New Dic­ta­tion work­flows

“Hey Mac, show me top movies”

Mac Format - - MAKE MORE OF EL CAPITAN & iOS 9 -

Last is­sue we men­tioned that El Cap­i­tan in­cludes a bunch of new Dic­ta­tion Com­mands, in­clud­ing some for not only search­ing with Spot­light, but for nav­i­gat­ing and in­spect­ing what­ever re­sults it finds – and there’s more! First, make sure you have turned on En­hanced Dic­ta­tion in Sys­tem Pref­er­ences > Dic­ta­tion & Speech

Next, go to the Ac­ces­si­bil­ity pane, scroll down to Dic­ta­tion, op­tion­ally set a dic­ta­tion phrase, then click Dic­ta­tion Com­mands. Put a check mark next to ‘En­able ad­vanced com­mands’ and click the + but­ton that then ap­pears above it. Now you can de­fine a cus­tom phrase that, when you say it, will trig­ger a work­flow. That’s not what’s new, though.

Set the com­mand to work in all apps or a spe­cific one, then click the pop-up next to Per­form and se­lect Run Work­flow. You’ll see a list of pre­made work­flows that are newly pro­vided by Ap­ple as part of El Cap­i­tan. The first three, for start­ing a new au­dio, video or screen record­ing in Quick­Time, might save you click­ing about in that app if you use those ca­pa­bil­i­ties a lot. It’s the ones that con­trol iTunes that are per­haps of broader ap­peal, es­pe­cially if you use a Mac as a me­dia cen­tre in your liv­ing room.

If you’re in­ter­ested in learn­ing about Ap­pleScript to ex­pand upon th­ese be­hav­iours, se­lect one, click the Save Work­flow As but­ton that ap­pears, then open the work­flow in Au­toma­tor.

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