Track TV shows with the TV Journal for Workflow and Day One

The spinoff from the Movie Diary; the TV Journal tracks and logs your television shows. This is my most ambitious action for Workflow yet and I’ve been craving to share it with you. Last time I checked it used more than 300 action blocks — then I lost count. Countless bugs found over beta versions – as an action that pushes Workflow to its limit – delayed its release, but here it is, the TV Journal.

Quick App Store Links with Blink

I’ve always been a supporter for utilities built for iOS, once I even said we can’t have a “rich environment of interactions without such apps”. Blink is the newest addition to this collection and a great one if you’re constantly fiddling with App Store links.

Let's talk about piracy

It is ironic that the passion for cinema that prompted me to film school began with pirated movies. In my home town there’s a place called “camelódromo”, there’s no translation to the term and the only Wikipedia entry on the subject is in Portuguese. The article points out that the camelódromo is a place to concentrate hawkers that would otherwise be on street, blocking traffic in populated areas. In general, they sell illegal goods that come from the Paraguayan borders with Brazil.

Think of the structure of a camelódromo as a street fair, a long arcade and stands on both sides with counterfeit clothes, games, booze, movies, music, tax-free electronics. I worked there as a teenager until I moved to college and the customers I’ve seen and their demands conveyed the dynamics of piracy to me.

Schemes — URL Actions, Finally Simplified

Let me share a secret with you: url encoding sucks. Some actions I post rely on verbose urls, undecipherable code you just ignore and seek for the button to install the action and call it a day. If you ever tried, you know it is hard and inevitably down to trial and error, but those days are over. Schemes is an interface to build url actions with drag and drop, just throw apps in the canvas and link them in any order to build workflows from the simplest to the most complex imaginable.

Taming the Prompt on Drafts 4.1.1

This probably should have been 4.2…lots of good new bits.

Greg is spot on here, probably the features I’m the most excited about on the recently updated Drafts are the new prompt action step and the multiple Markdown processors. We’ll take a look into those now.

Aware of my Addiction with Tally 2.0.1

I’ve been a smoker for 7 years and day after day my need to quit grows. Need, not desire and breaking an habit unwillingly is hard, specially when it entangles your brain and runs through your veins. I tried to just quit on the spot and it created a monster unable to achieve any result on a regular day, after 72 hours without a cigarette I was behaving as you’d expect from a crack addict.

I’m ashamed, but I keep trying and being aware of how many cigarettes I smoke daily warns me I went too far. By the end of the day it is not just another smoke, it is the 18th cigarette and that’s alarming. I built a system around Tally to keep me in line, every time I light a cigarette, I pull the Today widget and add one to the counter, but there is still more to it.

iOS status bar cleaning one year later

Dr. Drang revisits his scripts to clean status bars from screenshots of iOS devices and shows the progress he made over the past year.

In the intervening 14 months, I’ve done a fair amount of improving, refactoring, and extending of the scripts, and I’ve kept my mouth shut about it. But since a year is a lifetime on the internet, I feel no guilt about breaking my vow of silence.

It is really difficult to do that on iOS, I can say that as I tried myself. Amazes me to see the evolution of the script — and the doctor’s dedication, but there’s a lot of ground to cover until a single solution to fit all possibilities exist. But there’s hope, perhaps even from Apple as while recording your iOS devices with QuickTime on the Mac, it cleans the status bar for you.