MacStories Releases 300 Custom Shortcuts Icons for iPhone and iPad

MacStories today released a set of 300 custom icons for use when adding Shortcuts to the home screen on iPhone and iPad.


Apple already provides many default glyphs for Shortcuts icons, but the MacStories set provides users with hundreds of extra options across dozens of categories, ranging from documents and clipboard to media and task management.

MacStories editor-in-chief and Shortcuts power user Federico Viticci:
MacStories Shortcuts Icons were designed by our longtime designer Silvia Gatta in collaboration with me. After years of covering Workflow, then Shortcuts, and following the launch of the MacStories Shortcuts Archive, I decided it was time to provide a custom icon set for Shortcuts as well.

MacStories Shortcuts Icons were designed with the needs of Shortcuts users in mind. They're not just a random icon set: each icon was specifically created for a potential use case in the Shortcuts app.
Viticci adds:
We created the set to complement Apple's default glyphs and offer more options for Shortcuts power users. I personally went through my list in the MacStories Shortcuts Archive, as well as popular shortcuts from Reddit and the community, and tried to come up with icons that would better represent each shortcut. The icons were designed with a modern, rounded look and subtle drop shadows.
For the icons to work properly, iOS 13.1 or iPadOS 13.1 is required. In those latest software versions, you can now use custom glyphs such as the MacStories icons and still keep the original colors of your shortcut icons.


How to use the custom icons:
  • Download the MacStories icon set directly on an iPhone or iPad and unzip the folder in the Files app
  • Open the Shortcuts app
  • Tap on the circle with three dots on a Shortcut
  • Tap on the circle with three dots in the top-right corner
  • Tap on "Add to Home Screen"
  • Tap on the icon outlined in blue and select "Choose File"
  • Choose a MacStories icon and save to the Home screen
The icon set is available today for $14.99 on the MacStories website. For a limited time, MacStories is offering MacRumors readers a 15 percent discount with promo code MACRUMORS15 at checkout.


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Apple Releases Updated Version of Shortcuts With New Notes-Related Actions

Apple today released an updated version of Shortcuts, introducing support for several new actions related to the Notes app. There are options for Create Note, Append to Note, Find Notes, and Show Notes, all of which can be incorporated into your shortcuts.

There's also a new Get Numbers input action for pulling numbers from text, and Get Time Travel includes more details like route name, arrival time, and distance. You can also now tap on the Library tab to get to the bottom of the shortcuts list more quickly.


Apple's full release notes for the new 2.2 Shortcuts update are below:
- Create and access Notes in your shortcuts with the new Create Note, Append to Note, Find Notes, and Show Note actions
- Pull out numbers from text using the new Get Numbers from Input action
- Tapping on the Library tab will now scroll to the bottom of your shortcuts list
- Get Travel Time now returns more details, including route name, arrival time, and distance
- Bug fixes and improvements
The Shortcuts app, introduced in iOS 12, is designed to allow iOS users to create multi-step shortcuts and automations using both first and third-party apps, with the shortcuts able to be activated using Siri commands.

Through Shortcuts, for example, you can create an automation to do something like turn on the thermostat at home using the Nest app, text your roommate that you're on the way with Messages, and open up the Maps app with directions home all with a single "I'm going home" Siri command spoken when leaving work.

Shortcuts are deeply customizable, with Apple's Shortcuts app providing a gallery of Shortcut suggestions along with the tools to create your own.


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MacStories Shares Useful Collection of 150 Custom iOS Shortcuts

Apple in iOS 12 introduced a new Shortcuts app, built on the Workflow app that it acquired in 2017. Shortcuts lets you automate tasks, simplifying everything from calculating a tip to sharing an Apple Music song.

Shortcuts can do an endless number of things, but it can be tough to find useful new Shortcuts if you're not well versed in building them yourself. MacStories' Federico Viticci, known for creating useful Shortcuts, this morning announced a collection of Shortcuts that he's created over the years.


The MacStories Shortcuts archive includes 150 shortcuts at launch, but Viticci plans to add more over time. The archive is neatly organized into various categories, and everything is available for free. MacStories says that anyone is free to download, modify, and redistribute shortcuts from the archive to meet their needs.

Viticci updated and adapted all of the shortcuts that he's been using in the Workflow app for years, so this is a robust collection filled with automations for developers, writers, and the average iPhone user.

There are shortcuts for copying App Store release notes, saving screenshots, getting affiliate links, and more, and that's just in the App Store section.

Other useful shortcuts include a file downloader for iCloud Drive, a PDF creation tool, an option for zipping a collection of files, logging weight in the Health app, calculating average heart rate for the last two weeks, adding frames to screenshots from Apple products, getting images from a webpage, and many more.

If you want additional shortcuts, the Shortcuts subreddit on Reddit is also an excellent resource for finding new content in addition to the MacStories archive.


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Siri Shortcuts Expands to American Airlines, Caviar, and Other Apps, Coming Soon to Airbnb and More

Apple today announced that American Airlines, Dexcom, Caviar, Merriam Webster, and Spectre have added Siri Shortcuts support to their apps this week. Airbnb, Drop, ReSound, and Smarter also plan to add Siri Shortcuts integration to their apps between March and April, according to Apple.


