My Tech Tools

As one of my first tech posts here I thought I'd share some tips, tricks, and favorite tools that I use to post to the world wide web.

For longer stuff I prefer to work on my mac and use either Ulysses, Writer Pro, or MultiMarkdown Composer. I'm a sucker for amazing text editors so I'll switch around, but I tend to stick with Ulysses the most.

If I'm not on the Mac and doing some reading on my iPad, then I've got a workflow that some might find handy. I use a combination of Reeder 2, Flipboard, Pocket, Workflow, and Editorial. With these apps I can keep up on my interests and general news (Reeder and Flipboard), take articles that spark my interest and write about them in Editorial - with Pocket and Workflow as the glue and conveyer belt to save and move text and links.

Here's my process with some pictures to help illustrate.

 Starting in Reeder I copy the article link and then run the work flow from the iOS share sheet.

Starting in Reeder I copy the article link and then run the work flow from the iOS share sheet.

 Here's my workflow I built in the Workflow app.

Here's my workflow I built in the Workflow app.

If you want this workflow you can get it here.

https://workflow.is/workflows/6986be3a451445f0b211e64eea340eaf

This workflow (is a share sheet action) will take a URL from the clipboard and open that URL in Editorial's browser with a new blank text document open in Editorial and ready to edit. 
   The Editorial text document will be a local file but can be changed to be a dropbox file if wanted. (Right now the file will be named Blog Post but that can easily be changed too)

 This the previous link opened in Editorial's browser.

This the previous link opened in Editorial's browser.

For a quick link post for the blog I installed the below Editorial workflow. With this work flow I just highlight the text I want to quote in the Editorial browser (no need to copy it), then go to my ready text file, tap the editorial workflow and viola! I have a markdown quote with the link ready to go. 

http://www.editorial-workflows.com/workflow/6119405381484544/C9HUO911X4M

 This link post took about 30 seconds to generate from when I first read it in Reeder...if that.

This link post took about 30 seconds to generate from when I first read it in Reeder...if that.

From there I installed the "Open In" Editorial workflow (link below), and I open the now done text file in the Squarespace Blog app (but you can open it into a Wordpress or CMS app of your choice). 

http://www.editorial-workflows.com/workflow/5301360677355520/clkbdIc5K8s

All of that together takes almost no time at all. Add a quick comment and boom! I'm done. It was a joy to piece it all together and it's a joy for me to share.