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Work Beyond Mac: Ten 'flows that put Workflow to work

Jason Cipriani | Jan. 9, 2015
As noted in a previous Work Beyond Mac column, DeskConnect's Workflow is a relatively new app that's a bit like Automator for iOS. I like it, but I'm still figuring out how to put it to best use as a productivity tool. While it's had a spot on my home screen since it was first released, I've used it largely to create animated GIFs and for other "fun" features.

This workflow will take the site you're currently searching and run it through Google. You only need to activate it through the Share extension.

Where Next?

When traveling or bouncing from one meeting to the next, it can be a circus act to stay on schedule. The problem is only amplified if you have no idea where you're going or how to get there.

This workflow asks you which scheduled appointment you're heading to and then opens Apple or Google Maps to give you directions. Pretty neat.

Share Availability

Going through your schedule, trying to decipher the various color-coded bars in an effort to provide someone with a list of your availability on a given day isn't fun. The next time someone asks you for your availability, launch this workflow from your home screen and let the app create a list of the times you're available. You can then email the list or share it however you like.

And so much more

Workflow is capable of plenty more, and that's what makes the app so exciting to use. With each passing day a Twitter search, app update, or new user brings something fresh to the app that we can use to get our work done.

And when you find one you like, add it to your home screen, thus making it more readily available. You can do that by viewing a workflow, tapping on the Settings gear, and selecting Add to Home Screen from the list of options.


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