Workflow 1.5: App Store Automation, Trello and Ulysses Actions, Audio Metadata, Safari View Controller, and More

Federico wrote a complete review of Workflow's newest version, filled with workflows to download:

Unsurprisingly for the Workflow team, this release adds over 20 new actions and dozens of improvements. Some of them are new app actions based on URL schemes, while others introduce brand new system integrations (such as iTunes Store, App Store, and Safari View Controller) and web actions for the popular Trello team collaboration service.

On the official blog announcement, a lot of praise for the new Workflow Composer., a huge improvement in performance:

We rebuilt the Workflow Composer from the ground up using ComponentKit for dramatically improved performance and reliability. Now your workflows open instantly no matter how long they are. More importantly, these efficiency gains mean your workflows run considerably faster than ever before!

As someone who built outrageously long workflows, I've spotted all sorts of bugs while I stacked actions and these all vanished now. This is the update I've been waiting for and I couldn't praise it enough.

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Playing with Templates in Drafts

Each case of automation is unique to the individual and how you organize your life, and the objects around it, is a personal subject. When it comes down how we treat our text files, I doubt that freeform writing covers all the reports, posts, journal entries or most of the notes you jot down.

This post will show a simple way to create dynamic structures in Drafts that you can use whenever you have a specific use for a text model.

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Mending Apple Music Recommendations

I'm a huge fan of Apple Music and the feature I like the most is the music recommendations. Every day I listen to 2 or 3 playlists suggested in the "For You" session and they're always spot on. It was much to my surprise that I found out this appreciation was not universal in a post by David Sparks. I started investigating what matters for good Apple Music recommendations and, maybe, I can help you improve your playlists.

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Drafts Screencast Series with David Sparks

Greg Pierce has been doing an exemplary job ushering users into Drafts and this screencast series is proof of his commitment.

Created by David Sparks (aka MacSparky), these screencasts will help new and existing users get more out of the Drafts – with introductions to many of Drafts features, how to customize the app, and how to setup and use Drafts actions to integrate with a variety of services and apps.

The first 2 episodes are up, a nice overview and an introduction to Drafts' Dropbox integration. Here's the former:

You can – and should – subscribe to receive the next videos on Youtube, Vimeo or Agile Tortoise's blog. If you don't own Drafts yet, it is 30% off until May 2.

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Managing Reminders in Family

We're probably alike in that we are surrounded by people who aren't as tech savvy as we are and sometimes we want to solve a mutual issue with a solution from our geeky world that may prove itself challenging to implement. Here at home we're not adept calendar users, yet we were staggering to share errands and reminders, so I came up with a set of easy-to-setup implementations that helped us keep tasks in check and may help you sync with your family.

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How to access Google Drive files faster with Launch Center Pro

Allyson Kazmucha sets up her Launch Center Pro to skip Google Drive and go straight to the files she needs:

How I do this is simple enough. I’ve just created a folder inside of Launch Center Pro for all my Google Drive files that I access often. Inside of that I’ve then put direct links to the files I want to access.

Doing it this way allows Google to route me to the correct app the first time, instead of having to be routed through Drive, not to mention I no longer have to remember where files are inside Google Drive.

A lot of people use Google Drive apps to collaborate with multiple users and having shortcuts shave those burdensome seconds looking for the right spreadsheet. That's the beauty of Launch Center Pro, after a while your thumb is just moving towards the right place.

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Updating My Website With Git and iOS

Jordan Merrick with another enticing testimonial on what we can achieve with iOS. This time he explores how he manages his blog design and uploads new posts with Git through Working Copy. Jordan goes step-by-step on how he integrates his source code with his articles and links to some nice resources if you host on Digital Ocean, as I do.

I'm a Git and version control enthusiast, yet I don't play ball with its interfaces – Even Github – and would take the command-line over them any day.

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A Better Setup for the Movie Diary

When I released the new Movie Diary I knew adoption would be a challenge due to the setup, if you're here from the start, you probably saw a the video guide (and when I do a video, you know it's trouble) and followed every arduous step. You're brave, but you couldn't suggest the script to your friends because, well, they're not as brave as you. Perhaps you should give your friends another chance now.

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