Automators 4: First Look at Siri Shortcuts

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#2

I’d so like to try out Siri Shortcuts now, but without a dev account, I’ll hold back until the proper release… If they released a beta version for public beta users, I’d be all over it.


#3

My car knows what category to assign!


#4

So, is “Accio iPhone” theoretical? I tried to create it in Shortcuts, but couldn’t find any actions related to Find My iPhone. Help, please @RosemaryOrchard?


#5

You need to open the Find my iPhone app, make your phone play a sound, and when you go back to Shortcuts you will be able to add this to your shortcut - I have mine turn on the flashlight too!


#6

Thanks, @RosemaryOrchard!


#7

Are there any examples of using the run javascript on webpage block? I’m curious to know where that expands the capacities of automation on iOS.


#8

Copying and pasting the “URL” from any bookmarklet works for me :slight_smile:


#9

Loved this episode. I’m too chicken to install the beta on my phone, but now am really excited to try the shortcuts out once iOS 12 is formally released.


#10

Will you be able to automatically send a text with Siri short cuts?


#11

Yes, if you toggle off “show when running” for the action :slight_smile:


#12

@RosemaryOrchard & @MacSparky, Thank you for Automators! @MacSparky, you mentioned that you’d like to be able to speak the Name/Title of Company to be used later in your workflow. I have found the “Dictate Text” Action to be useful for for this purpose…[Dictate Text]–>[Add to Variable]. Hope this is useful.


#13

Does anyone know if existing workflows will migrate over to Siri Shortcuts? And if so, to what extent?


#14

Yes. Certainly when the beta first came out it did an initial clone of Workflows. But since then it hasn’t imported additional ones.


#15

So, Workflows still remains as an independent app?


#16

During the beta, yes. Once it goes public… we’ll find out shortly.