Mac Power Users 647: Workflows with Zac Hall

9to5 Mac editor Zac Hall joins Stephen and me on Mac Power Users this week with thoughts on life without the iPad, writing workflows, the current Apple betas, and future Macs.

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Automators 105: Podcast Automation and Focus Modes with Scotty Jackson

In this episode of Automators, Rosemary and I are joined once more by Scotty Jackson. We take a look at home automation related to Focus Modes, and whether or not you can automate a podcast.

This episode of Automators is sponsored by:

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SummerFest 2022: The Festival Of Artisanal Software (Sponsor)

My thanks to SummerFest for sponsoring MacSparky this week. SummerFest 2022 is a terrific collection of some of my favorite and very useful Mac software. During SummerFest, they’re offering a super summer discount off some spectacular research and writing apps. Some of my favorites you can try for yourself at 25% include:

  • DEVONthink 3 – one of the most powerful research / artificial intelligence / do-anything-with-your-files apps
  • HoudahSpot – faster than Finder and better than Spotlight
  • Scrivener – so good for research-intensive writing

SummerFest doesn’t actually last all summer, so be sure to check out these and other apps at the SummerFest 2022 website before this sale ends.

This Month in The MacSparky Labs

I am enjoying The MacSparky Labs so much. I’ve traded all the time I used to spend being a lawyer to generate additional content, and let me tell you, this is a lot more fun than that. Below is a list of the content in the Labs from June. I’d love for you to join me.

  • 2022-06-30 – Deep Dive on Mid-Year Planning (Level 3)
  • 2022-06-29 – Text Capture via Shortcut (Levels 1-3)
  • 2022-06-28 – Rethinking Email, Part 1 (Levels 2-3)
  • 2022-06-27 – Mid-Year Reflection Planning and Review Podcast (Levels 1-3)
  • 2022-06-26 – Video previews for Early Access Subscribers (Level 3)
  • 2022-06-26 – Mid-Year Planning and Reflection Session Details (Level 3)
  • 2022-06-24 – The Lab Report (Levels 1-3)
  • 2022-06-23 – Triggering a Focus Mode via Calendar Event (Level 3)
  • 2022-06-22 – iPad Status Board, Part 2 (Levels 1-3)
  • 2022-06-21 – Duplicate Calendar Event to “Busy Calendar Shortcuts (Levels 2-3)
  • 2022-06-20 – WWDC State of the Platform Summary (Levels 1-3)
  • 2022-06-17 – The Lab Report Podcast (Levels 1-3)
  • 2022-06-16 – iPadOS Deep Dive (Level 3)
  • 2022-06-15 – Using AppleScript to Jump to a Specific Mailbox in Apple Mail (Levels 2-3)
  • 2022-06-10 – Details on iPadOS Deep Dive (Level 3)
  • 2022-06-10 – WWDC Virtual Meetup (Levels 1-3)
  • 2022-06-09 – Project Creation with Craft, OmniFocus, and Shortcuts (Levels 2-3)
  • 2022-06-09 – WWDC Virtual Meetups (Levels 1-3)
  • 2022-06-07 – WWDC Day Two Report and WWDC Virtual Meetup Links (Levels 1-3)
  • 2022-06-06 – WWDC Day One Podcast and Photos (Levels 1-3)
  • 2022-06-05 – Reporting in from Cupertino (Levels 1-3)
  • 2022-06-03 – Lab Report Podcast (Levels 1-3)
  • 2022-06-02 – Creating Animated Hand-Drawn Slides for Keynote (Levels 2-3)

Shortcuts for Mac Webinar Series

I’m starting a five-part webinar series this Friday for the Shortcuts for Mac Field Guide, Plus Edition customers. If you signed up for that course you should have received an email with a sign-up link. I’ve also added the sign-up link to the course under the “Shortcuts Webinars” Section. Let me know if you have any problems.

The Webinars will be new materials on Shortcuts for Mac. All of the webinars will be edited and added to the course. So if you can’t make the webinars, you’ll still get all the content as part of the Shortcuts For Mac Field Guide, Plus Edition content.

Rethinking Email – Inbox Serenity (MacSparky Labs)

I’m behind on my email, which made me rethink my email practices and how I can improve them. This is no less than my quest for email serenity. I’ve decided to do this as a series for the MacSparky Labs. Here’s the first entry talking about the problem, potential solutions, and some trouble areas where a specific email can gum up the works. I also share diagrams of some of my email workflows…

This is a post for MacSparky Labs Level 3 (Early Access) and Level 2 (Backstage) Members only. Care to join? Or perhaps do you need to sign in?

MacSparky RSS Feeds

I’ve been working on the RSS Feeds. Now there are three of them.

The Main RSS Feed

This feed gets you everything. It includes the MacSparky Labs posts as well, but you’ll only see content in those posts matching up with your membership level.

The Main Feed Without MacSparky Labs Posts

I publish a lot of content for the MacSparky Labs Members. If you don’t want to see any of that, use this feed.

MacSparky Labs Feeds

I have custom feeds for each level of the MacSparky Labs. These are generated individually for each Member. If you are a MacSparky Labs member…

You don’t have access to this RSS feed..