Workflow workflows

Posted by on 17th May 2015

Workflow for iOS has quickly become one of my favorite automation apps on my iPhone. I have never been very happy with Launch Center Pro because setting up URL's always sounded like shit work to me. Workflow does away with all the URL nesting and complicated escaping, or not escaping. It comes with the drawback that the app is really slow, but that outweighs the annoying fiddling with URL's that just don't want to work.

This post lists some of my favorite workflows.

Open Camera App

This workflow, when executed, displays a list of most of my camera apps to pick & choose one to open. I mainly use ProCamera these days, but also Hydra is very common. When it comes to video, though, the camera used is a much higher influencer over the result, therefore the camera app is key.

Open Camera App

Shorten URL

The great thing about Workflow is that they integrate with many popular services such as Slack, Trello, etc. With those that aren't available, users can run a Shell script on a remote server, or use (web) URL's instead. Shorten URL uses the latter to shorten a URL with bit.ly

Shorten URL (not mine)

Markdownify and Open In

I use this to save the reference of a website in a text file that I want to use to study something further. This works wonderfully with Transmit iOS or Dropbox.

Markdownify and Open In

Due

Put simply this is a pick & choose workflow for my most used Due timers. The first one is my laundry timer. The machine runs 105 minutes. The other timer is for meditation; it asks for a meditation time on run.

Due

Edit Photo

Workflow has Aviary's photo editor integreated. It doesn't come with fancy stickers and fonts, but it does the job for a quick photo edit.

Edit Photo

Work Diary

Inspired by Dr. Drang's Work Diary, I wanted something similar for myself. The basic idea is that I have a need to be able to recall when something "important" happened. Maybe you recall a time where you had an appointment at a doctor, cancelled it beforehand via phone, but only their answering machine took the call. Now the doctor wants to charge you. There are other situations as well, like when did we first meet, etc. All those "lifelog" events can be recorded with Workflow. As opposed to Dr. Drang, I chose to use a calendar instead. (Read more on lifelogging with IFTTT here.)

The calendar is called "Tracking", and it's a Google Calendar. The calendar is set to "hidden" in Calendars app.

Work Diary

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