“The Workflow app was selected for an Apple Design Award in 2015 because of its outstanding use of iOS accessibility features, in particular an outstanding implementation for VoiceOver with clearly labeled items, thoughtful hints, and drag/drop announcements, making the app usable and quickly accessible to those who are blind or low-vision.”
That doesn't sound like a company that's agressively pursuing automation on iOS. Accesibility is still a wonderful, and arguably much more important, goal for Apple, but I don't think it's a positive move for the people that love the app. Unlike Panazarino, I think this is bad news for anyone that relies on Workflow to make iOS useful. If all your eggs are in that one basket then you better hurry up and build a new basket. I'd love to be wrong on this front, but I don't think automation is a priority for Apple or for iOS. The URL support isn't just languishing on iOS, Apple has actively killed access to some feautures in launcher apps. But, who knows. Maybe these three new hires will completely change the Apple culture where Sal couldn't.[^sarcasm]
I've long used nvALT and Dropbox to maintain my collection of notes on my Mac. The benefit of this system is that so many iOS applications sync with Dropbox. I can search and edit my large collection of notes almost anywhere that I'm sitting. But 2016 brought some ...
Today DEVONthink 2 Go 2.1 is available it adds a major new feature: Document Provider service on iOS. There are not many apps on iOS that do this, but DEVONthink is a perfect fit. From within a compatible app, like Textastic or Ulysses, open a provider and browse to ...
I've rewatched David's entire series on Vimeo and it's great. It works everywhere Vimeo works plus you can still download the videos if you want. As with GTD itself, I find that an annual OmniFocus refresher is time well spent.
This is a long and tedious post. It's not really about beer, rather it's about:
- Text files
- Note taking
- Python scripting
- Keyboard Maestro
Ok. It's a little bit about beer. Let's start this story already...
I miss TapCellar, the iOS beer tracking app I ...
While I really like DEVONthink for iOS, I'm frustrated by the lack of shortcuts and user editable smart lists. I can't do much about the lack of smart lists, but Workflow gives me a very easy way to configure launchers for my most used DEVONthink documents and folders ...
Bookmarking services like Pinboard are great. I capture almost every web article I find interesting as a Pinboard bookmark. But if I'm doing actual research on a topic I don't like to rely on the Pinboard link to the page.1 I prefer to capture as a PDF ...
Oddly enough, pushing images to an FTP server on iOS is easier than pushing a plain text file. Many text editors for iOS only share the text. Few apps share an actual file object. 1Writer does this perfectly and makes pushing text files to Transmit dead simple.
From 1Writer, just ...
AutoSleep is an iOS app for analyzing Apple Watch movement data. You wear your watch throughout the night and AutoSleep applies some filters and analysis to provide insights about your wakefulness and quality of sleep. The convenience of AutoSleep is that I don't need to do anything other than ...
Sure, I'm a little down on the AppleTV and the new MacBook Pro. But already in 2017 Apple has released one of their very best products, and it only costs $150.
I own way too many headphones. I have closed-cup, open-cup, noise canceling, expensive studio monitors, and ...
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