Yesterday, Apple finalized its acquisition of the most acclaimed automation app, it once declared as innovative app of year 2015, Workflow.
Released back in 2014, Workflow is a multi-use automation tool that helps users to accomplish tasks in single touch, which other wise takes multiple steps. Users create individual “workflows” which can be used as either of the 3 modes – Normal (access directly inside app or by 3d touching the app icon), Today Widget or Action extension which you can use by touching the share icon available in most apps.
Workflow also boasts a large gallery of user-created workflows. You just need to download the workflow, tweak to your use(if needed) and use it. There are quite a few interesting workflows creating by many users – like laundry timer, share a pic to multiple social media apps, a video to GIF converter and many more.
Apple has announced that, per the terms of the acquisition, the company will be acquiring the app, as well as its three co-creators — Ari Weinstein, Conrad Kramer, and Nick Frey — who will be joining the team up in Cupertino full-time.
“We are thrilled to be joining Apple,” Weinstein said in a statement. “We’ve worked closely with Apple from the very beginning, from kickstarting our company as students attending WWDC to developing and launching Workflow and seeing its amazing success on the App Store. We can’t wait to take our work to the next level at Apple and contribute to products that touch people across the world.”
The details on acquistion are not clear yet. Its possible that Apple could integrate this workflow deep into the iOS and macOS. Its definitely interesting to see what future holds for Workflow.
Users can now still download the app, for free, from App Store
Workflow is your personal automation tool, enabling you to drag and drop any combination of actions to create powerful workflows for your iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch.
Workflow includes over 200 actions, including those for Contacts, Calendar, Maps, Music, Photos, Camera, Reminders, Safari, AirDrop, Twitter, Facebook, Dropbox, Evernote, iCloud Drive, and Health, to name a few.
For example, you can use Workflow to:
* Make animated GIFs
* Add a home screen icon that calls a loved one
* Make PDFs from Safari or any app with a share sheet
* Get directions to the nearest coffee shop in one tap
* Tweet the song you're listening to
* Get all of the images on a web page
* Send a message including the last screenshot you took
* And so much more...
Your workflow creations can be launched from inside the Workflow app, from other apps using Workflow's Action Extension, or from our new lightning-fast Today Widget. You can even export a workflow as a standalone app on your home screen.
Workflow opens up infinite possibilities of what you can do with your iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch. But this is just the beginning. Stay tuned.