Thanks @RosemaryOrchard for creating this Category!
@adamtow I was pestering you with questions in your announcement thread, and I thought it might be useful to describe how I am imagine I might use MFC Deck.
What excited me about your initial demo was the idea of using Shortcuts to create my own functional, useful Widgets in iOS 14. To me, what would make this Widgets useful is that they would be constantly updated, reflecting data from some local or remote source, such as the Health app or Dropbox.
So I gravitated toward the Battery Level example, because it seemed to be doing exactly what I wanted. In the course of playing with it though, I learned the hard way that there was a difference between “refreshing” a widget, and re-running the Shortcut that drives it. I noticed this with Battery Level when the battery percentage would update without the icon or tile color updating.
I now understand why this work, but I’m still not sure how, under iOS 14, I would have my own Widgets that refer to my own data sources update on a regular basis. Am I going to have to manually set up Personal Automations to run MFC Deck Autocuts every hour?
The other thing that really slowed my exploration of MFCD is the ubiquity and primacy of Tags. I don’t understand what Tags do for me, or why I constantly feel like I need to administrate them. I just want to make some Widgets. Why all the Tags? I wonder if there’s a way to de-prioritize them in the UX, so that their power is still available to those who understand them, but that they don’t get in the way of new users trying to learn the basics?
I would like to create Widgets that can report on files changing on Dropbox and iCloud drive. For example, I imagine creating a Widget that monitors the log files generated by Adobe After Effects when it’s rendering, showing me the status of the render.
I also like the idea of using Widgets as a launcher for Shortcuts, where the Tiles can show useful data about the last run of the Shortcut. For example, I’d love to launch my Caff Life Shortcut from a Tile that shows my current estimated blood caffeine level, which is calculated by a separate Shortcut. I have the latter part working, but again I’m stuck at trying to figure out how to have it automatically update.
I hope this helps give you a sense of what excited me about your amazing app, and maybe provides you with some opportunities to help guide my experimentation.