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iOS Automation - Part 1

Date: 31st March 2017

Duration: 62:00

Show ref: SCOM0617

Automation is key to productivity but iOS offers less options for automation than the Mac. This is mainly due to sandboxing, which limits what apps can do, and how they can interoperate. However, there are still some powerful automation tools available if you take time to understand how the basic building blocks of automation on iOS work.

In Part 1 of this iOS automation series, we introduce you to iOS automation via app extensions, and explain how URL schemes work. We also show you how to use URL schemes in some common iOS automation applications, to give you a solid knowledge base for automating your own iOS workflows.

In this tutorial we demonstrate:

  • Examples of app extensions like the 1Password Touch ID extension and the TextExpander third-party keyboard

  • How URL schemes are constructed on iOS

  • How x-callback-url allows you to string actions together

  • Adding actions to Drafts via the actions directory and carpeting them from scratch

  • Creating Launch Center Pro actions using the Action Composer

  • Building and launching workflows via the Workflow app, Notification Center widget, and app extension

Since the tutorial was recorded, Apple have now acquired the Workflow app and made it available for free on the App Store. Perhaps we'll see more Workflow like features built into future releases of iOS!

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Workflow for iOS - Part 2

Date: 16th January 2015

Duration: 15:54

Show ref: SCOI0200

A deeper look at some of the more involved workflows possible in Workflow for iOS.

Workflow brings easy workflow automation to the iPad and iPhone. Workflow automation has been available on iOS for a while, but only really accessible to those with a pioneering spirit who like tinkering with long and complex URL schemes.

With the release of Workflow for iOS, Automation is now available for the rest of us!

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Workflow for iOS - Part 1

Date: 9th January 2015

Duration: 15:17

Show ref: SCOI0199

Workflow brings easy workflow automation to the iPad and iPhone.

Workflow automation has been available on iOS for a while, but only really accessible to those with a pioneering spirit who like tinkering with long and complex URL schemes.

With the release of Workflow for iOS, Automation is now available for the rest of us!