July 1, 2022

MacStories Weekly: Issue 327

In this issue: A collection of apps for your next road trip, ideas for organizing your workspace, 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.

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June 24, 2022

MacStories Weekly: Issue 326

In this issue: John recommends Forecast Bar, a weather app for the Mac’s menu bar, tips for getting the most out of Matter, a reader desk setup, 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.

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June 17, 2022

MacStories Weekly: Issue 325

In this issue: John’s favorite Safari extensions, Federico with a roundup of lesser-known iOS 16 features, Stephen Hackett on the changes coming to Mail, a reader desk setup, 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.

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June 11, 2022

MacStories Weekly: Issue 324

In this issue: Federico has 5 questions about iPadOS 16 multitasking, John looks at how WWDC has changed and what it means for the conference in the future, 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.

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June 3, 2022

MacStories Weekly: Issue 323

In this issue: It’s rumored that Apple will unveil a ‘pro’ mode at WWDC and Federico has questions, John shares his WWDC Home Screen, we have a Timery giveaway for members, 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.

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June 1, 2022

Automation Academy: Tips for Optimizing Your Shortcuts for macOS Monterey

Shortcuts for Mac.

Earlier this week on MacStories, I published my story on why and how I’ve been using the MacBook Pro with M1 Max as my primary computer for the past six months. I don’t want to rehash the story here, but for those who missed it, it’s an exploration from the perspective of a longtime iPad user of the current macOS ecosystem and what it offers to power users compared to the limitations of iPadOS. There’s a lot more context in the story, especially regarding what I think the iPad still does better than a Mac and why Apple should keep investing in the iPad’s unique nature, so make sure to check out the full article here.

In the story, I covered the importance of the arrival of the Shortcuts app on the Mac with macOS Monterey, and that’s the topic of this month’s Automation Academy lesson for Club MacStories Plus and Premier members. I’ve spent the past six months updating my existing shortcuts for macOS as well as creating new ones specifically for Mac. Today, I want to take you through some principles to keep in mind when designing shortcuts for Mac as well as some advanced techniques you can start using in the Shortcuts app for Monterey (and, presumably, the next version of Shortcuts for Mac) to tailor your shortcuts for a desktop environment.

Grab your favorite note-taking app, open the Shortcuts app for Mac, and let’s get started.

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Episode 12June 1, 2022

WWDC and Federico's MacBook Pro Story

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.