Anyone’s dream is for your computer to work for you. That is possible, to some extent, thanks to services like IFTTT, which automate certain tasks by doing them for you.
For those who are not familiar with IFTTT, say that it is a web service that connects actions with other online services or services among themselves. Its objective is to carry out automatic actions that you usually do regularly so that you will save time and be more productive. There are many examples, but to name a few, IFTTT allows you to move files from Dropbox to Google Drive or vice versa, copy your photos from Instagram or Facebook to Dropbox or Drive as a backup or send your important Gmail messages to Evernote, between many other possible combinations.
In the list of alternatives to IFTTT stands out a specific web application, Zapier. It currently contains a whopping almost 250 compatible web services, among which you’ll find Evernote, Facebook, Twitter, Google Calendar, Trello, Gmail, Dropbox, Paypal, MailChimp and many more. As with IFTTT, you can combine them all together creating very useful synergies to make you more productive, freeing yourself from repetitive tasks such as moving files between online storage services, sending automatic emails, create a PDF document with data from a certain service, add an event to your online calendars when creating it from one, etc. By default, Zapier is free, although to perform more than 100 tasks per month and create more than five types of tasks, you will need a paid account.
Following in the footsteps of IFTTT and Zapier comes We-Wired Web, a service that is currently in the Beta phase but that promises to live up to its predecessors. Among other compatible services, Dropbox, Evernote, Facebook, Delicious, Blogger, 500px, Flickr, Google Drive, LinkedIn, Pocket, or SoundCloud stand out. Its editor is very easy to use, with two columns full of services that are combined by dragging and dropping them to the two blank spaces in the center of the screen. Once combined, you will have many options to customize the generated task. Another interesting detail is that you can recommend new services to add to We-Wired Web.
In third place, we find itDuzzit, compatible with more than 100 applications and services, among which we find the services of Google, Yammer, Zoho, Blogger, Dropbox, Bitly, Flickr, CrashPlan, MailChimp, JIRA or Microsoft Dynamics. On this occasion, itDuzzit bets more on services focused on the company than on the average user, with clear professional services. As in the previous cases, you can create a free account limited to 20 transactions and 30 notifications per month or make use of paid accounts. Its task editor is somewhat more complex than IFTTT or Zapper, which also means creating more advanced and customizable rules to the maximum.
A service to complement IFTTT or replace it if you only need to work with files is Wappwolf, a tool that creates tasks centered on Dropbox, Google Drive, and Box. Specifically, you can upload files from your online storage accounts to Facebook, Twitter, Evernote, or Skydrive, convert PDF documents, add effects to photos or encrypt files so that they are safe from outside eyes. After giving Wappwolf permission to access your Dropbox, Drive, or Box space, a specific Wappwolf folder will be created where the created web configurable tasks will be executed.… Read More