I often come across items of interest while on my iPhone or iPad that requires my Mac for the next step (like installing new Mac software or utilities that I read about while browsing Twitter on my phone) and I feel that a few other methods are too much work: OmniFocus task to check out the URL, bookmarking it, or even tossing it into a Read Later service. I just want the URL open on my Mac and the first thing I see when I sit down to it next. This little set of utilities does that simply.
How it's used
- Copy a URL on iOS
- Paste into Drafts, then send to the "Open URL on Mac" action
- Your Mac's default browser open's the URL in a new tab
- Drafts for iOS or Launch Center Pro
- Hazel for Mac
How to install
- Install the Drafts action, by copying the Drafts Install URL below and pasting into Safari's URL bar while on iOS.
- Run this in the Terminal:
mkdir -p ~/Dropbox/utilities/open-url/to-open-url(we're just making a new directory for Hazel to watch)
- Import the Hazel Rule, which can be downloaded here.
Drafts Install URL
I tried just linking it, but GitHub strips out the
href of the link, so I did this instead.
Bookmarklet for Safari
To install as a bookmarklet use the following in a bookmark URL:
Launch Center Pro
- Install the action from here.
What's happening under the hood
- Drafts creates a new text file containing just the URL and uploades it to the folder that Hazel is watching for any new file.
- When Hazel sees any new file, it runs a terminal command that opens the URL (so you could launch apps besides browsers), and then deletes the file.
Hazel Terminal Command
open `cat "$1"`
$1 is Hazel's variable for the current actioning file.