoughts on what bringing this functionality to macOS means for the transition to Shortcuts as Apple’s main automation platform.

With the release of iOS 15 and the associated betas across Apple’s platforms, the Shortcuts app has received 2 automation types and 22 new actions that work across iPhone, iPad, and macOS.

This piece (4,700 words, about 20 minutes average reading time) includes my write up of the cross-platform actions, reordered into custom groups I've created – check out my coverage of the Mac-only actions too.

I'll also be adding screenshots and example shortcuts in a future version, so read up now and I'll post the full guide once the public betas release.

On episode 80 of Smart Tech Today, Mikah and I talked about the following:

Follow-ups from Google IO, Google Assistant tweaks, and smart home changes this week. Plus HomeKit gear, Apple Watch apps, and our thoughts on the latest Apple products. And our smart home predictions and picks of the week.

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.

Access the stream below:

https://youtu.be/eVt4eCeAyZg

Originally posted as What’s New in Shortcuts? Issue 36sign up for the newsletter here.

Welcome to Issue 36 of "What's New in Shortcuts?"

Hey folks,

I've had the new iPad Pro and the Siri remote for Apple TV in my hands for a few days now – I wanted to give members a digest of my thoughts before I create videos on each, so look for those next week.

Plus, I've got a new set of shortcuts to go along with Flexibits' apps, new Notion shortcuts, and a bundle of good links for you all - plus how I'm using Shortcuts with Apple TV:

🆕 NEW FROM ME THIS WEEK

Two apps with Shortcuts support for one subscription, my new Notion shortcuts, and another stream for diving deeper into the API - plus a teaser for next week:

  • CardHop and Fantastical
    I've created two new shortcuts--Fantasticalendar and Rolodex for Cardhop--that take advantage of all the shortcuts available in Flexibits' set of apps. Cardhop 2 just released on Tuesday with a cross-application subscription, so now one price gets you both apps - and these shortcuts can help you get even more out of those experiences.
  • Notion shortcuts from last week's stream
    In Last Thursday's livestream, I walked viewers through working with Notion's API from scratch - and came up with three shortcuts that members can use now to tap into Notion: Copy Notion Database ID, Open Notion Page, and Add Notion Page. Plus, I'm also adding time stamps to the previous stream to make it easier to follow along retroactively - look for those by the end of the day today.
  • New member stream on Friday at 9am PST
    Following up on last week's stream, I'm doing another this Friday at 9am PST / 12pm EST / 16:00 UTC to round out the Notion API exploration - I'll be building shortcuts that interact with more advanced data types, building more of a front-end for the shortcuts themselves, and summarizing what I've learned into more digestible bits.