Automation

Apple announces Shortcuts, a Workflow-like automation app for iOS

Folks hoping to see Apple improve upon its digital assistant Siri in iOS 12 will be happy to hear it has announced a new app called Shortcuts. The app, which looks every bit like the Workflow automation app it acquired a year ago, will allow you to connect ‘Shortcut’ operations to Siri, making complex tasks as simple as speaking a command.

HomeKit Automation 001: how to create a toggle button

We walk you through creating a true toggle button to enable and disable a HomeKit scene, fixing one of the biggest shortcomings in Apple’s framework for the connected home. Check out our embedded video how-to before following along with our detailed written tutorial included further below.

iDevices HomeKit Wall Switch review

The iDevices HomeKit Wall Switch fixes one of the crucial issue with many smart homes. Not only does it fix a glaring issue, it comes with enough bells and whistles to make it the best HomeKit wall switch on the market.

No new features are coming to the Workflow app following Apple’s acquisition

Apple in March 2017 purchased the powerful iOS automation app Workflow. Even though Workflow is now free and the company has refunded some of the users who have paid for the app, it seems that no new features will be coming to Workflow going forward. That’s according to French blog iGeneration, which reported Thursday that the Workflow team’s confirmed that the software will no longer be updated with new features.

Mac Automation Product Manager Sal Soghoian leaves Apple

Beloved engineer and evangelist Sal Soghoian has announced that he is no longer employed by Apple. He says the move is the result of the company eliminating his position as Product Manager of Automation Technologies for “business reasons.”

Soghoian is a software developer that has been at Apple since 1997. During his tenure, he advanced a wide range of user automation technologies including UNIX CLI, JavaScript, AppleScript, Automator, and scripting support for several stock apps.

Pro Tip: create an applet to watermark images

Adding watermarks to photos is an invaluable tool for photographers who want to put a company logo or information on a photograph to share the proper credits that made the photo possible.

It can be done manually in a variety of different kinds of photo-editing software, such as Adobe Photoshop or Pixelmator, but in this tutorial, we’ll show you how you can create an applet that automatically watermarks photographs for you.