Shortcuts is an essential app for iOS that lets users build script-like systems with a simple drag and drop interface. It’s powerful enough for experts, giving them the flexibility to combine numerous applications and web services into a single shortcut. But its still able to maintain an approachability that allows novice users to find utility in it too.
The following is a continuously updated collection of workflows for publishing on the web.
Launch Ulysses: Opens a new sheet in Ulysses with my template for publishing feature articles. Typically initiated from Workflow’s today view widget, but could also be launched from a home screen shortcut or from within Workflow itself.
Push To Ulysses: When viewing a webpage in Safari, initiate Push to Ulysses from Workflow’s action extension. A new sheet will be opened in Ulysses with my template for publishing Linked List items. If activated with text selected on the webpage, that text will be placed in a blockquote within the body of the template.
Push To WordPress: When sharing Markdown text from Ulysses that’s written in the templates mentioned above, Push To WordPress will publish Linked List items and feature articles to your WordPress installation. The workflow automatically sets tags, URL slug, a custom field for links, and determines which category to use based on the title’s header level — “##” for feature and “###” for links.
Publish Update: When sharing Markdown text in Ulysses that has already been published, initiating Publish Update from Workflow’s action extension will copy the post contents to your device’s clipboard and displays a search view in your WordPress dashboard with the post title as the search term. You can then use select all and paste in the post’s compose screen to publish the update.
Upload Image: Activated through Workflow’s action extension when viewing an image in Photos. Upload Image utilizes the ImageOptim API to compress, rename, and upload the file to your WordPress installation. Upon completion, the image’s URL is copied to your device’s clipboard.
Jetpack Stats: Can be used to launch directly into the stats interface of the WordPress app for any WordPress.com site or Jetpack-powered site using the stats module. Implementation instructions and more information about the shortcut can be found in the initial write-up regarding it.
Word Counter: An action extension workflow that displays the number of words and average reading time for an article in Safari.
Icon Grid: A self-contained version of Federico Viticci’s icon grid workflow that he shared in a Club MacStories newsletter. It has been modified to run from Workflow’s action extension, when viewing a text document or webpage, that includes links to applications in the App Store. I’ve also transitioned to using Workflow’s new Mask Image action for adding the proper border radius to each of the icons.
I’m no longer using or maintaining the following Shortcuts, which were originally included in The Toolkit:
Push To Reddit: A shortcut for sharing your site’s most recent article to Reddit. It can be run from Workflow’s today view widget, a shortcut on your home screen, or from within Workflow itself. The only caveat is that you’ll have to use the desktop version of Reddit’s site — their URLs for submitting links don’t appear to work if you’re redirected to the mobile site.
iTunes Affiliate: When launched, this workflow will open the iTunes Affiliate dashboard app or website, depending on whether you’re on an iPad or iPhone. This let’s you have a consistent icon for the affiliate dashboard on all of your devices. When adding to your home screens, I suggest using this icon for the shortcut — from Apple’s Classic Mac sticker pack — and hiding the PH Enterprise app in a folder on your iPhone.