Automators 17: Live at PodCon



I started to reply to this topic re the travel workflows but…erm…it got a little out of control, so I split it into a separate post:


Great Episode! @MacSparky I can’t get your “Here I am” shortcut to work , it won’t use my location. any ideas how to get it to work?


I made that one (based on what David said), it has been working for me - have you checked your permissions to make sure that Shortcuts can get your permission?


@Jjm I think it needs the “Nothing” step removing otherwise there is no data passed into the message. The other option is to specify the output (magic) variable in the body of the text step. You can also specify the phone number in the text action step.


Whoops, a magic variable went missing! I’ll update the show notes:


That doesn’t seem quite right either… I think you have specified the wrong bit of the address in the Location variable. When I run it, the text of the message just reads “Location”. I think you either need the the “Full Address” part of the Location magic variable, or just remove the magic variable and the “Nothing” input, which then just seems to pass the full address through to the message text by default.


@Tony I also just get the word “location” that’s it.


It depends on where you are - for places with a name it works (e.g. at work it tells me the name of the place). However if your house/current location doesn’t have a name that’s available to Apple maps then it won’t work - you would have to use the first line of the address in the magic variable.


I really liked RMO’s shortcut to create packing lists in OmniFocus.

One tweak I wanted to incorporate was the ability to revise lists or add new lists without having to edit the shortcut itself.

I revised RMO’s base shortcut so that text files are read into her dictionary scheme. To create a new list (like the Podcasting Equipment modification she demonstrated in her Youtube screencast), you create a new text file titled Podcasting Equipment and then list the various items to pack as separate lines in that text file. The shortcut reads all the text files that reside at a user defined path on their iCloud Drive (e.g. /Shortcuts/Pack).

I also added a prompt for a list name, so that the list becomes its own project in OmniFocus

The shortcut itself is here. Another shortcut is available that creates a Pack subfolder on the user’s iCloud Drive and saves a pair of demo lists (Clothing and Tech).