PEDRO LOBO
System Admin by day. Mac, technology and photography aficionado by night.

Something New Is Coming Your Way

That’s right, something new is coming your way, and real soon too. It’s been a long time in the making (read that as: I’ve been tinkering on and off), but this site’s redesign is almost ready to go live. There will surely be bugs — that I can guarantee (especially on mobile), but I’ll squash them as they arise.

What does this mean for you, my dear reader? Hopefully a better experience! The new design should lend to greater legibility:

I’ll be moving away from tumblr and will use Kirby instead, hosted on A Small Orange. Those that already subscribe to my RSS feed should be just fine (I don’t expect that to break). Those of you who only follow me on Tumblr, I urge you to subscribe to my RSS feed too. If you prefer, I also have an ADN Broadcast channel setup that’ll notify you of new posts.

Although this tumblr site will still be accessible via palobo.tumblr.com, I’ll be moving all posts to the new site. blog.plobo.net will redirect there too, so all your bookmarks and links are safe, fear not.

There’s plenty to say about the redesign (or rather tinkering) but I’ll leave that for the inaugural post on the new site.

I look forward to seeing you all there once it’s live. There will of course be Champagne and Caviar to celebrate (somebody, somewhere in the world will probably be having it, so it’s not really a lie).

Time Zones Are No Match for Launch Center Pro

120! That’s the number of apps I currently have installed on my iPhone (after culling quite a few). To some, that may seem like an inordinate amount. To others, e mere drop in the ocean of apps. Personally, I feel it’s a tad much and have been trying — for some time now — to consolidate both apps and workflows as much as possible in order to bring that number further down.

In many cases, the culprits are apps that serve a single purpose and with such a narrow scope that I use them once or maybe twice a month (sometimes even less). One such case is synchronize. This app allows me to quickly see what time it is in a particular country — essential when you have friends spread out across different continents. Fortunately though, this is one of those cases that I can quite easily solve with an app I use every day and a web service.

The Nitty Gritty

The star of this simple workflow is a small site called time.is. Using a rather simple urls, I’m able t:

There’s plenty more to the site and I recommend a visit. Personally though, that’s enough to replicate the features I used in synchronize.

As you may have already guessed by the title of the post, this workflow’s enabler is Launch Center Pro. I’ll leverage LCP’s list feature and prompt in order to get the desired results.

For the first part — current time in another locale — I created an action with a list of locations:

http://time.is/[list:Location|Bangkok=Bangkok|Curitiba=Curitiba|Stockholm=Stockholm|Calgary=Calgary]

Tap here to install on your iOS device

This will prompt me to choose the desire country and then whisk me away to Safari to show me what I need to see. Update: The above list can greatly be simplified by removing the duplicate names. Just keep Bangkok rather than Bangkok=Bangkok. Thanks to my pall Edi for pointing that out.

The second part — the time shift between my various locales — I created another action with a simple prompt-num. Remember that time is always in military format, as in 1500 for 3pm.

http://time.is/[prompt-num:Time]_in_Leiria/Bangkok/Curitiba/Stockholm/Calgary

Tap here to install on your iOS device.

This particular action will prompt me for the time and then show me the time shift with the locations I’ve choosen.

There you have it. With a very simple action and a useful website, I have one less app on my iPhone.

Released: Markdown for Keyboard Maestro 2.1.2 →

Andreas Just keeps improving Markdown for Keyboard Maestro. If you do any sort of Markdown writing then you owe it to yourself to check this out. If you perchance don’t own Keyboard Maestro… Then you OWE it to yourself to get it.

via: mosx

  • New feature: Preview with Marked now opens the Finder selected file if there is one.
  • Fixes: There was a typo with a variable in a macro. Can’t remember which one it was, but it’s fixed now.
  • Known issues: Cleanup Table is broken. If you can read Perl and have some time at hand, I’d appreciate if you can fix this and maybe send me a pull request.
  • Future features: I plan to look at Brett’s Strip Markdown Service for the Remove Formatting macro.
  • #keyboardmaestro
  • #markdown
  • Command-C Finally Available

    Finally, it’s here! I’ve had the pleasure to be beta testing Command-C or a while now and I must admit it’s been hard to resist the temptation of sharing with everybody just how great this app is.

    Command-C is an app akin to the likes of Pastebot, Instashare and Beam, in the sense that it allows you to share clipboard content between your Mac and iOS devices. Each has it’s own distinguishing features, but since I’ve started using Command-C, all others have been purged from my devices.

    It’s a good looking app that makes ample but intelligent use of iOS 7 design language. Animations are subtle yet help understand what is happening. With extensive support for x-callback-url1. Not only can you trigger it with a URL, but it will also recognise x-callback-urls and therefore allow you to trigger apps and actions on your iOS device, from your Mac… What’s not to love about it!

    Run to the App Store (metaphorically of course) and get it. You’ll be happy you did.

    There’s still plenty to see and learn about this app and it’s only going to get better. I promise that I’lll do a full post with workflows soon, so stay tuned


    1. Not comfortable creating your own x-callback-url schemes, fear not, the app developer has you covered

    Silo 1.0.9 for iOS now available! →

    One of my preferred and most versatile list apps just received a great update with some great new features and huge speed boost. Go get it, I?m sure you’ll love it especially if you’re a fan of using URL Schemes to automate your list creation.

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    There’s a new version of Silo available now on the App Store with some fantastic improvements. Including new iOS URL actions, background syncing, and lots and lots of bug fixes … And as always with every new release, here are a few promo codes for you fraaaands:

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