Workflow: Automator-style action for your iPhone and iPad
DeskConnect's Workflow (opens in new tab) is incredible. It brings a variant of OS X's Automator to the iPhone and iPad, giving mobile users detailed automation workflows for the first time. And it does so in an uncomplicated, easy-to-learn style, with a clean, smart interface. Once you've built a workflow, you can use extensions and Web Clips on your home screen to launch them, no interaction with the main app needed.
I've only had the chance to play around with Workflow for a short time, but Federico Viticci over at MacStories has been interacting with the beta for a while and has some great observations and suggestions for people interested in learning more about Workflow. (He's also one of the smartest people I know when it comes to iOS automation and his review is definitely worth a look.)
My personal selling point: Workflow offers a ridiculously easy way to create animated gifs from still photos in your library or images you snap on site. I'm terrible at creating Automator workflows on the Mac — I just never could quite wrap my head around them — but I got comfortable with Workflow in seconds. It's supremely simple to use, and it's intuitive, suggesting next steps in your Workflow that make sense: For example, if your first action is taking a photo, your suggested next actions include editing that photo, uploading it somewhere, sending it to AirDrop, and such.
For just $3, it's a must-buy to play with at the very least — but I can almost guarantee you'll walk away with something you can use in your daily iOS travels. Check it out (opens in new tab).
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Serenity was formerly the Managing Editor at iMore, and now works for Apple. She's been talking, writing about, and tinkering with Apple products since she was old enough to double-click. In her spare time, she sketches, sings, and in her secret superhero life, plays roller derby. Follow her on Twitter @settern.
Workflow is a wonderful app. I use several apps that @viticci covers for automation but can't always recommend them to certain friends and colleagues who I don't want to have to explain x callback URL and such to. Workflow should make iOS automations accessible to a broad audience.
Wonderful app...workflows might finally pry me away from Google Maps and towards Apple Maps for some tasks.... Sent from the iMore App
Absolutely looking forward to it.
Just bought it. I have absolutely no idea what this stuff is all about, buy it is possible to teach an old dog new tricks.