7 shortcuts for taking notes during WWDC talks
Apple’s Global Developer Conference (WWDC) is jam-packed with sessions for app developers and curious people interested in learning more about the upcoming OS system upgrades. It might be difficult to keep track of what’s new with so many possible subjects, areas to explore, and videos to view.
So here’s a list of shortcuts to help you get started with the conference materials, set up your notes, and work with the transcripts in your documents.
Find out what’s new.
To get a handle on what’s new at WWDC, look back to the keynote and State of the Union for the important topics that stood out to you, and then start there — there’s no need to watch every session on every day.
Install the Apple Developer program on your preferred Mac so that any web sessions you open can be forwarded inside the app through deep links, where you can bookmark them for later and return when you’re ready.
Topics covered by the WWDC are listed below.
Make a list beneath each of the different categories from Apple’s Topics page once you’ve compiled your list of interests.
Browse WWDC Topics from the potential list of pages and open straight into one, while simultaneously copying the URL to your clipboard; add a subject to your list when you think it’s appropriate.
WWDC sessions are open to the public.
It’s also a good idea to look through the calendar of activities on the Sessions page to see what’s going on.
Saying “Open WWDC sessions” to Siri after adding the shortcut will send you there, where you can observe the gradual rollout of themes over time and get a feel of Apple’s planned viewing sequence.
Look up WWDC sessions.
You may also search for a session on that page, but because we’re living in the Shortcuts era, we’ve created a shortcut that creates a query for you and gets you to the results page.
If you use the default text in this shortcut to Search WWDC Sessions, you’ll be led to the results for the developer sessions relevant to Shortcuts this year (if you can’t locate them, like I couldn’t, go under “App Services”).
How to Use the Developer App
After you’ve done some web research and produced a list of prospective subjects and sessions, you can go on to the research step.
If you already stored all of your sessions in the Apple Developer app, now is the time to launch it, sit down, and start taking notes.
Activate the Developer app.
This shortcut will launch the Apple Developer app on iPhone, iPad, and Mac, as well as your preferred notes app in Slide Over when used from an iPad.
Set up your personalized trigger phrase, such as “I can’t wait to do it,” and ask Siri to start working right away.
TV programming for developers
It’s also often beneficial to lay back on your sofa and digest a session before taking comprehensive notes – the Developer app for Apple TV is ideal for this.
When you wish to watch a session on the big screen, use the “Developer TV” shortcut, which wakes up your Apple TV, launches the Developer app, and displays the Remote on your device (allowing you to control what’s on the screen).
Session in full screen
Finally, if you’re ready to go deep, sit down with a keyboard, prepare to snap screenshots, and write down what you think.
This shortcut will launch the Apple developer program and utilize AppleScript to imitate hitting Command + Control + F for the full-screen keyboard shortcut if you’re on a Mac and wish to initiate a “Full-Screen Session” – perhaps you’re taking notes on an iPad or utilizing a second monitor.
Additionally, the shortcut includes the option to remotely activate this using Run Script over SSH, so try out the trigger phrase from Siri on any device and your app will become fullscreen on your Mac, hands-free.
Utilizing video transcripts
Finally, there’s a lot of value in attending Apple’s developer sessions that are difficult to obtain on your own, and happily, Apple gives transcripts for each video in the Developer app.
The transcripts, on the other hand, are restricted to mobile and desktop apps, do not include slide information, headers, or bullets, and are frequently provided as a single lengthy blob of text.
We created a “Process transcript” shortcut that separates each sentence in the transcript into a new line to make it more digestible and simpler to take notes.
Simply copy the transcript, execute the shortcut, then paste your new content into your preferred note-taking tool.
As the speakers progress through the transcript, you may watch along, adding section headings and bulleted lists as you go, and insert screenshots of pertinent slides.
We’re looking forward to seeing what you do with it
Whether you’re an app developer or someone with a great interest in the inner workings of your operating system, these shortcuts should make Apple’s WWDC a little simpler to absorb.