Workflow Brings Automation to iOS 8 ⇢

I have already had a lot of fun playing with Workflow, an app released yesterday which can automate tasks on iOS 8. I can see how it will be a fantastic complement to Drafts (which is limited to text inputs and outputs).

Workflow – first teased by Ari Weinstein and team in January 2014 – takes another approach: instead of relying heavily on a specific functionality (such as text editing) or third-party apps and services (like IFTTT and Dropbox), Workflow is primarily aimed at automating native iOS apps and features.

Workflow can automate Calendar events and Reminders, it can parse and extract data from webpages in Safari, and it has full support for Photos and sharing services. It even works with iCloud Drive and extensions. Workflow’s first version lacks some obvious features like backup and sync, but what it does today is an extremely powerful proposition – from both practical and conceptual standpoints.