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Workflow for iOS

First launch

Tutorial

It's all about actions

Gallery

My Workflows

Workflow in action

Share extension

This automation app for iOS lets you combine functions from separate apps to make complex actions more efficient.

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The launch screen for Workflow contains icons for potential workflows in the background. Each icon can be assigned to your workflows, whether it's for a flow saved in your library or added to the homescreen as an app.

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A simple, straightforward tutorial walks you through the gist of creating a workflow. In the included sample, you'll build a GIF creating workflow.

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The list of actions is broken down into categories, helping you find what you're looking for faster.

As you build a workflow, the app will also make suggestions for what action(s) you might need next.

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Having trouble coming up with ideas or unsure where to start? Browse through the Gallery to quickly add workflows and get a better feel for how the app works.

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The iPhone app displays a two column grid of your workflows, where as the iPad version displays multiple columns (similar to what was in the last slide).

Tapping on a workflow's icon will launch it for further editing, or to run it.

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Each step of the way you're walked through the progress of the current workflow.

In this instance, the workflow is in the middle of obtaining my current location.

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The share extension available in iOS 8 is one of the more powerful ways to implement a workflow. Instead of leaving one app, only to launch Workflow and select a workflow to run, you can tap on the share icon, select run workflow and then select a workflow.

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