Released in October last year, Actions is an app that turns your iPad into a customizable remote controller for your Mac or PC. After installing the requisite server software on your desktop or laptop computer and making sure that your computer and iPad are on the same Wi-Fi network, you can transform your iPad into a controller equipped with useful action types.
These action types include (but are not limited to) shortcuts, system commands, and snippets. What’s more, they can be customized for better recognizability using different icons and colors.
As mentioned, Actions has just received a new update. And this update brings the following improvements:
- Updated style and color
- Move between sets and subsets without leaving edit mode
- Duplicate action with a 2 fingers long press
- Move action between sets
- Lock sets on the fly (deactivate magnets)
- Automatic target/magnet selection
But undoubtedly the most significant new feature introduced in the new version of Actions is Flows. Essentially, Actions’ new Flows feature lets you trigger cross-application macros or command sequences with just a single tap of a single button.
Flows is available via a $2.99 in-app purchase, which also unlocks a new action type in the form of Wait. Wait lends itself well to Flows, as in a sequence where Actions needs to wait for your input before carrying out the next command.
The new version of Actions for iPad is available now in the App Store as a free update or as a new $3.99 download. The app is compatible with iPad running iOS 5.1 or later.