Posts with the Automators tag

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Automators 45: LaunchCuts, Feedback, and More!

In this week's episode of Automators, David and I dove into our pile of feedback. As well as looking at Launchcuts, we also looked a how you can file feedback when things are broken on iOS (as some actions break in Shortcuts from time to time!), and reviewed our Streamdeck setup and more.

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Automators 43: Capture and Review

In this episode of Autmators, David and I took a headlong plunge into automating our capture and review processes. As we mentioned on the show, automated capture is a double-edged sword - capturing too much can lead to overwhelm, but I also find automated capture to be a problem solver as then I don't have to do the actual capturing myself, something that could be dangerous!

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Automators 41: Automated Health Tracking

In this week's episode of Automators, David and I dove into health tracking. As it's the start of the year I've been trying to figure out what my health goals are - but I couldn't let them get away from me without a little automation!

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Automators 39: Automating iBeacons

On this week's episode of Automators, David and I dove into the wonderful world of iBeacons! We explored our uses for these handy location triggers including taking them on the road with us. As well as this, we looked at which iBeacons really work for us, and what apps give you the most benefit.

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Automators 38: Simon Leeb and Pushcut

On this week's episode of Automators we got to tallk to Simon Leeb, creator of Pushcut. As well as diving into the origins of Pushcut, we also explored Simon's home automation setup before wandering into the wonderful world of iBeacons!

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Automators 37: Mac Maintenance & Management Magic

In episode 37 of Automators David and I got our enchanted brooms ready and went to town on maintaining and managing your Mac. We did our best to get out all the cobwebs and find a way to automate all of this, while there may not be a robot vacuum for your Mac, there are plenty of tools you can use to make the magic happen automatically - good whether it’s your system or one you end up managing because the owner relies on you to do it!

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Automators 35: Automating Business with Don McAllister

In the latest episode of Automators David and I got a chance to talk to Don McAllister about the systems and processes he has built over the years to automate ScreenCastsOnline. As a recent addition to their team, it was a fun look behind that side of the curtain, and I hope the system and processes Don has in place will inspire you!

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Automators 34: Getting Cozy with Regular Expressions

When David first talked about doing a show on Regular Expressions I confess I was a little nervous, how do you explain something so text based in audio? Well, it turns out that with a lot of determination and research you can - and hopefully you won't confuse everyone on the way!

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Automators 33: Packing List Extravaganza in Drafts

It's no secret that I love to travel - and I also love to be organized! Making a packing list is great fun, until you forget something so in this episode of Automators David and I decided to find as many ways as we could to solve the problem of creating a packing list. Naturally our techniques overlapped in a few places, but we still came up with a variety of solutions - which you can use to solve other problems too.

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Automators 29: The Dark Dungeon with Adam Tow

In episode 29 of Automators we got to talk to Adam Tow - creator of awesome automations. I met Adam at the Automators WWDC meet up this year and he demoed some of his wonderful shortcuts for me. I've seen them before and even tried them out, but once I saw Adam demoing them David and I knew we had to get him on the show to share how this all works!

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Automators 24: Automating with AirTable

In the latest episode of Automators David and I went crazy over AirTable - we use it to plan Automators which makes our life so much easier, that combined with the automations you can attach to this meant it was the perfect topic for an episode of Automators!

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Pushcut: Smart Notifications Kick Off Your Shortcuts

As I've talked about on Automators before, I have used Zapier to send notifications to my iPhone which trigger Shortcuts - this means that I can have a series of automated actions happen and follow it up with something I need to manually do. I've been using PushBullet and Pushover to do this - I've tried both and they're both good, but they're designed for notifications and the URLs triggering automations is not something it was designed to do. Additionally PushBullet still hasn't been updated for the iPhone X(s) screen format. Pushover has been updated more recently, but it still doesn't quite match up with what Pushcut can do as a dedicated app.

Event: Automators Meet Up at WWDC

As well as a meet up before WWDC in Orange County, David and I are hosting a meetup at WWDC - Tuesday lunchtime to be specific! We don't have the precise location nailed down yet (we'd like to meet outside) so make sure to keep an eye out for updates on this event! As well as David and myself, Alex Cox and Matthew Cassinelli of Supercomputer, and Simon Støvring developer of Scriptable will be there! If you're around we'd love to meet you and say hello.

Event: Automators Meet Up Orange County

David and I are hosting a meet up in Orange County, California before we head up to WWDC - the exact date, time, and location are yet to be determined, but it will be on either Friday May 31st, or Saturday June 1st. We hope to see many people there!

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Automators 18: Terminal Automation with John Siracusa

On episode 18 of Automators David and I interviewed John Siracusa, web developer, Perl fan, and former reviewer of Mac OS X (as it was then) for Ars Technica. John was a wonderful guest on the show - we talked about what automation he does, and doesn't do - as well as the how and the why! Like many of our listeners John is very much a Mac first user - I hope you enjoy the show!

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Automators 16: Myke Hurley

In episode 16 of Automators we got to interview Myke Hurley, co-founder of Relay FM! Myke told us about how he uses automation - check out the episode to learn more!

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Automators 14: Automated Journalling

Episode 14 of Automators is all about journalling - when David suggested the topic for this episode I jumped on it. I subscribed to Day One last year and have been trying to improve my usage of it, this episode forced me to go figure out some automations to make it easier - thankfully since recording I've been journalling more consistently than ever!

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Automators 10: Zapier

Episode 10 of Automators is all about Zapier. David and I both recently dove into Zapier plans and thought it would be a great topic for an episode - after all, we use it to automate Automators!

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Automators 9: Scriptable with Simon B. Støvring

Episode 9 of Automators is all about Scriptable, a great app released for iOS 12 which allows you to control your device with JavaScript. We were fortunate enough to have the developer of Scriptable, Simon B. Støvring come on the podcast to tell us about the app and some of the things it can do.

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Automators 8: Automated Document Filing

Episode 8 of automators is all about filing documents automatically. We we said in the episode, one of the keys to success is good naming and structure - and I made a screencast which shows you how you can use Keyboard Maestro to rename files in a specific format that we need for our project slides at work - with incrementing numbers in the middle of the document name.

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Automators 2: Email Automation

Episode 2 of Automators is all about automating email. We all have email, and there are a lot of things you can do to automate it - from filters, to mail merges, and complete automation of sending emails.

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Automators 1: Automating Calendar Events

This week's episodes of The Automators is focused on calendar event creation. There are many ways you can automatically create calendar events, and it's useful to be able to do so, to avoid losing information. You can also use calendar events as a trigger to do something - which we cover towards the end. Below there are details of all the automations we cover, including 4 (really, four!) screencasts.

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Automators 1: Automating Calendar Events

This week's episodes of The Automators is focused on calendar event creation. There are many ways you can automatically create calendar events, and it's useful to be able to do so, to avoid losing information. You can also use calendar events as a trigger to do something - which we cover towards the end. Below there are details of all the automations we cover, including 4 (really, four!) screencasts.