If This Then That, one of the best automation tools out there, is getting a big overhaul today that changes some of the fundamental ways the service works. The biggest change comes in rebranding its recipe system so it now allows one trigger to connect to multiple services. As far as branding is concerned, recipes are replaced with “applets”. These applets now have the potential to be much more powerful than recipes. Where recipes were always limited in that you could only connect one single service to one other service (if this, then that), applets can now connect multiple services together (if this, then that, that and that). For example, if you wanted to make a recipe where you’d send an email to one service that triggers a Wi-Fi light bulb to turn yellow and your Nest Thermostat to drop to 25C, you’d need to use two separate recipes. Now that’s possible in one applet.
There’s a big catch though: Only service providers can create these multi-action applets right now. That means you’ll have to wait for the likes of Nest, Amazon, or Lifx to make applets if you want those multiple functions. There’s a new tier supposedly coming to individual users in 2017 that will allow users to create these applets, though we’ll have to wait to see exactly how that works. You can still make your own “if this then that” recipes that link two services together, but they’re called applets now.
On top of the new applet system, the three Do apps, Do Camera, Do Button and Do Notebook, are all consolidated back into the main IFTTT apps on Android and iPhone.
Meet the New IFTTT [IFTTT]
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