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The principles of “If-Then” logic can make you productive How Using "If-Then" Logic Can Help You Reach Your Goals How Using "If-Then" Logic Can Help You Reach Your Goals We set resolutions for the new year with good intentions. It's all about self-improvement. But intentions aren't enough. To follow through, you need a plan of action. Read More . IFTTT, or If This Then That, applies the same principles to connect web apps, iOS apps and Android apps. Now, apart from helping you connect apps, it is launching a new way to simplify actions. It’s called “Do”.

IFTTT itself has rebranded as “IF”, although it works the same as before, so you can still use our Ultimate IFTTT Guide The Ultimate IFTTT Guide: Use The Web's Most Powerful Tool Like A Pro The Ultimate IFTTT Guide: Use The Web's Most Powerful Tool Like A Pro IFTTT is an automation that will enable you to connect 2 services so that, when something happens with one service, a trigger goes off and an action takes place automatically on the other. Read More to master this powerful app. Do is a series of three apps: Do Button, Do Note and Do Camera.

It’s Still All about the Recipes

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The basics of IFTTT remain intact in the new Do apps. You need to use triggers and channels to create new recipes How To Create Your Own IFTTT Recipes For Automating Your Favorite Sites & Feeds How To Create Your Own IFTTT Recipes For Automating Your Favorite Sites & Feeds There are a few web services that can be considered "priceless" and IFTTT is one of them. The service, which stands for "if this then that" has the power to automate common tasks and help... Read More , or pick up a recipe already created and shared by someone else. The important thing is that IFTTT needs access to the services and apps you want to connect, so make sure you grant it that first.

A few things to note:

  1. Each of the Do apps have their own recipes, which you can browse or create.
  2. Each Do app can store only three recipes at a time.
  3. You can swipe between the recipes and tap to activate
  4. Although all the apps are separate, the login is the same and it uses the same activated channels across all apps

With that taken care of, let’s dive into the new apps and see what they do.

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Do Button

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Just like how Tasker and IFTTT make for the perfect automation duo on Android Tasker and IFTTT: The Perfect Automation Duo For Android Tasker and IFTTT: The Perfect Automation Duo For Android Tasker automates anything you can think of on your Android device and IFTTT automates Web services. Used together, there's nothing you can't do. Read More , the Do Button lets IFTTT pair with third-party gadgets for perfect real-life automation.

So you can set your Nest Learning Thermostat to your favourite temperature or turn the lights on and off using the Philips Hue WiFi lighting system — both of which are among the best gadgets for smart home enthusiasts 7 Gifts for the Smart Home Enthusiast in Your Life 7 Gifts for the Smart Home Enthusiast in Your Life Whether you already know a smart home enthusiast, or you just think that one of your techie friends or relatives would appreciate a little more connectedness in their life, these seven gifts will be appreciated! Read More . Since the Jawbone Up fitness band plays nice with IFTTT Jawbone UP Now Integrates With Third-Party Apps Such As IFTTT, RunKeeper & Withings [Updates] Jawbone UP Now Integrates With Third-Party Apps Such As IFTTT, RunKeeper & Withings [Updates] Jawbone, a company that develops human-centered wearable technology and audio devices, announced on Tuesday its new UP Platform for iOS. The new platform adds integration between the UP wristband and app system, which keeps track... Read More , you can let it know when you’re feeling good with a single tap. There’s really a lot you can do:

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The Do Button is the only one of the three new apps to come with a widget for Android home screens and the iOS notification center, so that you can activate any action without opening the app itself. It’s this convenience that is the highlight of the Do Button. Instead of opening different apps for all these common actions, you can do them all in one place.

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Download: Do Button for Android (Free)

Download: Do Button for iOS (Free)

Do Note

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To put it simply, Do Note is a text input field with preset one-tap buttons to specify what will happen to that text. For example, you could type a musing in the text field and then tap a button to send it to Twitter, swipe and tap another button to send it to your team’s Slack channel, and swipe and tap again to add it to a Google Spreadsheet. It’s “things you can do with the same text.”