In the Airbnb app, for example, you'll be able to access details on your stay such as the check-in time and Wi-Fi password by setting up a Siri voice command such as "Hey Siri, my Airbnb stay," according to CNET.

Apple says thousands of apps now support Siri Shortcuts, which debuted as a key feature of iOS 12 last year. Apple's examples include Waze, Nike Run Club, Seamless, Instacart, DSLR Camera, Pandora, Tile, Overcast, Evernote, Citymapper, Kayak, Hotels.com, British Airways, VRBO, and The Weather Channel.

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Siri Shortcuts let you create voice and tap-activated automations that can complete multiple complex tasks in just a few seconds. The feature is available in the Settings app under Siri & Search and through the dedicated Shortcuts app.


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Waze App for iOS Gains Siri Shortcuts Support

Google-owned mapping app Waze was today updated with support for the Siri Shortcuts feature that Apple introduced in iOS 12.

With Siri Shortcuts in Waze, you can record shortcuts for your drive home, drive to work, favorite locations, and more, all of which can be activated with a simple Siri voice command.


Waze is a popular Apple Maps alternative on iOS devices as it is known for its accurate traffic and hazard alerts, along with time-saving routing changes.

Siri Shortcuts for Waze can be set up by opening up the Settings app on the iPhone, navigating to "Siri & Search," and tapping the "Shortcuts" button. From there, either scroll down to the Waze section or search for Waze.

You will need to have your home, work, and favorite locations set up within the Waze app for those options to show up.

Waze can be downloaded from the App Store for free. [Direct Link]

(Thanks, Shawn!)


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Siri Shortcuts Not Working Properly For Some iPhone Users

It's not just you: it appears that Siri Shortcuts have not been working properly for some iPhone users since as early as Tuesday.


A small but increasing numbers of users on Twitter and the MacRumors forums claim that they are unable to invoke shortcuts using Siri, including Federico Viticci of MacStories and Rene Ritchie of iMore. The shortcuts still work if executed directly from the Shortcuts app, but not with a Siri voice command.

The issue is not affecting all users, nor is it affecting all apps. Third-party apps appear to be affected more than Apple's apps. It also doesn't appear to be related to today's release of iOS 12.1.1 or Shortcuts version 2.1.2. Your mileage may vary, so leave us a comment in our forums if you are affected.


As with any cloud-based service interruption, Apple certainly has engineers working on a server-side fix. With the issue now receiving media attention, a fix shouldn't be far away. We'll update this article when it is implemented.

In the meantime, some users have been able to re-record their Siri Shortcuts phrases to get them working again. To do so, open the Shortcuts app, tap on the three dots on a shortcut, tap on the settings toggle icon below Done in the top-right corner, tap on Siri Phrase, and tap Re-Record Phrase.


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HomePod 12.1.1 Update and Shortcuts 2.1.2 Released, But No Sign of watchOS 5.1.2 Yet

Alongside the public release of iOS 12.1.1, macOS Mojave 10.14.2, and tvOS 12.1.1, Apple today released a companion 12.1.1 software update for the HomePod and updated its Shortcuts app for iOS 12 to version 2.1.2.


The software update for HomePod is a relatively minor one, adding Siri support for Cantonese and Mandarin in China and a Cantonese dialect in Hong Kong ahead of the HomePod's release in those regions in early 2019. In addition, the LEDs on the top of the HomePod will now illuminate during Group FaceTime calls.

The new HomePod software will be installed automatically on the HomePod upon updating to iOS 12.1.1 on a paired iPhone, but you can also manually update and check your software version by following these instructions.

Shortcuts 2.1.2, a free update on the App Store, features a new "Post to Tumblr" action, iCloud sync improvements, localization improvements, and a long list of bug fixes per Apple's release notes:
  • Fixed an issue where the screen describing which apps and services are used by a shortcut may not appear when downloading a shortcut
  • Fixed an issue that caused shortcuts with the Open App or Play Sound actions to fail when Siri is used to run the shortcuts
  • Fixed an issue where shortcuts with Repeat with Each actions may freeze when they're run from the widget or Library tab
  • Fixed an issue where the Phone Number action may not understand phone numbers that contain commas (pauses) or have long extension codes
  • Fixed an issue where the Show Directions action may not work when it's run from the Shortcuts Today View widget on the Lock screen
  • Fixed an issue where the Add New Reminder action doesn't work when a time or location isn't entered
  • Fixed an issue where the Send Payment action may not appear to finish when making Apple Pay Cash payments
  • Fixed an issue where the Ask for Input action's default answer field for dates wouldn’t support 24-hour time
  • Fixed an issue where the Get Name of Emoji action showed the emoji name in English when the device is set to another language
  • Fixed an issue where some shortcuts may show an error message when they're run from Search
  • Fixed an issue where shortcuts may fail to download web pages with long Unicode titles
  • Fixed an issue where the Run Editorial Workflow action doesn't pass a result
Last week, MacRumors revealed that the publicly released version of watchOS 5.1.2 will enable ECG functionality on Apple Watch Series 4 models, but there is no sign of that software update so far today.


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