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December 15, 2023

MacStories Weekly: Issue 398

In this issue: Federico shares a shortcut for saving links to GoodLinks and Things at the same time, John has some workflow tips that integrate the browser extension Markdownload with other utilities, Jonathan covers some of the OS updates from the past week that you might have missed, plus the usual Links, App Debuts, the latest happenings in the Club MacStories+ Discord community, a recap of MacStories articles, and a preview of next week’s episode of AppStories.

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December 13, 2023

Automation Academy: ThingsBox, a Versatile Shortcut for Adding Content to the Things Inbox

ThingsBox.

A few weeks ago on AppStories, John said something I’ve been thinking about ever since: that instead of appending quick notes and random thoughts to a note in Obsidian, I should just consider using the Things inbox as a temporary holding spot for all those bits of text. It’s an interesting idea: since I started using Things again as my task manager (and I’m very happy with it), I’ve been increasingly using the inbox the way David Allen intended: as a way to temporarily park ideas and quick notes, which I will review later and decide if they need to become part of a project or something else. I accidentally stumbled upon the GTD inbox methodology again in my life, and I believe it was largely made possible by Things’ support for freeform Markdown notes attached to tasks.

As you can imagine, that got me thinking: could I come up with a better way to save stuff in my Things inbox? The Things share sheet extension is…fine, as is adding new items from the Apple Watch, but neither of those features is intelligent enough to understand the kind of content I’m saving into the app. To truly embrace the Things inbox as my new dashboard, I had to figure out a faster, multi-platform, more flexible capture system.

The shortcut I created for this is called ThingsBox, and it’s a versatile system for quickly capturing text, Safari webpages, URLs, App Store apps, and even images and save them as new items in the Things inbox. ThingsBox runs on every Apple platform and can be used from a widget, the share sheet, or manually inside the Shortcuts app; it is optimized for the Apple Watch, where it defaults to dictation input; on the Mac, ThingsBox integrates with AppleScript to see what the frontmost window is and capture its data accordingly.

It took me a while to design my ideal capture shortcut for the Things inbox, but I’m very happy with the results, and I decided to share it with Club Plus and Premier members for this brand new Automation Academy column.

Let’s take a look.

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December 8, 2023

MacStories Weekly: Issue 397

In this issue: Federico on changing the fonts in GoodLinks, Jonathan explains how the app Structured has helped him stay organized, and John embarks on an overhaul of his backup system, plus the usual Links, App Debuts, the latest happenings in the Club MacStories+ Discord community, a recap of MacStories articles, and a preview of next week’s episode of AppStories.

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December 1, 2023

MacStories Weekly: Issue 396

In this issue: Type, a new Mac note-taking app, Jonathan’s Kagi search review, how Niléane deals with Bluetooth audio stuttering on the MacBook Air, plus the usual Links, App Debuts, the latest happenings in the Club MacStories+ Discord community, a recap of MacStories articles, and a preview of next week’s episode of AppStories.

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November 24, 2023

MacStories Weekly: Issue 395

In this issue: Federico has a tip on running multiple scheduled shortcuts at once, John offers advice on how to use Areas and Projects in Things, Jonathan on how he’s using shortcuts and HomeKit sensors to send reminders when a window has been left open, plus the usual Links, App Debuts, the latest happenings in the Club MacStories+ Discord community, a recap of MacStories articles, and a preview of next week’s episode of AppStories.

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November 17, 2023

MacStories Weekly: Issue 394

In this issue: Federico’s search for the perfect iPad Pro USB-C adapter ends with a twist, John has too many batteries, Jonathan is deep into StandBy, and Club member Jason shares a wonderful Home Screen 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 next week’s episode of AppStories.

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November 10, 2023

MacStories Weekly: Issue 393

In this issue: The MacStories Selects Awards are just around the corner, Jonathan recommends Kompressor, John’s been using the Aqara FP2 sensor with lighting automations, plus the usual Links, App Debuts, the latest happenings in the Club MacStories+ Discord community, a recap of MacStories articles, and a preview of next week’s episode of AppStories.

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November 3, 2023

MacStories Weekly: Issue 392

In this issue: John shares some favorite lesser-known Obsidian plugins, Federico revives an old keyboard with a Mac utility, Jonathan shares a shortcut for posting from Letterboxd to Mastodon, plus the usual Links, App Debuts, the latest happenings in the Club MacStories+ Discord community, a recap of MacStories articles, and a preview of next week’s episode of AppStories.

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