Apple bought a app called Workflow on Thursday. The app automates stuff you do all the time on your iPhone and iPad and turns those tasks into a simple button.
But instead of killing the app, as Apple usually does when it acquires a startup, Apple has made the app free.
Basically, Workflow is like a Swiss army knife for completing complicated tasks, which the app calls “workflows,” on the iPhone or iPad.
For example, you can use Workflow to make GIFs out of photos in your camera roll, automatically make websites into PDFs, delete screenshots from your camera roll, and much, much more.
Workflow is designed to make you more productive on iOS, and it has the potential to replace entire apps on your home screen.
Here’s how it works:
There's a gallery of other people's workflows that you can download for free. Personally, if you're not good at scripts, this is the most useful part of the app.
Once you download a workflow, you can customise any aspect of it. For 'Photos to GIF,' I tweaked it so I can manually select whichever photos I want to include and adjusted the time that each photo is shown in the GIF.
To use a workflow, you access it from the share menu, which is usually found at the bottom left of an app.
If you're especially creative, you can make your own workflow from scratch. You do this by chaining together actions, like opening a file in another app or opening a webpage. Simply drag an action from the left window of the app to the right 'Workflow' window.
I made this workflow, which saves a photo, video, or link to my Dropbox account and copies a link to my clipboard -- all with one tap of a button. This is useful when I want to quickly save a large file to my Dropbox account and share it with someone.
Workflow can do a lot, but you have to play with it for at least a day or two to understand its real potential. It could change the way you use your iPhone or iPad.
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