If This Then That
IFTTT is a respected web-service that has been around for a while now, and has published apps on both iOS and Android. IFTTT is an abbreviation of “If This Then That”, a statement used in computer programming that lets you execute something when a given condition is true.
The IFTTT service lets you create recipes – simple conditional statements – that execute when something you want happens. For example, if you receive an email from your mother or get tagged on Facebook, you can use the “IF” app to automatically archive these messages or save them to Dropbox.
IFTTT recently launched a trio of Do apps to go along with the IFTTT iOS app, which, incidentally, it has now rebranded as “IF”. The three apps – the Do Button app, the Do Camera app and the Do Note app – are all meant to help you save time and perform your favorite tasks faster.
So what are these apps exactly, and should you be excited about them? If you have used IFTTT before, you are going to love these.
The Do Button App
The Do Button app is very simple to use and features an elegant design, with a large button that occupies the center of the screen. All you need to do is open up the app and tap the button to perform an action of your choice, which will depend on the recipe you have chosen. There are many, many custom recipes you can create, and all of them are very useful.
For instance, you can use the Do Button to quickly send a text message to your family, telling them you’re almost at home or to quickly clock-in your office hours. The Do Button app also lets you control the internet-connected world around you. Do you happen to own a set of Phillips Hue lights? The Do Button can be set to turn them on and off, or turn them on automatically when you are near them.
Do you own a Nest Thermostat? The Do Button can be configured to automatically set it at a certain temperature. Do you have a coffee maker that’s connected to the net? Your Do Button will even turn that on and, essentially, make your coffee for you.
The Do Camera App
The Do Camera app looks just like the Do Button app, but is designed to help you get more out of the stock camera app. The Do Camera will let you automate several pictures-related tasks, saving you a lot of precious time.
Do you share photos with your family and friends regularly? The Do Camera app can be configured to send photos to them automatically over email. Do you use Evernote to keep tabs of your expenses and store pictures of receipts and bills on it? Do Camera will post your pictures automatically to Evernote.
You can even get the app to automatically upload your photos to several social media accounts in one tap.
The Do Note App
The Do Note app is just like Do Button and Do Camera, except it’s designed for, you guessed it, notes. This app should prove to be very useful to everyday social media users.
The Do Note app is capable of letting you post to your favorite social media account, like Facebook, with just a single tap of the button. You can use it post to Evernote, without the usual intermediary steps, or tweet to Twitter with a tap.
The app will let you create lists, add items to spreadsheets and act as a virtual planner of sorts too by letting you create events on your calendar – and it’s much easier to use than most of the other specialized apps out there. Apart from saving notes, you can also configure the app to share them.
Conclusion – Should You Get the Do Trio of Apps?
You should get them, yes, if you perform certain tasks, like email your boss, regularly. You don’t need to get all three – just get the one that sounds most useful to you. At the moment, these apps will only let you create up to 3 customizable recipes. To switch between these recipes, you just have to swipe to the right to open up a new screen and new button.
The Do trio of apps works in the background and eliminates several of the usual steps when you open up and app or post something. With apps getting increasingly complicated, these apps should come as a breath of fresh because of their simplicity and usefulness.