The Workflow app for iOS was always widely recognized as one of the platform's most powerful apps. And now, it's a part of the platform, after Apple bought Workflow and made the app available for free. Because of that, there's never been a better time to give it a try. Here are 25 of the coolest things you can do with Workflow.
I keep this item on my home screen. With one tap, Workflow looks up my current location, queries Apple Maps for driving directions, and creates a text message to my wife telling her where I am and when I'll be home. All I have to do is tap the blue arrow to send the message.
A simple two-step workflow lets you create a one-button command to play a specific playlist in the Music app. If you've got a go-to playlist for running (or any other reason), this can be a quick shortcut to instant gratification.
While Workflow contains powerful connections to other iOS apps, it's got some tricks up its own sleeve, including some powerful image-manipulation features. The Post a Meme workflow lets you pick an image from your photo library, overlay text atop it and save the resulting image back to your photo library; Workflow then prompts you to share the image via social media.
Workflow's newsreader queries a bunch of top news outlets and lets you choose which stories you want to read, opening them in Safari tabs. Like all workflows, you can edit the initial source list and replace it with the sites you care about. It's hardly a full-fledged newsreader, but it goes to show just how flexible and powerful Workflow can be.
This is one of the simplest workflows you could imagine, but it's so useful. Just choose a phone number and add the workflow to your Today widget, and you've got a one-tap shortcut to call someone important.
This is a silly item created by my friend Joe, who likes to send out text "superfave" messages on Twitter. The workflow asks you to pick some text and two symbols, which can be emoji or stars or any other text you can think of. Then it generates a text starburst and puts it on your clipboard, ready to be pasted into any app.
iOS tip calculators are a dime a dozen. But the Tip Calculator workflow shows off the power of Workflow's Today widget. When I tap the Tip Calculator button in my Today view, the entire process--entering the bill, choosing a percentage, and displaying the result--happens within the widget itself. I can calculate a tip without ever launching an app.