Master Shortcuts: Unlocking Basic and Advanced Functions on iPhone and Mac
Apple’s Shortcuts app is a powerful tool designed to streamline and automate tasks on Apple devices. It offers built-in examples that make it easy for users to get started. But the app’s true potential lies beyond its built-in examples. Integrating the app with third-party applications and advanced scripting methods opens up a world of possibilities for more complex and personalized workflows.
Third-party apps can extend the functionality of Shortcuts by offering specialized actions and triggers. For example, there’s a shortcut called “Clean Up Screenshots” in the Photography section that allows users to decide whether to save or delete their screenshots. Another shortcut called “Stop Distractions” in the Get Stuff Done category quits all running apps except for a few chosen by the user and turns on Do Not Disturb.
There are also shortcuts that integrate with third-party apps. For example, there’s a shortcut called “SW-DLT” that uses an iOS terminal app called “a-Shell” to download videos from the web. Another shortcut called “Summarize Article” uses OpenAI’s artificial intelligence tool, ChatGPT, to summarize any article from the web. Users can also use the Toolbox Pro app to share a link from a popular music streaming service and have it output the link to the same music on their preferred streaming service.