Using Workflow to Solve a Small Problem

So, last week the iOS power user community was going crazy for a new app called Workflow. It’s an app I’m excited about too, as the possibilities seem limitless, and I can’t wait to see what end users come up with.

For those who aren’t power users, it’s still worth checking out the app, as there are some fantastic pre-programmed workflows.

If you are a power user, it’s a no-brainer. This marvel will join the ranks of apps like LaunchCenter Pro and cloud services like IFTTT for forming powerful pipelines connecting services.

As an example, I tried to use the app to solve a problem of my own, which is that I’m bad at working out quickly how much to tip a cab driver in my head, and just as bad at working how much to ask for in change if I give them the fare in dollar notes. It’s one of those really silly things that causes anxiety each time I take a cab, and now I no longer have to worry about it.

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You can check out the workflow here.

For those that are interested on how the workflow is formed, have a look below. As you can see, I had to jump through a few hoops to get it working the way I wanted, but it does what I’d hoped. I welcome any suggestions on how to improve or fine tune it.

workflowEdit: Evidently there’s a bug in Workflow for users using the French keyboard. In French, a comma is used for the decimal point and apparently Workflow doesn’t like that. This is a problem for a majority of Montrealers! (thanks to @latourfl for pointing that out, hopefully they’ll fix this bug soon!)

Edit 2: Thanks to the recent workflow update, you can now run this workflow from the Today widget! I’ve updated the link as appropriate.

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