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MrHenko
MrHenko

Wait, has the Workflow app been changed to Shortcuts, not replaced? I mean, is the Workflow app on my phone actually the same app as what will be Shortcuts is I update to iOS 12?

I’m confused.

hutaffe
hutaffe

@MrHenko I think it's the same and just got rebranded. If you searched for shortcuts in Spotlight, the search result was still named Workflow, although this has changed now 😉

MrHenko
MrHenko

@hutaffe Seems something like that, yes.

I just tried to download Workflow to my iPad, where I haven't had it before. A search for it just showed me the Shortcuts app. Since nothing about Shortcuts on the App Store told me that it in fact was Workflow, instead I tried to find the app store link from my phone where I do have Workflow installed. When I searched my list of installed apps via the App Store app I found Shortcuts instead of Workflow. Really confusing!

So I installed Shortcuts on the iPad, got an error message telling me that the latest version isn't compatible with my OS (iOS 11) and asked me if I wanted to install an older version. I said yes and got Workflow installed.

If this had happened on Android it would be the kind of thing that Apple nerds (myself included) would complain about as "typical Android". "This poor user experience is why iOS is superior", etc.

hutaffe
hutaffe

@MrHenko yeah... I don't know why they didn't just really replace it. Would have been much better understandable. I searched for the Shortcuts app and didn't find it. Instead it showed up in the Updates section, but I never installed it… I had Workflow… confusing.

MrHenko
MrHenko

@hutaffe Either that or kept the Workflow name. Doing that would also avoid the problem that seems to be present now when there are shortcuts (lowecase s) and there are Shortcuts (uppercase s), or possibly Shortcuts shortcuts.

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Avancee
Avancee

@MrHenko it’s mostly the same; but there are a few differences in some of the integrations and the Siri activation. For my iPad, restarting after the update showed the update to Shortcuts and things changed from there. However, the system name is still Workflow in several areas, and also when connecting/reconnecting to apps like Evernote

MrHenko
MrHenko

@Avancee It's a good thing that Workflow is/was something that mainly "power users" used. This transition seems like somtehing that would confuse the hell out of a regular non-technincal user.

Avancee
Avancee

@MrHenko Indeed. For as much as people have love to see the workflows that I’ve created; they are just a little bit further out there that many people want to travel. That said, it’s a very similar reaction to when people used to talk about macros in Excel. Which means the learning curve, and the potential to do a whole lot more, is open for as many developers and power users who want to explore