In this issue: John wraps up his reevaluation of the Mac utilities he’s been using, Federico shares a YouTube watch later system he’s built with Obsidian, Shortcuts, and the Dataview plugin, and a new episode of MacStories Unplugged, plus the usual Links, App Debuts, the latest happenings in the Club MacStories+ Discord community, a recap of MacStories articles, and a preview of upcoming MacStories podcast episodes.
In this issue: John reevaluates some of the Mac utilities he’s using, a tip for using Matter’s Safari extension, Federico explains how he’s using the Dataview plugin with Obsidian and the Minimal Theme’s Cards feature, plus the usual Links, a long list of App Debuts from the holiday break, the latest happenings in the Club MacStories+ Discord community, a recap of MacStories articles, and a preview of upcoming MacStories podcast episodes.
This month, John looks at the resurgence of read-it-later apps and what he expects we’ll see from the category of apps in 2022. John also closes out 2021 with some automation lessons learned over the holiday season.
In this issue: A tip for integrating Mac shortcuts with iOS and iPadOS, Federico’s holiday grab bag of new shortcuts, John shares his Mac menu bar, the final episode of MacStories Unplugged for 2021, plus the usual Links, App Debuts, a recap of MacStories articles, and a preview of upcoming MacStories podcast episodes.
For this month’s Club MacStories+ Town Hall, Federico, John, and Alex chat about the 2021 MacStories Selects awards, providing more detail on the apps that won, the runners-up, and the process of making their picks. To learn more about Club MacStories+ and Club Premier, visit our Club plans page.
In this issue: An announcement about Weekly’s holiday schedule, Mimestream, Federico’s solution to sync playlists between Apple Music and TIDAL, Club member Fran Besora Home Screen, plus Links, App Debuts, a recap of MacStories articles, and a preview of upcoming MacStories podcasts.
In this issue: Federico’s iPhone Home Screens and Focus modes, a special story from former MacStories editor Graham Spencer commemorating the 300th issue of MacStories Weekly with a look at the newsletter’s origins, a look back at Twitter apps and what’s become of them, plus a HomeKit tip, Links, App Debuts, a recap of MacStories articles, and a preview of upcoming MacStories podcasts.
The Macintosh Desktop Experience: Building Script Applets and PopClip Extensions for Shortcuts on Mac
On MacStories today, I published the results of my earliest experiments with building shortcuts to batch process other shortcuts for use elsewhere in macOS and with other apps. The two shortcuts, Script Builder and Dock Applet Builder simplify the process of setting up multiple shortcuts as AppleScript
.scpt files and Dock applets. Each has its own strengths, including being relatively simple.
But I wanted to find a way to avoid some constraints of those shortcuts and extend the idea of bulk processing of existing shortcuts to PopClip, an app that I’ve used since its earliest days more than a decade ago, so I built two more shortcuts just for Club members:
- Script Applet Builder
- PopClip Extension Builder
Club MacStories Town Halls are part of the monthly and other special live audio events we hold in the Club MacStories+ Discord community. The show is a recorded and lightly edited version of the Town Halls that we produce, so Club MacStories+ and Club Premier members who can’t attend the event live can listen later. To learn more about Club MacStories+ and Club Premier, visit our Club plans page.
This month, Federico covers two ways to pass input to shortcuts running on the Mac and John says goodbye to the M1 iMac and considers what his next Mac will be.