While some people have loved the latest editions of MacBook Pro keyboards, others have not. I fall on the side of not liking them at all, which left me with a choice to make with my aging 13” MacBook Air. Do I keep using it or look for alternatives?
After trying Linux and other machines, I turned to my 9.7” iPad Pro wondering if I could do all my work from an iPad. I already had my writing, audio editing, and video workflows nailed down with the iPad, but there was a gap for my web development work.
After some research, I was happy to find that it’s quite possible to do all my web development work on an iPad in almost the exact same way I worked on my MacBook Air. Not only did this give me a much less expensive computer with which I could replace my MacBook Air, it also gave me a much more portable and focused work environment.
Here is how I do web development on my iPad Pro.
Before I thought it wasn’t possible to do this kind of stuff on an iPad, but I’m glad I was wrong.
Honestly, this is impressive. Bravo Curtis.
Episode 20 of Getting Caught Up is finally here after some time away. I am really excited for this one! Mike and I talk about our feelings and criticisms of the book The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson. It has its high points and its low points, so give this a listen if you have also read this book or just want to know our feelings on it to decide if you should buy this book or not.
I don’t want to bury the lead so understand that this whole post is all about outsourcing my self-control. it is the next logical step in my evolution towards easy productivity, one influenced by my desire to remove as many decisions from my life as possible.
This method of self-management started many years ago when I decided I choosing clothes to wear every day was more taxing than I really wanted to deal with. And Steve Jobs entere(img)d my life with his sartorial minimalism and the the iPhone in 2007, both of which were revelatory for me.
Fewer decisions means more willpower available at any given time. More willpower means more focus. More focus means more useful work.
This post I found on reddit really solidified my feelings on making my phone less distracting. I’m also a fan of the style this person uses.
Also, I plan to go more in depth once everything is set but here’s what I came up with after reading this article.
David Sparks has come out with an extensive Omnifocus Field guide in preparation for the new Omnifocus 3 release for macOS coming today. Here’s a trailer!
David Sparks has been one of those people I buy pretty much anything he comes out with because his courses and field guides are incomparable, and this Field Guide takes the cake.
I remember watching his first Field Guide for Omnifocus several years back and having my mind blown with what you can do with Omnifocus. With this new and improved Omnifocus, Sparks has spared no attention to detail in showing you what Omnifocus 3 is, how you can use it, and where you can go after you get the fundamentals. He’s been working on this thing since March, and it shows with over 5 hours of content bundled in this!
Right now you can get the course for $24 but come October that price goes up to $29. So if you have wanted to learn Omnifocus, look no further than this Field Guide to help you kickstart your life into something more organized.
When Siri Shortcuts came out I was extactic to get my hands on it and see what it can do, but I ran into a problem that I think needs to be addressed by Apple and the Siri Shortcuts team. The problem is that some applications that have since moved on to a new version are not working properly in Siri Shortcuts.
For example, I had a Ulysses Workflow that was imported into Siri Shortcuts after updating the app but when I opened it up I saw this:
I thought it was odd seeing this as I had the latest version of Ulysses installed on my device. After some troubleshooting and testing I have found a temporary solution.
For Ulysses, and possibly other apps, you need to install the older version of the application—in this case Ulysses Classic—and once you do that the error of the application not being installed will go away. In fact when you run the Shortcut it opens the new version of Ulysses, not the older version.
From there you have both the current version of Ulysses and Ulysses Classic installed, which is not ideal. I found that you can actually uninstall Ulysses Classic once you run a Shortcut with Ulysses in it. Once you have tested a shortcut after installing the older version, you can then uninstall the older version and see if adding actions for that application still works. For Ulysses it worked fine for me, but not so much for Tweetbot.
Tweetbot has gone through 4 version of the application and each new version has their own application, which was done to allow the developers over at Tapbots to continue to gain revenue as they add more and more features and support to their app. The problem with this when it comes to Siri Shortcuts is that for some reason the version it is trying to use is Tweetbot 3, not Tweetbot 4, the latest version of the application.
So, I did some testing and found out that installing Tweetbot 3 made the shortcut work and it indeed did open Tweetbot 4 instead of 3 when running the action. However, when I tried it uninstall version 3 the shortcuts I built and new ones I tried to build all came back with the error of the application not being installed.
In this case the solution isn’t a simple install and uninstall of the older version of the app. Instead you need to keep the older version of the application to allow the shortcut to work properly. My suggestion is just put it in the back of a folder on your home screen so it isn’t taking up precious real estate on your screen built still allows you to run shortcuts for Tweetbot.
Why I Think This is Happening
The reasoning for this error saying the application is not installed, I think, has to do with Siri Shortcuts requiring a specific app be installed, in this case older versions of the app when Workflow was in its heyday.
Now, as far as why it is opening the newer version of the apps when both are installed, I think, has to do with the newer version having the same x-callback-url and those newer version of the app taking priority whenever those urls are opened.
So, if you see this problem with certain apps and you know that you have the older versions in your purchase history try and install it and see if that fixes your problem.
As for a permanent fix, I think Apple is aware of this problem as they have seemed to be working with some of the developers on this and are making server-some changes to the application to prevent this issue going forward.