How I produce Fans Without Borders

A few episodes ago, on my podcast Fans Without Borders I moved a significant part of my production to my iPad Pro and the app Ferrite Recording Studio, a professional podcast app. There was a bit of a learning curve, but overall it's allowed me to achieve the same level of quality while at the same time speeding up my workflow. However, it did create a couple of challengers that I needed to resolve first.

Share Groups of Workflows at Once

Recently on reddit I came across and interesting Workflow (thread) from u/schl3ck. Schl3ck was sharing, what to my eys, is a pretty complicated series of workflows regarding various math functions. What caught my eye was the delivery method, where he provided one workflow, which, when ran would import the others. It imported these in a similar method that my Backup/Restore does, using a combination of Base64 Encoded data and the workflow URL scheme.

What blew my mind was the concept of packaging a group of workflows together as a way to easily share them. I looked at Schl3ck's workflow, as well as my own and came up with a couple that I think Are pretty useful.

Open Webpages in iCab Mobile with Workflow

Lately I have been frustrated by a couple web pages that I go to on a regular basis, that refuse to show me Desktop versions on my iPhone or iPad. This would happen in Safari or Google Chrome. I finally looked at other websites and settled on iCab Mobile, which I can set to always present my device as a desktop, and so far from my tests it's been working for me.

Counting Actions with Workflow and TextTool

Something I have been interested in Workflow is find out how many actions are actually included in a paticular workflow. The only way I knew how to find out was to either search in Spotlight for it, or call a list of your workflows, from within a workflow, followed by a choose from list action. This works but I wanted to know if there was a way to get it for all of them. I asked on twitter about it and @nahumck was nice enough to provide an answer for me. So I have to give full credit to him and I would encourage you to check out his fantastic website. The workflow he provided lets you pick an individual workflow to get the result. You can get it here.

The Future of Workflow – MacStories

Federico Viticci for www.macstories.net

With Workflow, Apple could lead us into a second generation of iOS productivity apps by turning automation and inter-app communication into an extensible, integrated platform.

I've been waiting for this article since news of Apple buying Workflow broke.

Brief Thoughts on Spider-Man: Homecoming

Brief Thoughts on Spider-Man: Homecoming

With how much I obsess over the DCCW, this might be a little bit of a surprise but Spider-Man is my favorite comics character. I absolutely loved the Tobey Maguire movies (well, the first two) and I adored the first Andrew Garfield movie, but felt less positive about the sequel. All of that said, there were aspects that just never felt right.

Mostly Spoiler Free Thoughts on Power Rangers

Here's the thing about Power Rangers. If you go into it expecting some super deep thinker you are going to be disappointed. But if you go into it expecting a popcorn movie and a modern take on a 20 year old franchise then you're in for a good time. If you were a fan of the original Might Morphing Power Rangers then there is plenty here that you're going to like.

Mixed Feelings About Apple Acquiring Workflow

The iOS automation community was rocked by the news yesterday that Apple has acquired Workflow. I will openly admit my first thoughts were "oh crap." Apple has a history of purchasing an app and then we often don't see much from it after that, or at least not for a long time. For example, Siri used to be a separate app but is now built into the operating system directly. However, for at least a few months, after they acquired Siri, the app was pulled from the app store leaving people lacking for a service they were enjoying. I can't speak to what Siri was like prior to Apple taking ownership, but I think we can all agree it's advanced relatively slowly since it's debut on the iPhone 4s.

The Case For and Against Apple's Purchase of Workflow — MacSparky

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I once made a joke on Mac Power Users that the only reason Workflow got approved was because someone must have naked pictures of somebody important at Apple. The application seemed just so contrary to Apple's general position of iOS simplicity. (Not that I'm complaining.) Over the years, the Workflow team has continued to innovate with this application, adding new features often and allowing us to automate work on the iPad and iPhone that we only dreamed about just a few years ago.

This post sums up my thoughts on the Workflow purchase pretty well.

Using Drafts and Workflow to Help Me Speak

Annoyingly I've had a bad cough lately. I woke up this morning unable to talk. Now this time as bad as it would normally be but I happen to have the week off and today was already planned on me being solo for the most part. And typically anyone I communicate with would be via texting anyway.

And if I want I can certainly write or type something quickly to show someone if I need to get across more detail.

However this doesn't help with my four year old who can't read for the most part yet beyond some sight words.