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What's New in Shortcuts - Issue #37

Matthew Cassinelli
Matthew Cassinelli
Welcome to Issue 37 of “What’s New in Shortcuts”!
This week we saw the second Public Beta of iOS, iPadOS, and macOS — which meant an awesome new Shortcuts action called Find Tabs for Safari, plus more for Mail and Reminders too.
I streamed for over an hour as I played around with the new actions, so make sure to jump through the chapters and see what we built off the chat’s ideas.
I also published a few strong opinions on iMore, Rosemary released her second edition of Take Control of Shortcuts, and I learned about a new Easter egg in the Shortcuts app…

🆕 New from the blog
On Wednesday, I published my latest opinion column for iMore that talks about how new users need a more powerful onboarding experience to really get into the app.
John Voorhees agreed on MacStories as well, saying this:
Shortcuts has made a lot of progress over the past few years, especially when it comes to meeting experienced users’ needs. Now would be a good time to focus on bringing new users into the fold.
Apple isn't doing enough for new Shortcuts users — here's how they can fix it
On Thursday, I did my first beta stream that works with the new Find Tab actions in Safari — I’m super excited to finally be able to work with all my tabs in Shortcuts.
We covered a lot of the basics (and what doesn’t work in the current beta), and I’ll be streaming again to work out some deeper ideas soon — but check out the chapters in the stream & save it before it moves to members-only after this week:
Shortcuts Live: Working with Safari Tabs in iOS 16 Public Beta 2
I also followed up the stream with my Saturday Shortcuts piece covering the new actions in Safari, Mail, and Reminders — I’ve also updated my iOS 16 actions post with the new actions too:
Shortcuts gains powerful Find Tabs action for Safari, more in second public beta
On Friday, I admittedly got frustrated and wrote it out, because I’m basically constantly concerned when I livestream that Shortcuts is going to expose my personal data. I know this problem affects multiple other Shortcuts creators too, so I hope Apple makes these specific changes:
Shortcuts shows too much personal information and that needs to change
📰 Links of the week
On Friday, Rosemary Orchard released the 2nd edition of “Take Control of Shortcuts,” her guide to everything Shortcuts that now includes Shortcuts for Mac along with the iOS 15 updates — and as I mentioned on the link on my blog, it’ll be updated for iOS 16 too.
Rose is amazing and you should definitely buy her book:
Take Control of Shortcuts – Take Control Books
The folks at Routine Hub, the shortcuts-sharing website, has been publishing some great blog posts with shortcuts shared on their platform — I need to dig deeper into the Discord ones myself:
4 Apple Shortcuts for Photos that are Really Useful
Top Apple Shortcuts For Discord power users
🐦 Tweets of the week
My friend Brian Hamilton posted the funny shortcut below that plays off this Twitter meme for spotting titular characters in your favorite media:
brian hamilton
[whispering to date while watching The Godfather when The Godfather first appears on the screen] That's The Godfather
Dan Seifert, Deputy Editor at The Verge, shared a series of tweets this week about his Shortcuts setup — I’ve seen him tweeting about Shortcuts from time-to-time and these are all good points:
dan 'thoughtful grunge' seifert
looks like the latest dev betas busted my app automation shortcuts (i.e. “open kindle -> turn on DND”)
dan 'thoughtful grunge' seifert
today’s extremely nerdy irritation: i can’t have an iOS Shortcut that’s triggered by an incoming email run automatically on my iPhone
dan 'thoughtful grunge' seifert
follow on: i can’t automate Shortcuts on my Mac at all. seems like an oversight!
Ambas shared this pomodoro setup for macOS 13 — this kind of thing will be great for the Menu Bar when Ventura comes out:
Since the Shortcut app in the new macOS 13 supports timer,

It makes some shortcuts like Pomodoro very intuative.
- Select how many Pomodoro
- Enable custom Focus scene
- Timer for 25 min
- Log the task to calendar after finishing 25min
- Timer 5 min for relax
- Repeat...
I saw this great exchange from two users who’ve replaced many of their Alexa devices with Shortcuts that work directly with their apps — I’ve seen the opposite of this as a route for non-HomeKit devices to work with Siri, but it makes sense that this would work with most Alexa/Google Assistant devices too.
Maybe I need to do some more exploring there…
I have managed to kinda port some of my Alexa devices to the Shortcuts app so that everything smart I realistically need to control is in a central area. I mean, its no HomeKit, but its close enough for me… and cheaper
@CtrliPhones I “ported” my smart lights to the Shortcuts app by making a shortcut that would look at the contents of two folders. If a file is in Folder 1 it means the lights are on, so the shortcut turns them off and the file is moved to Folder 2, and vice versa if the file is in Folder 2.
That’s all for this week!
Next week will be an in-between week for betas, so there’ll likely be no Apple news about Shortcuts — but that means it’s just time for the rest of us to build and share our ideas.
I’m looking forward to what’s in store for August… see you next Sunday!
And before we leave, check out this little Easter egg that I hadn’t noticed in Shortcuts…
Interesting date suggested when choose Specified Date on Apple Shortcuts.

#Apple #Shortcuts #iPhone2G #FirstiPhone #AppleiPhone
Here’s a link to the last issue:
What's New in Shortcuts - Issue #36
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