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Look and Feel
For the most part, it feels familiar to the Workflow app that is still on the App Store with a few minor differences:
The design is more intuitive in Shortcuts. It uses the same card UI that is in some of Apple’s own apps.
There is also an action drawer that you can swipe up from the bottom to access. This makes adding actions to shortcuts easy and intuitive.
In Shortcuts, you can add a shortcut to easily launch a shortcut from anywhere with a custom phrase.
I found this to be an easier way to speed dial a contact, and to access some of my other most used shortcuts.
The consensus seems to be this is how most people will interact with Shortcuts; they won’t download the Shortcuts app per se, they will see the context menus in apps that will allow them to add repeated actions to Siri from the app of their choice, as long as the developer delivers the intent for this interaction.
Same Workflow, Different Name
While Shortcuts is basically Workflow, there are some apps and actions you can’t access yet, for instance automation with IFTTT in the Shortcuts app. I rely on this integration to post links to LinkedIn from selected sources using Buffer however I am not sure if it is coming back. I’ll need to find a new way to do this from iOS.
Shortcuts v0.2: Solid Upgrade
I am hoping for syncing to come to the Shortcuts app as well as some other missing features and apps. For a beta release this is pretty solid.
Unpaid meaning I don’t pay to be a developer on their platform, at least not yet. ↩
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