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Do Tools from IFTTT – cool online service gives us some mobile tools to play with. But what a mess! Freeware]

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We’ve talked about the very cool IFTTT (if this, then that) service before, with its cool mix of automated recipes which you can use to automate parts of your life. The idea is you can set up a recipe to, say, send an alert to your phone if snow is coming, based on a reading of the weather reports, and once the recipe is set up, it just runs automatically every day for you. Neat. Now the company is offering some new toys to play with.

There are three new tools, Do Note, Do Button and Do Camera, each of which offers a particular flavor of automation from your mobile phone. The idea is you install any or all of these apps on your phone and can then make use of the cool automation features, which all take advantage of IFTTT’s infrastructure.

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So for Do Note, you can set up things like automatically email yourself a note with one button press, or create and enter a calendar event on the move with one click. The idea is great, but unfortunately the developers have really messed up on the user interface. Rather like IFTTT itself, the interface is a story of ‘almost, but not quite right’.

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For one thing setting up the tools is a confusing mess of pages which don’t mean much and which lead you to a never ending cycle of frustration. Just give me a set up page with tick boxes and a menu of my final choices please. And how are you supposed to access different ones of your three recipes again? Disaster.

So, while we’re a fan of IFTTT as a service (we use it all the time), this latest product line is horrible. Awesome idea, but horribly implemented. They need to get a decent UI team in there. Fast. I’m not even going to waste my time running through the other two tools. Sorry.

Nigel is the managing editor of the Red Ferret, as well as a freelance columnist for the Sunday Times newspaper in London. Loves tech and fancies himself as a bit of a futurist, but then don’t we all?

Nigel – who has written posts on The Red Ferret Journal.


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