In my previous article, I covered how you could use Actions to streamline Google searches. I however, prefer using DuckDuckGo and therefore was thrilled to see it officially supported in OS X Yosemite. That, and a recent new addition to Actions – the Keyboard – open up new possibilities that are worth looking into.
It’s finally time to share some informations about our newcomer HoloBase As you already know, HoloBase is a completely new application, but it shares the underlying mechanic of Actions, including its action types. Besides what you already know and use today though, it will bring new useful types of commands to enhance your productivity. Let’s see 3 examples of what you will be able to do.
And then at one point it just happens.
You go to the office one morning and find out you need a rebranding, sort of like when you’re a kid and six-month-old clothes don’t fit you anymore — and come on, I’m not wearing that ridiculous sweater, forget it, and what is that, a lightning? No way.
You try them all one more time staring at the mirror, just to make 100% sure that their time is over. Some are torn from all the stumbling and falling, other are way too small for your rising stature, or they simply look annoyingly childish next to your new grown-up face.
And that’s exactly what happened with our app Actions… whops, sorry: HoloBase!
One day she grew up, and sending actions was no longer what she was doing. If you tried to tell her that she was just “an app that sends actions”, a “remote control”, a never ending teenagerly discussion would raise right away.
She is right, she is much more now, she is the first Personal Control System.
Under-promise and over-deliver. That’s what we swore to ourselves when we started building Actions. Apparently, we have failed to deliver the many novel ideas we said were already stored in Actions’ roadmap. But I said apparently, because that is not the entire story. Not a bit.
Sure, you’ve still got little in your hands, but a lot went on under the hood. An idea that started with two minds is now supported by six. We finally found investors, hence got some more resources to keep things going, and better. You are almost half a million and people start to talk about Actions. Well, they are a bit late for that, but somehow just in time.
This article is heavily focused on the MAC platform
As you may well know, Actions relies heavily on an app’s existing keyboard shortcuts to trigger actions. Unfortunately there are a myriad of apps that offer a very limited set of keyboard shortcuts. A common workaround in the past would be to create a global shortcut to trigger the menu bar entry and then assign it in Actions.
With the introductions of Flows, I thought it was about time to pare down the dozens of shortcuts I had create and instead rely on just one: Move focus to the menu bar. I soon realised that this was unreliable. Numerous threads online advised changing the default shortcut (^F2), however this still produced erratic behaviour. After a couple of days it would simply stop working and I’d have to change the shortcut once again.
Frustration quickly set in and as any respectful self appointed nerd would do, I hastened to create a script to change this shortcut on the fly. Fortunately common sense prevailed. I took a step back and found a simpler, albeit not as obvious solution.