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What’s New in Shortcuts? Issue 23

Originally posted as What’s New in Shortcuts? Issue 23sign up for the newsletter here.

Welcome to Issue 23 of “What’s New in Shortcuts?”

I’ve finally done it! My whole Shortcuts library has been fully rebuilt according to my new system and I’m truly loving it – plus I figured out another level of what should go on my true Home Screens, so that’s been really exciting and already proving itself out in usefulness.

Thankfully David Sparks and Rosemary Orchard swooped in at just the right time and had me as a guest on the Automators podcast – look for the excellent conversation this Friday when the episode drops!

Until then, here’s two more of my new shortcuts and some great Shortcuts tips I found in the community – plus, look for the fully-updated Shortcuts Catalog coming very soon!

🆕 NEW THIS WEEK

Controlling your smart speakers, managing your own Twitterverse, and chapters for my latest stream:

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What’s New in Shortcuts? Issue 22

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Welcome to Issue 22 of “What’s New in Shortcuts?”

Hey there,

There’s a good amount of Shortcuts news this week, but there’s no pressure to learn it all right away – take what you want now and save the rest for later.

I’m putting together a bit more of a guided path through Shortcuts for folks like you soon, so absorb what sticks now and I’ll reinforce it with some good lessons down the line.

🗓 NEW THIS WEEK

One new stream, three podcast shortcuts, and a ton of new actions from Toolbox Pro:

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What’s New in Shortcuts? Issue 21

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Welcome to Issue 21 of “What’s New in Shortcuts?”

After the amazing results from the survey I sent around, I’ve made a few changes to this newsletter – first by moving it to Wednesday afternoon (PST) instead of Sunday evenings.

I’m also going to create less single-serving shortcuts and fewer but more powerful shortcuts that solve particular use cases & provide more continued utility over time.

In many ways, it’ll be the same content, condensed into bigger shortcuts that handle multiple tasks in one tool.

In addition, I’ll be taking some of the writing here and building it out more on my blog & other channels, then linking back to that each week – for example, I’ll be pausing my Scripting series here and turning it into more useful blog posts.

That being said, you’ll still see lots of inklings of future content in the newsletter in smaller tips as we go.

Thank you so much for being a subscriber and/or a member – with this helpful feedback and my new approach, I’m truly more excited than ever to synthesize and translate what I know into useful resources for you all!

🗓 NEW THIS WEEK

This week I’ve got two new shortcuts available–one for the public and one for members only — plus I’m doing a livestream this afternoon:

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What’s New in Shortcuts? Issue 20

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Welcome to Issue 20 of “What’s New in Shortcuts?”

This week was somewhat quiet on the Shortcuts front – there’s likely a new version of iOS coming out soon so we’re in the calm before the storm – but that won’t stop us from having fun with it.

This week I’ve got a set for better note-taking habits, working through Item actions in the Scripting category, links to Automations, some of my streaming shortcuts, and handwriting shortcuts for Members:

📝 TAKING NOTE OF WHAT’S TO COME

As we’re headed into the last week of January, I wanted to help reinforce the building of new habits aided by technology – especially with a bit of smarts built in so there’s no setup required:

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What’s New in Shortcuts? Issue 19

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Welcome to Issue 19 of “What’s New in Shortcuts?”

Believe it or not, we’re still just out of the second full calendar week of 2021 – it’s felt way longer than that though thanks to ~current events~.

This week was a bit quiet on the technology news front, but that just means more room for building up new routines with Shortcuts – here’s how I’m using it to gain momentum and avoid doing the same work twice:

🤓 CONSUMER ELECTRONICS SHORTCUTS

With the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) going all-digital, this week was full of new products, new ideas, and 100% less walking than I did last year at my first time at the conference in Las Vegas – here’s how I tuned in without overdoing it: 

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What’s New in Shortcuts? Issue 18

This was originally published in Issue 18 of my newsletter “What’s New in Shortcuts?” – sign up here.

Hello all — I’m assuming 2021 did not start off the way many of us expected.

I hope you all are taking care of yourselves and your loved ones as much as possible, which is always important but even more so during stressful times. Engage as needed, take breaks, and do what needs to be done.

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What’s New in Shortcuts? Issue 17

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Welcome to Issue 17 of “What’s New in Shortcuts?”

Happy New Year!

I managed to hold off from working too much this last week and made sure to take more of the holiday off properly, which helped me get a little more perspective on last year and this upcoming one.

I hope you’re all giving any new endeavors the time they need to grow – I’m trying to take things slow and trust the process this year.

❤️ SHORTCUTS FOR LIFE

Shortcuts is the perfect tool for New Year’s Resolutions, the theme system, or just general life improvements using technology like the Health app and Apple Watch – check out these collections from the Catalog:

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Smart Tech Today 59: Rosemary Orchard’s Smart Home Setup 🎙

On this episode of Smart Tech Today, I had a guest host Rosemary Orchard while Mikah was out – here’s what we talked about:

  • Our hands-on impressions of Apple’s AirPods Max,
  • Google Stadia on iOS, and
  • Rosemary’s smart home setup
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What’s New in Shortcuts? Issue 15

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Welcome to issue 15 of “What’s New in Shortcuts?”

Another fun week for Shortcuts users is complete – did any of you set up new shortcuts for the Home Screen once iOS 14.3 came out?

I want to see screenshots of your Home Screens–shortcuts or not–so reply to this email with yours and share some inspiration!

☺️ COME VIBE WITH ME

I have too much fun being dorky on the internet, but I couldn’t resist with the review unit of the AirPods Max that I picked up to test out – plus, I discovered a way to get at ProRAW photos:

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What’s New in Shortcuts? Issue 14

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Welcome to issue 14 of “What’s New in Shortcuts?”

This is the week! Once iOS 14.3 drops, millions of people will update their smartphones and suddenly be able to create their “app ideas” by adding them as shortcuts to their Home Screen.

The main change? The limitation where “custom icons always open into Shortcuts first” is now gone!

Shortcuts added to the Home Screen actually behave like you’d expect, opening into apps immediately – plus they run all the scripting actions perfectly, just like the Shortcuts widget.

Other than that, here’s what’s new in Shortcuts this week:

🎧  SHORTCUTS TO THE MAX

Apple Fitness+ comes out tomorrow, Apple’s releasing AirPods Max, and M1 Macs are still shipping out to new users every day – here’s how to take advantage of Apple’s latest updates: