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Scott Willsey

iOS nerd, old school computer guy

Some Updates – Drafts, Shortcuts, Scriptable, and Working Copy – A Workflow Story, Part 4

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I know I owe you a deep dive into my actual blog post and podcast episode publishing shortcuts now, but first I want to address an update to the image handling portion of my Drafts workflow that I talked about in Part 2 of this series.

At the time, Shortcuts in the iPadOS 15 beta had an issue in which the newly added ability to access iCloud directories outside the Shortcuts folder simply didn’t work. As a result, for shortcuts that needed access to the Drafts iCloud folder, I used an inline Scriptable JavaScript action which worked great thanks to Scriptable’s folder and file bookmark feature. …

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Drafts, Shortcuts, Scriptable, and Working Copy – A Workflow Story, Part 3

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When I titled this series Drafts, Shortcuts, and Scriptable – A Workflow Story, I made a major faux pas by omitting an incredibly key piece of my blog post publishing puzzle, and that’s the incredible app Working Copy from Anders Borum. Maybe it’s because I’m stupid and simply forgot to credit the guy who created one of my most indispensable pieces of software, or maybe it’s because while Working Copy is indeed part of my workflow story, you could also title anything I write about it a love story as well, because I truly love that app. Anders is a man who really gets the iPad, and he’s one of the few still making apps for getting real programming-related work done on the iPad.

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Drafts, Shortcuts, and Scriptable – A Workflow Story, Part 2

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Now that you know my requirements for handling images in my Drafts-centric workflow, it’s time to let you in on a little secret: despite the fact that Drafts has incredible JavaScript and automation support, I use a shortcut called Draft Post Photo to choose my images and generate the specific markdown links that I want. The reason is pretty simple: I want to choose images from my iCloud Photo Library, and Drafts can’t do that. If I want to rely solely on a Drafts script, I would need to manually move images around, and I don’t want to do that.

So a shortcut it is.

I call the shortcut from a Drafts action though. This way, I can be in my draft with my cursor located where I want the image inserted, run the Insert Images action, which runs a shortcut that lets me choose the images and creates the markdown links for them, and returns the links on the clipboard. …

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