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Entries in iPad (24)

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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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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Sunday
Jul212013

Pythonista - Remote Command Execution

Pythonista is a Python based IDE for iOS and has formed the basis for finally getting around to teaching myself Python. I'm still in the earliest stages of getting to grips with Python but I thought I'd share one of my most useful scripts thus far. One to execute a remote command on a server using SSH.

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Saturday
Jan282012

Clearly I need a new mobile web browser

I use my iPhone for keeping up to date on a number of social media platforms. It's how I consume news and what's going on in my areas of interest. I've pretty much abandoned RSS feeds these days for the curated content of Twitter, and I now would find it had to operate as effectively without my nice ordered Twitter lists. The problem is the information I often require is in linked to articles and posts. This involves my Twitter client either using it's internal browser or spawning out into mobile Safari. Not too bad in the main, but some sites are poorly formatted for mobile browsing. Either I get a desktop experience crammed onto a tiny screen or a poorly styled (usually some odd Wordpress theme) mobile page that doesn't actually let me scroll the whole article onto the screen. Clearly what's needed is a better mobile web browser...

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Monday
Aug082011

A Quick Tip for Researching iOS Apps

A couple of weeks ago I was involved in researching some iOS applications for a potential business need to connect iPads and iPhones to some internal systems. Some third party apps existed that would allow the access, but as part of the comparison price was a consideration … only for every search I did on Google I got the US app store (and I'm not in the US).

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Sunday
Nov282010

Rich Text Entry for Evernote on iOS

So for some time now Evernote users have been clamouring for a way to work with rich text (e.g. bold, italics, fonts) on their iOS device (iPhone/iPod/iPad).  The issue has been that iOS at a base level does not functionally support rich text editing.  To implement this sort of function would require the Evernote iOS developers to develop an entirely new text editing interface and given the complexity/flexibility of the note format this could be quite challenging (and there are lots of other pulls on their time for develpments such as access to shared notebooks in the client (... which they did say would be this year and there's only a month left).

So is there any way to work around this.  Well the answer is now yes....

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Wednesday
Sep222010

Direct to Evernote Bookmarklet 2.0

For ten or so months now I've been clipping web pages from Safari on my iOS devices into Evernote using a one touch bookmarklet. Whilst Evernote's own bookmarklet works for this activity, you have to enter some details for the note, maybe even login. For me this was just too much to be concerned with when I'm browsing on the move. My solution simply pushed the whole page into my default Evernote notebook for dealing with later.

I find it indispensable, but it frequently includes lots of extraneous information like ads that take up some of my monthly data allocation, take longer to synchronise and just generally foul up the flow of the note. This means I usually end up doing a bit more tidying than I'd like later on.

Over time I grew more dissatisfied with the solution until I finally created a new bookmarklet - Direct to Evernote Bookmarklet 2.0.

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