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Tuesday
Feb242015

Workflow (iOS): Archive Web Page to PDF

Continuing with my little spate of sharing workflows for the iOS app known as Workflow, I've decided to share another simple action extension workflow that allows you to save web pages as a simplified style PDF (i.e. stripped of adverts, etc.) Whilst I personally use Evernote as my snap shot repository and page cleaner of choice, sometimes I want to be able to send other people a snap shot of a page and Workflow provides a relatively easy way to do this.

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Tuesday
Feb242015

Workflow (iOS): Check This Out

I use various services for web pages I want to take a deeper look at later, Pocket and Evernote being my favourites for my personal reading. However I frequently come across things I want to take a look at more closely for my work. Rather than creating a task (which I'll then probably defer ad infinitum) I choose the simpler option of mailing myself details of the page. Whilst this has never been a particularly onerous task I found that I could use the wonderfully flexible iOS app Workflow to help me make it even easier.

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Tuesday
Feb242015

Workflow (iOS): Take a Note

I continue to find great personal uses for the iOS app Workflow. One of the ones I've been experimenting with recently relates to quickly taking contextual notes and adding them into Evernote.

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Wednesday
Feb182015

Workflow (iOS): Server Commands

It's amazing how many computers we all work with these days. Our phones, our tablets, work computers, personal computers, remote servers, Raspberry Pis; the list goes on. I frequently find myself wanting to action things on a computer other than the one in front of me and I now have another tool in my arsenal to do this ... the iOS app Workflow.

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Saturday
Jan242015

Workflow (iOS): A Workflow to Download Images (Jay Mantri)

I've been experimenting a lot recently with the iOS Workflow application and whilst it is an initial release it has a lot of power and a vast amount of potential. Whilst there are a number of features I'm hoping will be included in upcoming releases I have a few workflows that are already saving me some time and one of those relates to a site called jaymantri.com. The site offers up a set of photographs for download each week and when the e-mail comes to let me know they're available I dutifully went to the site to download each of them from. But now with Workflow I can grab them from across the site with the push of a button.

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Wednesday
Jan142015

Workflow (iOS): Some Example Workflows for Dates

Whilst experimenting and answering occasional Twitter questions relating to date manipulation in the iOS Workflow app I've created a few example workflows. These workflows are not intended to be stand alone workflows with a practical purpose, but simply as ways that the dates can be manipulated.

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Sunday
Jan112015

Workflow (iOS): A Workflow to Duplicate Workflows

Late last year I was eagerly awaiting the release of a new iOS application that promised a new level of automation. Whilst I do like using Launch Center Pro, Drafts and Pythonista, Workflow promised something a little different and something that could complement these other tools very nicely. I'm sure I'll be sharing numerous workflows on this site as time goes by, but the first one I thought I'd share is one that you could say is a little bit meta. A workflow for duplicating workflows.

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Saturday
Jan102015

ThoughtAsylum 2014 Review

It's the new year so once again it's time to review the past 12 months and see what's been going on at thoughtasylum.com and with me.

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Wednesday
Dec312014

TextExpander: List Browser Tabs

Like many of us, the Internet is my go to place for immediate access information. It allows me to quickly research topics via my web browser, but for more involved topics it can be difficult for me to get enough detail in a single sitting, or I may need to pass on some details elsewhere (e.g. a reference list for a document/post/article). But when I have several tabs open (potentially across several windows) it can be a pain to manually list out the links and pages. To that end I created an AppleScript based TextExpander snippet to produce such a list.

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Sunday
Nov302014

TextExpander: Inline Calculation

There are many options these days for carrying out ad hoc calculations. Personally I ditched the desktop calculator as soon as I got a personal computer for my day to day work - after all a computer is a very capable calculator. But that left me with various options of how to carry out a calculation. On the Mac there's the calculator app and following in the steps of launchers like Alfred even Spotlight allows you to carry out quick calculations. If you have a browser open you could even tap into the calculation potential of engines such as Google search of Wolfram-Alpha. However in order to retain my clipboard and tap into something that allowed for some more complex calculations I created a TextExpander snippet to help with this.

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