Customizable Shortcuts Action?
I want to start by saying that this is by far the best time tracking app that I have ever seen and want to thank you for all the work you've put into it.
My question pertains to the support for shortcuts in the IOS shortcuts app. In the shortcuts app under the ATracker section, I can see the list of suggested actions. There is a start action for all of my tasks and a couple of other simple actions.
However, the limitation that I'm running into is that the "start" actions are not customizable.
To illustrate my first point, consider the "Create an alarm" action for the default IOS clock app. There is a text box for "Time" and one for "Alarm". I could type the name and time of an alarm or even fill it in procedurally with a script. These sorts of custom inputs are not possible with the ATracker actions. There is only "start" and "stop". I can't customize a time for a task to start and stop, and I cannot select a tag to apply to that task.
The main reason I am writing this is that I want to build a shortcut that starts a task with a certain drop-down label, but there's no way to do that.
What I truly desire are just a couple of shortcuts with text box inputs. Maybe one called "Log Task" that lets you type the name of the task and what time you want it to start and stop at. And maybe another called something like "Change dropdown tag for current task" that lets you type the name of the dropdown option to select for the current task. Or maybe even one action that does both.
My main question is: Is something like this possible, or are there technical challenges that would prevent implementing something like this? How easy would this be to implement, and might we ever see a change like this?
Thank you so much for reading this admittedly long suggestion post. I look forward to your response.
Thanks for using ATracker!
We will need to investigate on it.
In the past, we are not allowed to add shortcut with parameter, as this feature is only allowed to certain category of apps (e.g. clock, music). But Apple might have relaxed it in the recent update.
If possible, we will try to add feature to allow user to start task with paramter. But to change dropdown tag value might be trickier, as one task entry migh thave multiple tags assigned.
Thanks for the suggestion!Comment actions
Thank you for your response! That's very annoying that apple is so restrictive with this sort of thing/ The reason I asked was that I have a couple of other third-party apps that allow for parameterization in their shortcut actions like Todoist.
Adding dropdown tags to each of my task entries is probably the most time-consuming part of my ATracker workflow, but I see how it could be quite tricky to add the option for dropdown tags. You'd have to select both the task you wanted to assign, the tag within that task, and the dropdown option, which I can easily imagine being difficult to set up on both ends.
Is there any more word on whether either of these things are possible for ATracker?
Thank you very much for your response and for your time.
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