Mac Power Users 136: iOS Automation

David and Katie talk about their favorite apps and tools for automating tasks on iOS

Links for this episode:

TextExpander Touch

TextExpander Touch Video

TextExpander touch SDK

URL Scheme Basics – iPhone Development 101

ScreenCastsOnline – SCOI0097 1Password & URL Schemes

5by5 | Mac Power Users #48: GoodReader

GoodReader is the iOS App that adds a file management system, open virtually any type of file and read and annotate PDF documents. David and Katie share how they use this app in their workflows and how it adds functionality to iOS devices. Links of Interest: GoodReader for iPad GoodReader for iPhone Good.iware  

Drafts – Agile Tortoise

Drafts is a different kind of note taking app. In Drafts, text comes first – open the app and get a new, blank draft. Don’t get bogged down in a timeline to tweet or post to Facebook and App.net. Don’t tap through multiple screens to compose an email or SMS. Don’t navigate folders, create files and name them just to jot down a note or create a todo. Drafts is available for both iPhone and iPad.

Agile Tortoise – Greg Pierce's Apps

Launch Center Pro – App Cubby

It’s like speed dial, but for more than just phone calls! Launch Center Pro creates lightning quick shortcuts to specific features buried deep within apps.

ScreenCastsOnline – SCOI0066 Launch Center Pro

Launch Center • Supported Apps and Actions

MacStories: How Pythonista Changed My Workflow

A couple of months ago, I decided to start learning Python.

Serioustiger: Alfred 2 and bookmakers

The most useful workflows I’ve created so far combine Alfred’s ability to load a URL from a hotkey, with 1Password’s 1Click Bookmark functionality. Very easy to set up, it goes like this:

History of "Workflow" — MacSparky

In MPU 133 (about Alfred 2), I speculated about this word “workflow” and how we now here it everywhere. The first time I heard the word was in relation to professional photographers but it turns out I was way off. Listener Mark, a confessed word geek, dug deeper and shows it in the Oxford English Dictionary in 1950:

The OmniFocus Mail Drop — MacSparky

Publishing a Tutorial With Clarify — KatieFloyd.me

I’ve received a few tweets and questions about Clarify since I published my AirPlay mirroring Tutorial a few weeks ago and since Clarify was featured in a recent MacHeist bundle. (Full disclosure, they’re also a new sponsor on the Mac Power Users podcast.) As you can see from my AirPlay post, it was really simple to integrate my tutorial into my SquareSpace site and have the tutorial appear as though it was integrated into my post. Clarify offers several publishing options, including publishing to their site, publishing a PDF or embedding the HTML in your site. Here’s how it’s done.

Pythonista – omz:software

Pythonista brings the Zen of Python™ to your iPad or iPhone.Create interactive experiments and prototypes using multi-touch, animations, and sound – or just use the interactive prompt as a powerful calculator.

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