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Entries in iOS (18)

Sunday
Sep242017

TextExpander and External Keyboards on iOS

TextExpander is a fantastic tool that fundamentally allows you to enter a string of characters and trigger a response that can replace the text with different content (e.g. plain text, formatted text, an image). On some platforms it can do even more, triggering scripts; though generally the intent is to then return and output some content.

One of the platforms TextExpander is available on is Apple’s iOS, the operating system that runs iPhones and iPads. Whilst these devices have on screen virtual keyboards, they also allow interaction through physical keyboards, but in order to use TextExpander effectively with physical keyboards on these devices you have to do a little preparation work. Whilst Apple’s own built-in text expansion functionality works (and I have a handful of simple expansions set-up in there) it is a pale shadow in comparison to TextExpander.

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Saturday
Jun242017

Workflow: How to Share a Workflow

Workflow is a fantastic automation app for iOS that allows you to build sequences of actions to achieve some sort of repeatable 'workflow'. This has benefits in saving you time, providing consistency and in some cases simply providing you with a way to actually do something that you otherwise wouldn't be able to with the tools at your disposal. Whilst there is a synchronisation service available to keep workflows aligned across your iOS devices and there is a gallery of workflows available through the app it can be useful to share workflows directly with others. In this post, I'm going to quickly cover the primary options you have.

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Thursday
Sep012016

Say No to Folders in Workflow

As I mentioned in yesterday's post I have quite a few Workflow app workflows on my iOS devices. Like many other long time Workflow users I'm looking forward to having a better way to keep track of and structure my collection of Workflows. However unlike everyone else I don't want folders...

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Wednesday
Aug312016

Count Your Workflows

I spend quite a bit of time experimenting with the Workflow App by the folks over at DeskConnect. It's an iOS application that brings Mac automator-style automation into the palm of your hand. As a result of my experimentations I've built up quite a library of workflows and whilst I wait for some sort of structure for the workflows I've come up with a few little tricks, notations and workflows to help me keep things organised. I'm going to share one of those with you today.

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Wednesday
Jul062016

Working with Dropbox Files from Drafts on iOS

Like many who blog I keep a list of topic ideas which I plan to blog about at some point. When I get some time to write I pick a topic that I like the look of and get some word thrashed out. I was surprised when I saw something in last week's MacStories members' newsletter that directly related to something rather niche I had on my list.

As I expect you've already guessed, this post is about that particular topic. It's about getting text to and from the iOS app Drafts from Dropbox.

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Tuesday
Apr052016

Workflow: Modify Clipboard Character Case

I haven't posted about Workflow for a little while, but it remains one of my favourite applications on iOS and I'm still actively creating and revising workflows. In fact I'm currently clocking in at 176 workflows on my devices. Today I thought I'd clear up the dry spell on Workflow related posts and put something together around one of my text manipulation workflows. This particular one manipulates the character case of text on the device clipboard.

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Tuesday
Dec292015

Workflow: Translating Clipboard Text

Whilst I have knowledge of coding languages is reasonably broad my knowledge of spoken and written languages is rather limited. English is pretty much my only language though I can probably get away for asking directions or buy a coffee in a handful of others. It therefore isn't really a surprise that from time to time I come across information that's in a language I don't understand well enough to translate it myself. When I'm at a laptop or desktop computer with an Internet connection I use an online translations service like Google Translate. Sometimes however I'm on an iOS device and whilst I can use such services I decided to put together a little Workflow app workflow to try and speed up the process.

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Thursday
Jul092015

Workflow: Chaining Workflows

Workflow is a fantastic iOS automation app that allows you to do many wonderful, amazing and even crazy things. One of the problems for me through has been controlling process flow can be quite cumbersome - particularly with the larger and more complex workflows as well as workflows that I'd like to loop in some way or re-use. The programmer in me has certainly been pining for this sort of feature.

Of course workflow being workflow there is a way to work around this limitation - at least to an extent which has improved workflow creation vastly for me.

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Sunday
Jun072015

Workflow Examples

The Workflow app is one of my favourite iOS apps.  As well as being incredibly innovative and useful in so many ways, it is also something I enjoy exploring and tinkering with.  In fact I've pitched in on Twitter several times to give people a hand figuring out how to do what they want in Workflow.

As a result I've started amassing a collection of example workflows.  I figured rather than letting them be lost to the Twitter-stream of yesterday I'd start providing links to them here on my web site.

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Saturday
May302015

TextExpander: Clipboard Snippets Using Javascript

Smile Software have just released a new update to their TextExpander product that brought a particularly interesting new feature. The option to run JavaScript based snippets. At first this may appear unremarkable given that the previous OS X snippets could take advantage of AppleScript, or shell script based options such as BASH, Perl and Python (to name just a few). The exciting thing to me however was that the JavaScript based snippets could also run on the iOS version; whereas AppleScript and shell script based snippets cannot.

As an initial foray into using JavaScript snippets on my iOS devices I decided I'd try recreating one of my existing snippet groups.

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