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Workflow

Automate things you do every day on your iPhone/iPad

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Ari Weinstein@arix · Founder, Workflow
@conradev, @nickfrey, @vral, and I built Workflow because we wanted a better way to get things done on our iOS devices. We have a long way to go, but we're so excited to release the first version of the app to the world today. I can't wait to see what you do with it.
ddrt@ddrt
@arix @conradev @nickfrey @vral "We have a long way to go" With this sentiment in mind, I'm wondering why the base price is $2.99?
Ari Weinstein@arix · Founder, Workflow
@ddrt @conradev @nickfrey @vral Well, that was almost two and a half years ago! The paid app model has worked pretty well for us so far, though it's probably not an enduring model. We've heard from many of our users that at $2.99, the app is severely under-priced - people who use Workflow to save time in their life or automate parts of their businesses get a crazy amount of value out of the product.
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Ari Weinstein
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@arix · Founder, Workflow
@conradev, @nickfrey, @vral, and I built Workflow because we wanted a better way to get things done on our iOS devices. We have a long way to go, but we're so excited to release the first version of the app to the world today. I can't wait to see what you do with it.
ddrt@ddrt
@arix @conradev @nickfrey @vral "We have a long way to go" With this sentiment in mind, I'm wondering why the base price is $2.99?
Ari Weinstein
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@arix · Founder, Workflow
@ddrt @conradev @nickfrey @vral Well, that was almost two and a half years ago! The paid app model has worked pretty well for us so far, though it's probably not an enduring model. We've heard from many of our users that at $2.99, the app is severely under-priced - people who use Workflow to save time in their life or automate parts of their businesses get a crazy amount of value out of the product.
Ⓜatt hartman@matthartman · partner @betaworks
Workflow is really cool. It's reminiscent of IFTTT in that it lets you tie together apis from apps in a way that tends to be reserved for developers. There are two subtle features that could be really powerful. The first is the ability to share a workflow with someone else. Hopefully this means that over time, you won't have to create your own workflow, but just customize it to your exact needs. The second is that the workflows don't have to be triggered from within the app. You can turn workflows into action extensions (which means they can be triggered by actions within another app), and you can add them to your homescreen. Macro-fying inter-app actions, and making them available exactly where and when you need them, can create some pretty interesting interactions. Most of the limitations I've found are functions of the apps themselves not making certain fields available. For example, I'd love to create a workflow that pulls the contact from my next meeting and opens up that person's profile in LinkedIn. However, the contacts app doesn't make that particular field (name of the person in the meeting) available. I think this will change over time as developers increasingly see the value of deep linking / inter-app api's. In the short term, I'd love to see more app integrations. For example, when @StevenTheApp recognizes that I'm home, I'd like to trigger the workflow that opens @Spotify and puts on my "I'm at home" playlist, which I'll then stream to my AppleTV. However, neither the Steven app, nor Spotify currently have workflows available. @arix is this a function of Steven & Spotify not having deeplink apis, or does Workflow just manually have to add them? Very curious to see what people come up with.
Ari Weinstein
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@arix · Founder, Workflow
@MattHartman Awesome, thanks Matt - great thoughts here! I haven't looked in depth but these are both probably things we can add. Will check it out.
Dave Fontenot@davefontenot · Founder, HackMatch
Less than a year ago, @arix, @conradev, @nickfrey, and @vral built the first version of workflow at MHacks and won first place. The hackathon was just the start. They dropped out to continue building Workflow and now it's the top of the paid app store. Crazy to see the founders execute on their vision so swiftly. If I was an investor, I'd throw all my money at this team right now before it's too late.
Ryan Hoover@rrhoover · Founder, Product Hunt
Congrats, @arix and team. Young makers like yourself impress me. :) Where'd this idea come from? P.S. we recorded a Product Hunt Radio episode with Ari a few months back. Listen here.
aalndy@aalndy · Software Engineer
This is awesome. What are examples of really useful workflows?
maksymilian ekes@maksymiliane · CEO & FOUNDER
@aalndy i wanted to ask the same question!