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Most of the recipes here are either useful to bring order to your online social life 10 Of The Best IFTTT Recipes To Bring Order Into Your Online Social Life 10 Of The Best IFTTT Recipes To Bring Order Into Your Online Social Life Tell yourself how many minutes of the day you give to the time sink that goes by the name of Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, or any other. The minutes add up. Wouldn't it be wonderful to... Read More or to collaborate with others efficiently 7 IFTTT Recipes You Should Set Up For Easy Collaboration With Others 7 IFTTT Recipes You Should Set Up For Easy Collaboration With Others When you are collaborating with others, IFTTT offers even more opportunities to automate and simplify the process of working with others. Here are 7 useful recipes for project you're managing with someone else. Read More . In fact, hooking up Do Note to a great word processor or online note service would make it easy to maintain and write a daily journal for a year How To Keep Writing Daily Journal Or Diary Entries For A Year How To Keep Writing Daily Journal Or Diary Entries For A Year The start of a new year is a great time to begin keeping a journal or diary, but the challenge lies in keeping up your new daily journal writing habit. Read More .

Download: Do Note for Android (Free)

Download: Do Note for iOS (Free)

Do Camera

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As the name indicates, this one is all about the snapper on your phone. We’ve talked about how your smartphone camera can make life easier 10 Ways Your Smartphone Camera Can Make Life Easier 10 Ways Your Smartphone Camera Can Make Life Easier "Does your phone have a camera on it?" said no one since 2005. Nobody even asks how many megapixels your phone's camera has anymore. With the ubiquity of smartphones today, and the resolution of the... Read More , but Do Camera takes this to a whole new level.

Again the process is similar to Do Note, where you can take a photo and then tap three different buttons to apply three different automated actions with that image. It’s “things you can do with the same photo.”

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One of the most creative uses of this is to maintain a record in Google Calendar of when and where you received a business card. Or if you don’t like Evernote’s digital version of post-it notes Evernote Brings Post-it Notes Into The Online Note-Taking Platform Evernote Brings Post-it Notes Into The Online Note-Taking Platform Read More , you can use physical post-it notes and take a photo to upload them to a Dropbox folder. Like with anything else in IFTTT, the actions are only as far as your imagination will go.

Download: Do Camera for Android (Free)

Download: Do Camera for iOS (Free)

What Do You Think of These Apps?

These are only some of the useful recipes available on the Do apps. If you’ve created your own or found a great recipe, please share it in the comments, we’d love to see what you came up with!

  1. Rex
    February 25, 2015 at 12:51 pm

    You could have these apps on your desktop if you're prepared to run an emulator like bluestacks.

    • Mihir Patkar
      February 25, 2015 at 12:54 pm

      True, but then you'd be limited to the functions of your Bluestacks app. Fine for buttons related to web services, but not for phone services.

  2. DonGateley
    February 22, 2015 at 7:14 pm

    Is there any way to get the Do Button function on a PC? I'd love to have a folder of icons that function as Do Buttons by clicking on them in Explorer.

    If that can be done without too much esoteria it would make a great IFTTT article for MUO.

    • Mihir Patkar
      February 23, 2015 at 3:43 am

      Sorry no, these are only mobile apps at the moment :)

    • Phil
      February 25, 2015 at 4:26 pm

      Yes, there's a way: use windows script host to send yourself an email through gmail, and then use an IFTTT recipe that triggers on the gmail contents (e.g. subject is turn lights on).

      Your action can then be anything (e.g. Philips Hue or Lifx channel to turn on lights). It isn't instant (gmail triggers usually take a few seconds to show up in IFTTT), but it is workable: I have a few script icons on my desktop to turn the lights on/off.

    • DonGateley
      February 25, 2015 at 8:46 pm

      Very clever, Phil. Thanks. I'm not yet familiar with "windows script host". Could you provide a working example script and tell how to invoke it?

      • Hjulle
        December 18, 2015 at 7:46 am

        There is an easier way. Use the maker channel (https://ifttt.com/maker) to get a URL for triggering recipes. Then bookmark the URLs and/or make desktop links to them.

        The URLs for triggering will be of the format https://maker.ifttt.com/trigger/{name_of_event}/with/key/{your_secret_key}.

  3. ReadandShare
    February 22, 2015 at 5:10 pm

    Still waiting for a "IF OneDrive, Then..." recipes. I strongly suspect they still don't exist because of Microsoft's doing -- and not because of IFTTT. Sigh...

    • Mihir Patkar
      February 23, 2015 at 3:43 am

      Wow, I never noticed that OneDrive wasn't supported in IFTTT till you mentioned it. Shows how much I use it, I guess :D

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