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macOS Mojave: the Automation Angle →

John Voorhees writing for MacStories:

My hope with Quick Actions is that they are the first step in a ground-up re-imagining of automation on the Mac where Quick Actions become the equivalent of shortcuts on iOS and Automator is replaced by something closer to the Shortcuts app on iOS. Automator has served Mac users well for years, but it doesn’t take long using Automator before you need to resort to scripting inside Automator workflows to get things done. Shortcuts supports scripting too, but I’ve found I can create far more complex automations on iOS without resorting to scripts, which makes it accessible to more people.

Dark Mode is the new feature in macOS Mojave getting all the attention, but I’m most interested in Quick Actions. I agree that seeing a tool like Shortcuts on the Mac would be nice, but the ability to run AppleScript in Automator brings all sorts of possibilities to Quick Actions. For example, I’m no scripter, but I regularly use a very basic AppleScript to launch Keyboard Maestro macros from Automator. Once I upgrade to Mojave, I’ll be seeing if I can get some of my Keyboard Maestro macros working through Quick Actions.1


  1. I need to hold off on updating, since I rely on Mail Act-On, which won’t be ready for Mojave (as part of a new Mail app suite) until October.


My Mac Feels Delightful Again

The term “delight” is often used to describe the feeling some users get when using iOS, whether that feeling is from the touch user interface, the apps, or something else. I often get that feeling when using iOS, too. While I prefer using the Mac for a variety of reasons, the feelings of delight on the Mac were less frequent for me – until recently. Changing up one of my main tools has brought that feeling back in spades. For you, it might be a different tool entirely.

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MacTrack Legal Registration is Open!


We’ve all been there – you finish a legal conference with a feeling of euphoria. You’re invigorated, full of tips and ideas to implement in your practice, and are excited about all the friends you’ve made who are “your kind” of people.

Wait a sec – you haven’t experienced a conference like that yet? That means you haven’t attended MacTrack Legal, an annual legal technology conference held at Disney’s Yacht & Beach Club at Walt Disney World in Orlando, FL. The conference is geared toward lawyers who use Apple devices. This year the conference will have a special focus on iOS.

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Apple discontinues its own photo printing service, recommends third-party Photos Projects apps instead →

Benjamin Mayo writing for 9to5Mac:

Apple is discontinuing its Photo Print Products service, which has been integrated into iPhoto since its launch in 2002. The service expanded from simple prints, to albums, photo books, and calendars.

Maybe I’m a dinosaur, but I used this service every year to make a Mother’s Day calendar for my wife and our daughter’s grandmothers. The story does mention some third-party apps that include Photos Projects extensions, so this isn’t a complete loss. Still, I’m sad to see it go. I hope the third-party solutions are as elegant as the Apple solution.


Add a Folder to the Sidebar in DEVONthink for Easy Access →

Jim Neumann, for the DEVONtechnologies blog:

Drag this folder to the Favorites section of DEVONthink’s sidebar. This will give you quick access to the group.

The post at the link talks about how to use DEVONthink as a “read it later” service, but that’s not what caught my eye. I had no idea you could add folders to the Favorites section of the sidebar. You can do it by either dragging a folder onto the word “Favorites” in the sidebar (I couldn’t drag it directly to the spot I wanted among my favorites – it went to the bottom automatically), or by right-clicking on a folder/group, and choosing “Add to Favorites.” I still learn something new about DEVONthink almost every week, and I’ve been using the program for several years now.