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There’s no getting around the fact that it’s early days for Shortcuts for Mac, which means there are bugs. However, that doesn’t mean that you should stay away. There are different schools of thought on this, but as long as you have a ‘Plan B,’ I think this is the perfect time to work with Shortcuts’ new actions on all platforms. This year, that’s more true than ever because, despite the similarities, there are a lot of Mac-specific Shortcuts actions to try. More importantly, even if you run into a wall trying to create complex shortcuts, building a few simple Mac shortcuts will help you understand when Shortcuts for Mac is the best solution and when it isn’t.
With Shortcuts for Mac, the key is to start simple and be realistic about what you’re going to be able to build in the early betas. Go through some of the shortcuts you use on your iPhone and iPad and see if they work on the Mac. Many of mine just worked, and it’s been terrific to finally use them on the Mac. Other shortcuts have had to be tweaked a little to fit better with how I work on the Mac.