Nicely done. Non-destructive filters!
1Password for iOS by Agilebits is a great app that you can use to manage your logins for websites and passwords. The app supports all of the major desktop and mobile platforms making it a no-brainer for anyone that wants an easy way to manage passwords.
One of the great features of 1Password is that it integrates really well with all of the most populate browsers. The integration is really slick. When you’re on a website that you have a password for in 1Password, you can click a button in the browser and have the password informaiton automatically entered for you.
This is great on the desktop, but it doesn’t work so well on iOS. Since Safari on iOS doesn’t allow plugins or extensions 1Password on iOS has its own built in browser. Agilebits did a great job implementing a good web browser right in the app. The only problem is, whenever you tap on a URL in any app you’re taken into Safari, not 1Password. So in order to get the benefit of 1Password you have to copy and paste the URL from Safari into 1Password. This can be a bit of a drag.
Luckily Agilebits saw this one coming and built in support for some additional URL schemes that will automatically open in 1Password. If you’re in Safari, or any other app for that matter, and you put ‘op’ in front of the http or https then the website will be opened in 1Password.
For example say you have tumblr.com open in Safari. If you tap on the address bar and scroll to the beginning of the line and type in ‘op’ (ophttp://tumblr.com) and tap go 1Password will open at tumblr.com. From there you can select any passwords and have 1Password enter the information automatically for you.
But there’s a way to make this even easier. I’ve written a quick bookmarklet that you can install in Safari that makes it as easy as opening a bookmark to load the current page in 1Password on iOS.
There are 2 ways that you can install the bookmarklet. If you have bookmark synchronization set up between Safari on your Mac and your iPad or iPhone then you can just drag the bookmarklet below on to the bookmarks bar and within a few minutes you’ll see the bookmarklet on your mobile device.
If you don’t have synchronization set up, then you can install the bookmarket by:
A while back I bought a copy of Drafts and TextExpander. After having them installed on my phone for several months and barely using them I decided that it was time for me to make a concerted effort to use them. And the more I use them the more surprised I am that it’s taken me so long to get into the habit of using them.
These 2 apps really compliment each other well. Drafts for entering some text and carrying out some action on it, and TextExpander to make it easier to enter some canned text.
One example of their use together is in quickly adding to, or creating a list in the built in Reminders app. One of the actions that comes bundled with Drafts will append to your Reminders list in the Reminders app. You simply enter the items you want to add, one on each line and execute the action. When you go into the Reminders app you’ll see that new items have been added.
As an added bonus, you can specify which list the items should be added to by putting the name of the list on the first line of the draft, prepended with a hash (#). When you execute the List in Reminders action the items will be added to the list you specified. If the list doesn’t exist then a new list will be created. That’s pretty awesome.
But sometimes it’s a pain to enter #Name of List, especially if you enp up adding to the same list a lot. That’s where TextExpander comes in1. If you add some snippets to TextExpander for each of the lists you commonly add to, it’ll be that much easier to jot down reminders. And when things are easier to do you tend to do them more often.
If you find that the built in Reminders app just isn’t cutting it for your GTD needs and are in the OmniFocus camp, you can make use of this tip to make putting a list of things in your OmniFocus inbox frictionless too. Just set up OmniFocus to pull the items from Reminders. Entering inbox items on the iPhone just became a whole lot easier.
Yes, I know you can use the built in shortcuts function on iOS instead of TextExpander. But TextExpander is more capable than the built in functionality. ↩