I’m seeing a bunch of people saying Shortcuts are a power user-only feature. “No normal person will ever use these!” In their WWDC keynote, I think Apple leaned too hard into what Shortcuts can do for power users, and people lost the message that these are something users will benefit from even if they do zero work to set them up. Let me explain.
This is the best and most understandable overview of the Shortcuts feature coming in iOS 12, and explains how even “regular” users can utilize them. The article is worth a full read. If you aren’t someone who gets excited about the news coming out of Apple’s World Wide Developer Conference, you may not have heard about Shortcuts, an upcoming automation tool/framework/feature in iOS 12. Birchler also has a podcast on the topic that is next up in my feed.
Stationery Pad is a handy way to nix a step in your workflow if you regularly use document templates on your Mac. The long-standing Finder feature essentially tells a file’s parent application to open a copy of it by default, ensuring that the original file remains unedited.
Follow the link for a way to set any file on your Mac to be a template file, so you don’t overwrite it. I don’t feel bad for not knowing about this trick, since I’ve never heard it discussed, and since the name doesn’t really describe what it does. On the other hand, I feel stupid for never wondering what that checkbox does. This will be very handy for automation tools like Keyboard Maestro.
Sychronization via iCloud was the no. 1 feature request on our list. And here we go: DEVONthink 2.10 and DEVONthink To Go 2.6 let you keep your databases in sync via iCloud and without entering anything except for the optional encryption password. No messing around with sync store names, server addresses, or login credentials. Add the iCloud sync location, check off the databases you want to sync, done. It can’t be any easier.
This is the feature in this update that will get most people excited, assuming they have enough iCloud space. But some of the other features, such as improvements to syncing on both platforms, are just as important. There’s a pretty good list here, so check out the full post.
Apple Pay is faster and more secure than paying with a credit card. It’s also convenient, especially with an Apple Watch. The problem, at least where I live, is it still isn’t accepted everywhere.
One way to find out where Apple Pay is accepted is to use Apple Maps. You can search for a specific business or perform a general geographic search.
Search for a business
To find out if a business takes Apple Pay, simply search for the business in Apple Maps. Once you’ve selected the business, scroll down in the item listing, and look for the Apple Pay logo.
Search near you
To do a general search of which nearby businesses accept Apple Pay, type “Apple Pay” in the Maps search box. I found this showed me several nearby businesses, but it did omit some places I know accept Apple Pay.
Let’s hope Apple Pay and other contactless payment methods are someday accepted almost everywhere, but for now you can do a bit of work to figure out where to use it.