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.

May 27, 2022

MacStories Weekly: Issue 322

In this issue: A collection of apps with great reading experiences on the iPad mini, Federico shares MusicBox shortcuts to open a random album and read editorial content about them, an all-new episode of MacStories Unplugged, a reader desk setup, a MusicHarbor tip, 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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May 20, 2022

MacStories Weekly: Issue 321

In this issue: Federico shares three iOS and iPadOS system features that should become standalone apps, John on how he uses Due to declutter his task manager and form new work habits, 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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May 13, 2022

MacStories Weekly: Issue 320

In this issue: John has six lessons he’s learned from six years of testing HomeKit devices, Alex goes behind the scenes on the technology behind Automation April, and we’ve got a Club member’s Home Screen, 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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May 6, 2022

MacStories Weekly: Issue 319

In this issue: Federico embarks on an all-tag and smart list setup in Reminders and John imagines how gaming could live alongside video streaming as a cornerstone of the Apple TV, plus a giveaway and 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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April 30, 2022

Monthly Log: April 2022

This month, we’ve asked a few of our Automation April Shortcuts Contest judges to share what they’ve learned from the contest participants and their personal experiences with Shortcuts.

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