I’ve been learning Shortcuts for the first time this month inspired by MacStories.net’s contest. I just want to say how lovely this thing is!
I was able to take 817 days worth of de-identified hospital data that was sent to me as poorly formatted PDF mail attachments, automate the cleaning of that data with a bunch of regex matches and replaces, and automatically add it to a Numbers sheet where I could do some pivots and graphs. I’m not a data-guy. And it wasn’t that hard. Plus I learned some things.
Few stumbling blocks include the fact that Shortcuts doesn’t do much with mail. I’m guessing there’s a privacy reason that Apple didn’t want to even touch. Also, Shortcuts would give up after 300 or so PDFs. Did I fill up the memory? But I broke it up into 100-sized chunks and it worked perfectly.