Profluence lets you assign Workflow automation to Activator gestures


Workflow, the powerful automation app available on the App Store, is extremely popular right now, and for good reason. It’s one of the first apps that brings true power-user features to the iPhone in an easy to digest package, and it capitalizes on the openness brought to the fore by iOS 8.

In fact, yesterday, our own Timothy Reavis posted an article to showcase 10 popular workflows. In his post, he highlights ways to view source code, shorten URLs, scan QR codes, and more—all with Workflow.

In and of itself, Workflow is a powerful app. But how much more powerful could it be if it were able to work closer together with Activator for jailbroken iPhones? Profluence, a brand new tweak that lets you invoke Workflow automation by means of an Activator gesture, helps to answer the question.

After installing Profluence, you’ll need to venture over to the stock Settings app to find the tweak’s preferences. Inside the preferences, you’ll find all of the workflows that you have created under the Listeners heading. If you find that one of your recent workflows isn’t showing up, you can always tap the Update Listeners button to refresh the list.

To assign an Activator gesture to a workflow, tap the workflow that you wish to use, and tap the Activator gesture that you want to assign to the workflow. For my Combine workflow, which takes the last two screenshots, combines then horizontally, resizes the final image, and uploads to Dropbox, I assigned a simple double-tap status bar gesture.

Invoking a workflow by means of Activator will launch the Workflow app and progress through each step of the workflow like normal. The main difference here is that you no longer need to open the app first, or tap a shortcut icon on your Home screen to launch automation. Now, whenever I want to upload a combined screenshot to my Dropbox account, I simply take two screenshots, and double-tap the status bar.

Workflow is currently $2.99 on the App Store, and Profluence is $0.99 on the BigBoss repo. Profluence is a combination of what are arguably the two most powerful tools on both sides of the fence, the Cydia Store and App Store.

What do you think?