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Workflow lets you automate actions on iOS (pictures)

Automating tasks on your iOS device is now possible, thanks in part to this amazing app.

Jason Cipriani
Jason Cipriani
Jason Cipriani
Jason Cipriani is based out of beautiful Colorado and has been covering mobile technology news and reviewing the latest gadgets for the last six years. His work can also be found on sister site CNET in the How To section, as well as across several more online publications.
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Workflow for iOS

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

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First launch

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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Tutorial

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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It's all about actions

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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Gallery

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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My Workflows

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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Workflow in action

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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Share extension

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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