Using Workflow/Shortcuts to Save Webarchive Files

On episode 70 of the App Stories podcast, John Voorhees and Federico Viticci discuss apps for managing big projects, including Keep It and one of my favorites, DEVONthink. Federico also points out a really nice trick for saving web pages as webarchive files on iOS, using Workflow (soon to be Shortcuts).

All you need is a workflow that accepts URLs as input. Pass the URL through a Get Contents of Web Page action and then use the Get File of Type action and, in the file type field, use com.apple.webarchive. It worked great in my initial tests and I think it will come in handy in the near future as I have some research to do. You can get the workflow here. Although Shortcuts should be coming this fall, you can still grab Workflow for free on the App Store, and the consensus seems to be that Workflow workflows will transfer over to Shortcuts shortcuts, so you should be set.

Download workflow: Save webpage as webarchive file

The MacStories iOS 11 Review Audiobook

I’ve been reading MacStories since 2013. In that time, Federico has grown the site and its reach substantially, bringing on more writers, publishing more content, redesigning the site a couple of years ago, and all the while delivering excellent content consistently. Needless to say, I’m a fan.

I’m also a big fan of the annual MacStories iOS review, published with the public release of iOS each September. This year, the gang at MacStories did something different: an audiobook version of the iOS 11 review. This review is long and detailed though, from what I read of it, a good read (as to be expected). However, some folks don’t have a lot of time to read through it all, while listening to the review on one’s commute can be easier and quicker. Even better, the review is read by Myke Hurley (of the RelayFM podcast network). If you’re a fan of RelayFM’s excellent shows like Upgrade and Connected, then you’ll likely enjoy listening to this. The review comes in at around 5 hours, and I’m about halfway through it, but it’s a great listen and loaded with interesting information and explanations. For example, I didn’t know I could tap a Safari link with two fingers to open it in a new tab.

The audiobook can be purchased here for $9.99 but if you’re a Club MacStories member, you can get it for $3.99. (Hint: you can join Club MacStories for just $5 monthly) and get lots of great extras, in addition the monthly newsletter!

MacStories: A Photo Tour of Apple’s New Flagship Chicago Store

Over at MacStories, John Voorhees published a nice photo tour of the new Apple Store that just opened in Chicago. The photos probably don’t do it justice:

It’s hard to appreciate just how completely the store disappears into its surroundings unless you see it for yourself. The illusion is enhanced by even the smallest touches like the grooves in the staircases that continue from the interior of the store to its exterior.

It looks incredible and I hope to get to see it in the near future, and the photos are pretty great.