Posting this topic I might run the risk of starting a topic in which some parts, but hopefully not all, might involve topics already discussed on the forum. But I can’t seem to find an existing topic that covers the “simplicity” angle
But if I’m wrong I apologize, and hope the admins will feel free to remove this topic again.
Anyway, after that short that message, here goes:
I try to use the approach of simplicity in everything I do, especially when it comes to iOS as well as macOS.
This means I use native apps whenever possible, and it’ll usually take more than a fair amount of reasons for me to ditch the native app in favor of a 3rd party app (hasn’t happened yet, to be honest).
However, having said that, lately I’ve been trying to automate with Workflow.is as much as possible - and as soon as the public iOS beta was released, my iPhone was being updated.
Naturally, this has opened my eyes to Siri Shortcuts, and already now I’m using automation in just about every situation in which it’s possible (if not entirely needed… yeah, I’ve probably gone a bit overboard on the automation train ).
Now, what I’d like to know, really, and this is where this topic might interfere with other topics:
- Why should I abandon native apps and switch to 3rd party apps
- The native apps already synchronize through iCloud
- Usually synchronization through 3rd party = $
- I already pay for iCloud space - don’t need another subscription
- Are the native apps supported in a lesser way in Workflow.is
- If so, wouldn’t that change in the Siri Shortcuts app, probably? (Maybe @RosemaryOrchard can answer that from her experience with the Shortcuts beta?)
I have been testing a tiny bit of Bear as opposed to Apple Notes, and must agree it really has some pretty awesome features that Notes does not, but still I’d like the “simplicity” of it, plus some of the 3rd party apps either require a subscription, or you need to buy the app in both iOS as well as macOS.
It’s not that I’m a cheapskate (okay, I might be… just a little bit ), but the price of an extra subscription or hundreds of DKR for an app purchase (or two) doesn’t scale up to the needs I have for the extra features.
I guess what really matters to me is; is it nice-to-have, or is it must-have? The one thing that might get me to buy an app would be if the native app is constricted regarding automation, and a 3rd party app isn’t (like I said, automation does weigh heavy on the scale, for me ) .
For a start, I’m only concerning myself with automation of my devices, ie. iPhone, Apple TV, and my MacBook, but within the next couple of months, I plan on extending the automation for 3rd party devices as well, around the house.
I really want to be absolutely sure that my automation on iOS and macOS are done (or as done as they can be), before starting on doors, windows, fans, etc.
Or maybe I should wait for a couple of months?
What do other MPU listeners do for automation regarding apps?
Oh, and if you’ve managed to read through all of that mumbo jumbo, you deserve a just for that
Have a good one