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It has been almost a month since the last post and for that I apologize. In this article I want to share some thoughts on the future of iOS automation and the role this blog will play in the upcoming weeks.

A Day to Update Python Scripts

I may want to figure out a better way to announce these, but two of my latest scripts received major updates today and I urge you to grab the newest versions. The first is from my previous article to log the movies you watch on Day One using IMDB and Pythonista to add film information. The other is my crop tool for Editorial to crop images and save to the Camera Roll.

Log movies in Day One using IMDB

I'm a film bachelor, so every time I can get away from my obligations for 2 hours or more, I'll be watching a movie. I had ratings for movies spread all over the internet. Criticker, IMDB, Letterboxd, Flixster, you name it, I've been there at some point. I decided to put Day One to good use and store my ratings within it.

Searching the App Store in Editorial

There are many workflows to search the App Store on Editorial, SearchLink, by Brett Terpstra, has been ported to the platform and allows you to search many other places as well. All I needed was really a good and flexible App Store search. At first, I built one without a custom UI to test if I could do it and was fairly easy since I based it on SearchLink's bit for iTunes. Then I decided to build an interface for it and things, as always, got tricky.

Use Nested Lists in Launch Center Pro 2.3 to Open Albums by Artist in Spotify and Ecoute for iOS

Jeffrey Kishner has this really nice use for Launch Center Pro new nested lists feature with Ecoute and Spotify.

When I tap on this action, it presents a list of artists (Eminem, Foo Fighters, Pharrell Williams, and "Search"). If I tap on either of the first two, I am presented with a list of albums, and when I tap on the album name, that album auto-plays in Ecoute. If I tap on Pharrell Williams, G I R L automatically plays because I only have one album by him in my library.

Also, the idea to keep your actions updated with a Dropbox text file is gold. I'm probably borrowing that soon.

Mapping photos with Pythonista 1.5

Dr. Drang finally unveils his script to map photos using Pythonista.

Running Map photo from Pythonista and choosing this photo from the image picker sends me to Maps with a pin right where the photo was taken.

I enjoy when people put Python into a casual use. This is a great example.

IFTTT and Launch Center Pro Overview

You probably heard the news that latest Launch Center Pro update brought integration with IFTTT, a service that trigger actions between web services. We're going to understand how both services work so we can take the most out of this new addition and, of course, I'll share a couple of recipes here in the first article on Launch Center Pro's groundbreaking update.

Cropping Images in Editorial

When Ole Moritz released Editorial 1.1, the geeks out there freaked out. Not only was Editorial an universal app now, it also added a bunch of delicacies for our delight. One of them is the ui module to create custom interfaces. Viticci illustrated his review on the update with a couple examples and I decided to give it a go after reading the documentation.

Show Instapaper Articles in Editorial

I use Instapaper for pretty much anything these days. Whenever I stumble upon an interesting link, be it something readable or an utility, I drop it on Instapaper to be dealt with later. Therefore, Instapaper is an essential tool while I research for new articles and having those at arm's length when I'm writing in Editorial seemed like a no-brainer.

Math with 1Writer and Calca

What a great moment we stand upon regarding iOS text editors now that Editorial is on the iPhone. You can pick how much customization you need in your text editor between Editorial, 1Writer and others. If you're fond to numbers in your essays, the simple built-in calculator in Editorial may grow on you, however, Calca just authenticated its x-callback-url support and becomes a perfect match for 1Writer.