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Go With the Flow

Go With the Flow
by Gary Woods

As much as I Love my iPad there are some things it’s not too good at. One of those things is a series of tasks which require you to open and close a number of applications sequentially. There are several Automation Applications but the one I saw the other day looks to me like the cream of the crop.

The App I saw is called Workflow by DeskConnect and is $2.99 in the App Store. There are a number of pre-installed actions like making an animated GIF, adding a home screen icon that calls a loved one, making PDFs from Safari or any app with a share sheet, getting directions to the nearest coffee shop in one tap and Tweeting the song you’re listening to.

Workflow includes over 100 actions that include those having to do with Contacts, Calendars, Maps, Music, Photos, your Camera, Reminders, Safari, AirDrop, Facebook, Dropbox, Evernote and iCloud Documents.

If you’re not happy with the ones that come with the program you can create your own then launch them from inside the Workflow app or from other apps using Workflow’s Action Extension.

Working with “drag and drop,” something I haven’t seen before on the iPad Workflow opens up infinite possibilities of what you can do with your iPhone and iPad.

Workflow requires iOS 8 or later so if you haven’t upgraded yet it could be a good reason to take the plunge. It’s compatible with the iPhone, iPad and iPad Touch and is optimized for the iPhone 5, iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.

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Gary Woods is the Computer Trainer for the Santa Barbara Association of Realtors and he is a Broker/Associate at Sotheby’s International Realty.