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gFred

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App Shortcuts on iOS 13 and up!
« on: November 11, 2021, 12:59:17 PM »
Hi all!

I just want to share a new findings that helps with app shortcuts in BH and the (un)famous URL schemes that are now pretty hard to find since the handleopenurl.com link is now dead.

Since iOS 13 and up, there is a new Apple scripting app called Shortcuts that can do a lot of pretty cool things including the simple task of opening any app on your device. What I found out is that you can call a shortcut you made with a common URL scheme that will work in BH App shortcuts.

The basic steps are as follows:

  • Open the Shortcuts app on you device and create an "Open App" shortcut to the app of your choice
  • Once the shortcut is done, assign it a name, like "Mixer"
  • In BH, add the App shortcut as usual, giving it a name like "Open Mixer"
  • For the Scheme, enter the following:
                                     shortcuts://run-shortcut?name=[name] ,
                where, in this example, [name] would be replaced by the word Mixer (no brackets), the name of the shortcut we just made in Shortcuts.
See? With this method, any app can be opened with it's shortcut if it's available in Shortcuts!

For more info on Shortcuts app, visit https://support.apple.com/en-ca/guide/shortcuts/welcome/ios

Pro tip: Since your actually going through the Shortcuts App before the final destination App, i.e. Mixer in the above example, the quick "Back " arrow on the top left of the screen will take you back to Shortcuts instead of BandHelper. I know, a bummer so to work around this I added a shortcut to BH in Shortcuts so I don't have to go through the app switcher to go back!


It helped me a lot, so I hope it will help others too!

  Cheers!

gFred

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Re: App Shortcuts on iOS 13 and up!
« Reply #1 on: November 11, 2021, 02:11:24 PM »
Good find -- thanks for sharing!

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Re: App Shortcuts on iOS 13 and up!
« Reply #2 on: February 22, 2022, 10:46:57 PM »
I am so very close to achieving what has been hours of trial and error because of this post.  So Korg Gadget 2 does not receive program changes (highly annoying).  However, through the shortcuts app I am able to create a shortcut to open the program file from the Files app and it works like. charm.  I was then able to use the process from this post to create an App inside BH which opens the program change inside Korg Gadget.  The problem is that there is no way to attach an App Shortcut to a specific song. And if I end up with a ton of songs then I end up with a long list of apps from which to choose.  Any suggestions on how to make this work in a live setting?  My goal is a single button press on BH and all iOS and hardware is loaded up for the next song. 

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Re: App Shortcuts on iOS 13 and up!
« Reply #3 on: February 22, 2022, 11:14:38 PM »
It's surprising that any substantial music app doesn't support selecting programs from incoming MIDI messages. Did you contact Korg to confirm that?

The Apps function in BandHelper wasn't meant to select specific files inside of another app, so using it for that purpose wouldn't be ideal.

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Re: App Shortcuts on iOS 13 and up!
« Reply #4 on: August 07, 2022, 08:08:41 AM »
This is a great feature. Does anybody know if this works with the XAir and XAir Monitor Mix apps? I’m always switching back and forth between BandHelper and those during gigs. I haven’t been able to figure it out. Thanks.

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Re: App Shortcuts on iOS 13 and up!
« Reply #5 on: August 07, 2022, 10:03:31 AM »
If you're asking about the iOS Shortcuts function described here (not BandHelper's Apps function described elsewhere), then I believe that will work with any app.

 

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