Bookends Siri Shortcuts Forum

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Bookends Siri Shortcuts Forum

Post by Serge »

Bookends for iOS now supports Siri Shortcuts. This feature requires iOS 14+ and requires Pro Features Yearly in-app purchase. More information about current shortcuts can be found here:
https://www.sonnysoftware.com/bookendso ... shortcuts/

Please add your questions or suggestions about Siri Shortcuts in this forum thread.

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Re: Bookends Siri Shortcuts Forum

Post by iandol »

Hi Serge & Jon,

Now that Monterey also supports shortcuts, do you have a plan for extending shortcut support on iOS to desktop?

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I haven't had a chance to look into how Siri Shortcuts works in Monterey yet, but of course I'm curious, and I'll see if it's something that would benefit Bookends Mac users. We have AppleEvent support, which is more robust than Siri Shortcuts, so I don't think it's a pressing issue.

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Yeah, I think Desktop Shortcuts is just something that is a bit "easier" to use for non-technical users who may be scared by writing code...

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What Siri Shortcuts would you think are useful? In my admittedly cursory look at some video tutorials, it looks like they're mostly intended for lightweight interactions with the UI. I'm not seeing anything (so far) where I think it would be useful in Bookends. But I'm willing to be enlightened.

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Re: Bookends Siri Shortcuts Forum

Post by iandol »

From my perspective I suppose the idea is the actions (much like the Applescript interface does now) should integrate Bookends into another workflow, like selecting text in another app then pushing it to Bookends and/or getting a result from Bookends (like a formatted ref) to send to another app in the shortcut chain of actions.
  • The most straight forward is to take some selected text and (via the share sheet or other method to activate) send it to quick add. This is a one-way action, nothing is returned. As it seems actions can "match" text using regex and send the matches along the chain I wonder if you could select a big chunk of text and then match only DOIs and then send each to a quick add action? This is currently a pain to do all in applescript (which is lousy at flexible text manipulation IMO), and currently would be best handled by writing e.g. python/ruby and then triggering applescript to run quick add...
  • The same would go for doing a search. Looking at the iOS documentation https://www.sonnysoftware.com/bookendso ... shortcuts/ -- you shoud be able to receive a search term and then iterate through a list of results (much like applescript).
  • Also from the iOS shortcuts an action to convert a reference to a formatted result which could be returned to other tools along the chain.
This is a pretty low priority thing, I suspect the number of people that are migrated to Monterey and need automation but cannot run Applescript somehow are pretty low. Here is a list of other apps and the sorts of actions they are providing. I do have Pixelmator Pro and its shortcuts are genuinely useful and an improvement over what we previously had with automator. Some of the other apps shortcut actions seems quite light... https://www.macstories.net/news/shortcu ... egrations/

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