Getting started with Editorial has been a challenge. Not because it's a bad app, on the contrary, Editorial is such an expansive app that it's taken me a while to get my arms around it. 1 To say I'm impressed so far would be an understatement. Both Gabe (@macdrifter) and Federico (@viticci) have done a great job reviewing the Editorlal app, so I don't plan on duplicating their efforts. 23
What I've really worked on so far is trying to recreate various workflows I currently have on my Mac and replicate them in Editorial. The first major conversion I've completed is my automagic FTP image upload workflow. On my Mac, the process works basically like this:
Select a file and move it to a specific folder.
The selected file is then renamed to a unique file name. Usually involving a date/time stamp.
The file is then uploaded to my site via Transmit, Automator and a Hazel rule.
The URL for the image is then pasted to the clipboard via an Applescript.
I can then paste the URL into a MD file with a Text Expander snippet.
The Editorial workflow I have setup works basically the same way:
Copy an image either from Photos or from a web page into the clipboard.
Open the document you want to insert the image into in Editorial and run the FTP Image workflow.
The FTP Image workflow will:
Resize the image to 500px width
Upload the resized image via FTP to the website
Set the full path URL to the clipboard
Insert MD image link into document.
So right now on my Mac, to get an image “automagically” uploaded onto my site, I need to use at least 4 or 5 different software packages.
For a long time I’ve posted my geekier stuff on this site. But I recently decided to stop posting family related stuff on the primary domain of mygeekdaddy.net. Most of the reasons came down to this:
Sam now has an iPod that can search the internet. That means Sam’s friends most likely have iPods that can search the internet. At some point someone in his circle of friends is going to get the idea of Googling themselves to see what comes up. Most of the posts I make here are all inside baseball family stuff. Which means everything I post here is nothing Sam wants his friends to see. I don’t want a post that was made in good fun for family come back at the expense of Sam or Evan.
So what does this mean? Starting now all my geeky goodness will be posted on mygeekdaddy.net. Select posts from this site will get reposted to the site for reference/searching/etc. I’ll keep all the posts here as well since a lot of the search engine stats would be nearly impossible to recreate.
The easiest way to do your date selection is hard code it in the query itself. Typically this can be done with date specific SQL for your database type. For example, using a selection statement for SQL Server to automatically show dates from 1 week ago could be coded liked this:
In this example, the following lines hard code the selection query to basically one week ago.
Eric continues to put out more good stuff on his iOS workflows. Now his created his own Drafts app Actions directory.
The list allows you to browse the actions in a compact yet informative way. You can find a brief information about each action, a nicely-formatted Gist-hosted code for the URL scheme, and a link pointing to the original blog post. And if you’re browsing from your iOS device, you can tap the Install link to automatically install the action on your iOS device.
If you’re looking for a start on creating Drafts actions, his list of actions is a great place to start.
I’ve been a big fan of Adobe Lightroom for a while now. Lightroom 5 has been out for a little while, but I’ve held back on upgrading because the feature set from LR4 to LR5 hasn’t been enough to motivate me to move. Matt Kloskowski (@mattkloskowski) recently posted about a new feature in the LR 5.2 release candidate:
There’s a catch to this update that we usually don’t see in most Lightroom updates. There’s actually a few new features/enhancements in it. The big one for me is the Feather control in the Spot Healing/Cloning tool. As soon as I used the tool when LR5 first came out I immediately realized the need for feather. There’s also a couple of refinements to how the tool works. You an also now Right Click on a brush adjustment pin to bring up a context menu to duplicate or delete that adjustment.
Adding feather control on the new healing/cloning tool is one of the reasons I’ve kept Photoshop around. Now that it’s been incorporated into LR5, this will probably be the time to move to LR5.