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Announcing the expanded Shortcuts Library with 600 shortcuts and 150 bundle shortcuts

I am incredibly excited to announce the relaunch of my Shortcuts Library in its expanded form, including over 600 custom shortcuts!

What’s new

The Shortcuts Library is updated from last year’s release, in which I consolidated my original larger library into 50+ shortcuts that each covered large areas of what’s possible with Shortcuts.

With the new release, I’m distributing 600 single shortcuts in the main library across 100 folder groups, plus I’ve developed a method to compile each folder into 150 bundle shortcuts made out of all the single shortcuts in that folder.

The single shortcuts are grouped into free and members-only folders, which are further separated into Productivity and Lifestyle groups.

Plus members have exclusive access to all the bundle shortcuts, available at the top of each folder page.

I’ll be adding new free and members-only folders regularly (sign up for my newsletter to stay up-to-date), and updating the bundle shortcuts for every new folder added as I go.

Explore more

Beyond the shortcuts themselves, I’ve made a few changes to the Shortcuts Library to make it easier to explore.

I’m slowly releasing new Custom Views, starting with the Difficulty Level groups – you can view all my Simple, Average, and Complex shortcuts included in the full library (note: members-only shortcuts are mixed in with free shortcuts in these views).

I’ve also updated the design of the entire larger Shortcuts Catalog, moving from paginated views to infinite scrolls and simplifying the navigation so you can find everything a little bit better – let me know if you have any further suggestions!

Changes to the Catalog

With this release, I’ve made a few overall changes to the Shortcuts Catalog:

  1. I moved the membership program to quarterly payments instead of monthly – I think this better represents the larger batches of shortcuts I can develop alongside Apple’s OS updates. You can still get an annual membership too, which at this point gets you all of iOS 15 and most of iOS 16 coming this fall.
  2. My “What’s New in Shortcuts” newsletter has moved off the weekly schedule and will be released on-demand – I’ll send issues for new shortcuts drops, big app updates, and any other times there’s news to share. I’m also moving some of the former newsletter sections to regular blog posts, so all the same material will get covered over time – follow my RSS feed here.
  3. I’ve moved the Shortcuts User Group to Discord last year in an attempt to create a free gathering space where people can discuss Shortcuts together, plus I’m also testing a Shortcuts community on Twitter – sign up for the Discord here and join the Twitter community here.

All of these changes should allow me to publish even more, as well as create deeper guides and videos on how to use Shortcuts – I’m incredibly excited for this third phase of my Shortcuts Catalog.

I still feel like I’m just getting started and I’m excited to share the other 1000 shortcuts I’ve already created so far too – I can’t wait to expand the Catalog in the coming months.

Membership

I want to give a very special thanks to my existing members – your membership is the core of my Shortcuts Catalog and I will be forever grateful for your support these last two years.

Making Shortcuts accessible to everyone is my mission and having a wonderful group of people contributing directly truly makes all of this possible – if you’d like to join us, sign up for a membership here.

Check out the updated Shortcuts Library.

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What’s new in Shortcuts stream – Automations, Actions, & Mac Improvements

Join me this Sunday, March 20 at 9am Pacific/12pm Eastern/4pm UTC for a stream as we talk about iOS 15.4 and the new Shortcuts features included in the update.

We’ll cover the new sets of actions that are available, how Automations can run without notifying you every time, and lots of little details that are new in Shortcuts & iOS – I want to get you up-to-speed and moving with everything new!

I’ll be covering shortcuts available publicly in my Shortcuts Catalog and some members-only shortcuts as well.

Click here to get notified when I’m live.

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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 shortcuts.live:

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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All 25 of the Mac-Only Actions Coming to Shortcuts for Mac 🔐

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.

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.

Become a member to get access to the post, 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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All the New Cross-Platform Actions in Shortcuts for iOS, iPadOS, and macOS 🔐

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 as well as 21 Mac-only actions.

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 – I’ll be covering the Mac-only actions next week.

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

Become a member to get access to the full post, plus:

  • Members-only shortcuts
  • 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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Automation for AirTags: what the U1 chip means (beyond finding lost devices)

Apple’s new AirTags are their cheapest standalone product, yet I think they’re one of the most interesting released in a while.

And that’s because of the U1 chip inside – now the fourth Apple product besides iPhone, Apple Watch, and HomePod mini to include one.

This ultra-wideband technology has super-precise tracking technology, which I think could enable a whole new wave of automation capabilities for Apple devices.

I made a video that explains my thoughts on what I’m calling “Spatial Awareness for Siri” – you can watch the whole thing on YouTube in under 3 minutes:

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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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Add my livestream calendar for public & members-only streams

I’ve created a new Google Calendar for all of my livestreams so that folks can add it to their devices and see when I’ll be live for both public and private member streams:

I’ll include links for each event for public YouTube streams, member posts with unlisted streams embedded inside, and my Twitch channel.

Check out the calendar online here and add it directly to your Calendar using the iCal format.