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Shortcuts Wishlist ➝

Jordan Merrick:

Shortcuts has gained plenty of features and functionality over the years, especially after Apple’s acquisition of Workflow, but how shortcuts are created and organized has remained almost unchanged since the app first launched back in 2015.

As a result, creating shortcuts like Mocktail is a painstaking and frustrating process. The app simply hasn’t scaled with the increasingly complex uses for shortcuts and the interface is still skewed towards simple shortcuts made up of only a few actions.

After spending what felt like an eternity updating Mocktail, I’ve come up with a wishlist of ten improvements I’d love to see in Shortcuts.

A great list from Jordan here — copying actions, backups/versioning, and the ability to share shortcuts as files are my favorite of the bunch. But I’d add Apple Watch support to the list as well. Specifically the ability to display a shortcut on your Apple Watch Face as a complication, which could be configured per shortcut with a toggle switch next to “Show in Widget” and “Show in Share Sheet”.

➝ Source: jordanmerrick.com

Jordan Merrick Retires His GitHub Shortcuts Directory ➝

Jordan Merrick has decided to move his shortcuts directory to his own site because Shortcuts no longer allows you to import the .shortcut files that he had been storing on GitHub:

All of my shortcuts are being made available on my site and can be found at a dedicated Shortcuts page. Although I write blog posts for some of them, I’ve created plenty of shortcuts which I’ve never blogged about. That isn’t going to change but any time I create a new shortcut that I think others might find useful, at the very least I’ll publish it here.

I understand why Apple made that decision — if there was a malicious shortcut going around, since they can only be shared with an iCloud link, Apple would have the ability to remove the shortcut from their server and prevent it from spreading further.

But this limitation makes backing up your shortcuts a major pain. If you build a shortcut to automatically backup all of your shortcuts to iCloud links and then save the links into a notes app, you have to tap through a prompt for every single shortcut you have.

Thankfully Jordan linked to a shortcut that lets you import .shortcut files into the Shortcuts app. So I’ve returned to backing up my shortcuts as files and will utilize the .shortcut importer if I ever have to restore anything.

➝ Source: jordanmerrick.com

Creating Device-Framed Screenshots in Workflow ➝

Jordan Merrick:

Instead of looking to insert a screenshot inside device image, a screenshot can be “wrapped” by slicing a device image beforehand. Then, with some creative use of the “Combine Images” action and a few variables later, it’s possible to wrap a screenshot in a way that results in a perfect image of an iOS device containing a screenshot.

Workflow is an application that I’ve wanted to dig into for quite some time. And this workflow is a great example of why.

The app really reminds me a lot of Quicksilver — an incredibly powerful and versatile application that’s capable of streamlining tasks and improving your productivity. When I first started using the Mac in 2006, Quicksilver was always the first app I’d install on a new machine. I have since moved on to using Alfred, but it’s become such an important tool for me that I can barely find my way around a mac without it. At some point, I’d like Workflow to feel that essential to me.

(Via MacStories.)