1. Writing for Macdrifter on the iPad Pro

    November 14, 2018 by Gabe | [mmd] |

    I write everything for this site in MultiMarkdown. Text is pretty easy to create on iOS but some of the subtleties of creating images and working with my Pelican host is more difficult than on a Mac. Here are a few of the apps I use to make it easier ...

  2. Moving Text Between Drafts and DEVONthink To Go with Shortcuts

    November 13, 2018 by Gabe | [mmd] |

    I'm still looking for a convenient way to edit text files that I archive in DEVONthink To Go. While I love the organization and intelligent search in DEVONthink the built-in text editor is anemic. I developed a pair of Shortcuts that move text between Drafts and DEVONthink.

    The first ...

  3. 11 Years Gone

    November 10, 2018 by Gabe | [mmd] |

    I still miss the mind of Kurt Vonnegut. His ideas shaped my own.

    Another flaw in the human character is that everybody wants to build and nobody wants to do maintenance.

    Kurt Vonnegut, Hocus Pocus

    I think of that idea often. It explains the state of the world. How did ...

  4. iPad Pro 2018 Gut Reaction

    November 08, 2018 by Gabe | [mmd] |

    After less than 24 hours with iPad Pro, here are the reactions I'd give anyone considering an upgrade.

    TL;DR: The 12.9" is still huge, the pencil is better, and the keyboard case is a big improvement. It's a pro-level iPad that's more than most people ...

  5. Standing still. iPad Pro 2018

    November 04, 2018 by Gabe | [mmd] |

    Speaking of independent Apple blogging, it's nice to see that Thomas Verschoren is back at it.

    Standing still. iPad Pro 2018

    But, even with all those new bells and whistles, it’s still the same iPad running the same iOS. It’s an iPad. A device that was perfect ...

  6. Daring Fireball: Dan Frakes Goes to Apple as Mac App Store Editor

    November 04, 2018 by Gabe | [mmd] |

    Daring Fireball: Dan Frakes Goes to Apple as Mac App Store Editor

    The talent pool writing about Apple products and platforms from outside the company’s walls is getting noticeably shallower. And on a personal level, this trend is not good for me, because I can’t link to App ...

  7. Clipboard Shortcuts with Siri

    November 01, 2018 by Gabe | [mmd] |

    While I'm frustrated by some of Shortcuts gaps, it has solved some long standing problems. I use apps like Drafts less because I can do basic clipboard transformations with Shortcuts, triggered by Siri. Here are a few the clipboard Shortcuts I use the most.

    Paste to Drafts

    This is ...

  8. Shortcuts Shenanigans

    October 31, 2018 by Gabe | [mmd] |

    I'm still trying to bend Apple's Shortcuts app to my will. I probably would have given up long ago were it not for the joy I get from my HomePod when it actually works. I've definitely run into the rough edges of Shortcuts, edges that feel like ...

  9. Calca for iOS Gets an Update

    October 26, 2018 by Gabe | [mmd] |

    Calca is a terrific little plain text calculator app that I feared was abandoned. As a fan of Markdown and all things plain text, Calca appeals to me desire for simplicity and portability. I write the text and Calca does the math.

    The latest update adds iOS 11 support which ...

  10. Screenshot Stitching with Picsew

    October 26, 2018 by Gabe | [mmd] |

    Even without the "big bucks" of affiliate links, I still have some iOS apps to recommend. I recently bought Picsew to create a single long image of a Shortcuts macro. It worked a treat.

    Point it at multiple screenshots and then export as a seamless single image.


    There are several ...