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Entries in iOS (16)

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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Sunday
Mar292015

TextExpander: Tab on iOS

Even with the advent of iOS8 and custom keyboards and customised keyboard lines in specific apps, one thing I still find myself wishing I could get on my iPhone and iPad keyboards is a tab key. Fortunately there is a nice easy way to work around this using one of my favourite iOS utilities - TextExpander Touch.

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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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