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“Capture and share” shortcut

In this “Shortcut” category, I share useful shortcut that I found or created.

In my daily workflow, I often need to quickly capture my thoughts and file them into my daily system.

I have three shortcuts for this purpose.

  1. The first one is the “Dictate and Share” shortcut.
  2. The second one is Draw and Share shortcut.
  3. The third one is Camera and Share shortcut.

These three shortcuts allows me to quickly capture my thoughts, both text and visual idea.

Dictate and Share

This shortcut allows me to quickly capture my voice into text that I further share to my different applications.

Dictate-and-share shortcut
Dictate-and-share shortcut
  1. This shortcut launches into speech-to-text mode.
  2. The shortcut then prompts the text and allows me to edit it in case the speech-to-text translates wrong.
  3. Finally, I choose where to save the text. It may be a Day One diary entry, a task entry to Things, an article draft to Draft.

Draw and Share

How about visual ideas? I created another shortcut that gives me a canvas to draw on.

  1. It shows a base64 encoded image, which is basically a frame of blank canvas.
  2. Then it uses the Markup action for me to draw on it.
  3. And finally I can share and save.

It also detects whether I’m on iPhone and iPad. And thus gives me a portrait and landscape canvas correspondently.

Draw-and-Share example
Draw-and-Share example

Draw anything

This shortcut uses a predefined images as background for the markup action. So we can modify this shortcut to become different image for different purposes

For example:

  • a quick tic-tac-toe game.
  • a quick music note composition.
  • a quick SWAT chart.
  • a quick app prototype sketch.

Camera and Share

At last, I use the Camera and Share shortcut to quickly take a photo and draw on it.

Camera-and-share shortcut
Camera-and-share shortcut

This is especially useful for allowing my imagination on mixing both real world and digital drawings.

For example, I may take a photo of a white wall and then draw on it.

Camera-and-share example
Camera-and-share example

Published on January 10, 2019. More articles like this: Productivity, Shortcuts.

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