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Entries in Workflow (24)

Thursday
Sep012016

Say No to Folders in Workflow

As I mentioned in yesterday's post I have quite a few Workflow app workflows on my iOS devices. Like many other long time Workflow users I'm looking forward to having a better way to keep track of and structure my collection of Workflows. However unlike everyone else I don't want folders...

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Wednesday
Aug312016

Count Your Workflows

I spend quite a bit of time experimenting with the Workflow App by the folks over at DeskConnect. It's an iOS application that brings Mac automator-style automation into the palm of your hand. As a result of my experimentations I've built up quite a library of workflows and whilst I wait for some sort of structure for the workflows I've come up with a few little tricks, notations and workflows to help me keep things organised. I'm going to share one of those with you today.

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Wednesday
Jul062016

Working with Dropbox Files from Drafts on iOS

Like many who blog I keep a list of topic ideas which I plan to blog about at some point. When I get some time to write I pick a topic that I like the look of and get some word thrashed out. I was surprised when I saw something in last week's MacStories members' newsletter that directly related to something rather niche I had on my list.

As I expect you've already guessed, this post is about that particular topic. It's about getting text to and from the iOS app Drafts from Dropbox.

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Tuesday
Apr052016

Workflow: Modify Clipboard Character Case

I haven't posted about Workflow for a little while, but it remains one of my favourite applications on iOS and I'm still actively creating and revising workflows. In fact I'm currently clocking in at 176 workflows on my devices. Today I thought I'd clear up the dry spell on Workflow related posts and put something together around one of my text manipulation workflows. This particular one manipulates the character case of text on the device clipboard.

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Monday
Feb292016

Combining Images with Workflow

As regular readers of this site amy know I'm a big fan of the Workflow application on iOS. It's an application that allows you to build up sequences of actions to carry out some sort of automation. I use it for many little helpful things on the go and one of those is combining together images into a single collage image which is what I'm sharing today.

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Saturday
Jan162016

ThoughtAsylum 2015 Review

Happy new year everyone. We've passed another year's end so once again it's time to take a look back at what's been most popular on thoughtasylum.com in the past twelve months and what's I've been up to.

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Tuesday
Dec292015

Workflow: Translating Clipboard Text

Whilst I have knowledge of coding languages is reasonably broad my knowledge of spoken and written languages is rather limited. English is pretty much my only language though I can probably get away for asking directions or buy a coffee in a handful of others. It therefore isn't really a surprise that from time to time I come across information that's in a language I don't understand well enough to translate it myself. When I'm at a laptop or desktop computer with an Internet connection I use an online translations service like Google Translate. Sometimes however I'm on an iOS device and whilst I can use such services I decided to put together a little Workflow app workflow to try and speed up the process.

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Wednesday
Sep022015

Workflow: Getting Started with Workflow for iOS

I was recently having a discussion on Twitter about how to get into creating workflows for the amazing iOS app known simply as Workflow. It allows you to use Automator style actions to put together simple yet sophisticated sequences of actions to carry out an operation such as manipulating a photograph or sending a message out on social media channels. Unfortunately the problem currently is that the available resources can be difficult to find.

To that end I've added a page to the Workflow section of this site that helps you find the right types of resources and tells you a little bit about what they offer. In effect it's a curated list with some explanation of what it's going to offer you.

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Thursday
Jul092015

Workflow: Remove Recent Screen Shots

The final part of my blogging about Workflow workflows is focussed on tidying up. When I produce the composite screen shot described in the Blogging About Workflows blog post I almost always end up with a small stack of screen shot files sat on my device. Once the final cropped image is produced, I have no further need for them and this workflow is used for deleting them, but it will work stand alone just fine; deleting any screen shots generated in the last twenty minutes.

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Thursday
Jul092015

Workflow: Crop Workflow Screen Shot

A big piece of my workflow blogs (and something readers have commented on many times) are the workflow screen shots I produce. As detailed in the Blogging About Workflows blog post I take several overlapping screen shots and use an iOS app to stitch them together into the mega-length screen shots that you'll see scattered through the workflow related blog posts on this site. However the images that it creates include parts that I don't which to use. These are the top bar that shows my time, battery level, etc. (which many people including Federico Viticci and Dr Drang find a need to remove - ref. MacStories) and the workflow bottom bar (Actions and Workflow buttons). I've automated the cropping of the screen shot with a workflow to do exactly this. It also saves the file into Dropbox for me and offers to delete it from my device camera roll.

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