Time Zones Are No Match for Launch Center Pro

120! That's the number of apps I currently have installed on my iPhone (after culling quite a few). To some, that may seem like an inordinate amount. To others, e mere drop in the ocean of apps. Personally, I feel it's a tad much and have been trying — for some time now — to consolidate both apps and workflows as much as possible in order to bring that number further down.

In many cases, the culprits are apps that serve a single purpose and with such a narrow scope that I use them once or maybe twice a month (sometimes even less). One such case is synchronize. This app allows me to quickly see what time it is in a particular country — essential when you have friends spread out across different continents. Fortunately though, this is one of those cases that I can quite easily solve with an app I use every day and a web service.

The Nitty Gritty

The star of this simple workflow is a small site called time.is. Using a rather simple urls, I'm able t:

There's plenty more to the site and I recommend a visit. Personally though, that's enough to replicate the features I used in synchronize.

As you may have already guessed by the title of the post, this workflow's enabler is Launch Center Pro. I'll leverage LCP's list feature and prompt in order to get the desired results.

For the first part — current time in another locale — I created an action with a list of locations:

http://time.is/[list:Location|Bangkok=Bangkok|Curitiba=Curitiba|Stockholm=Stockholm|Calgary=Calgary]

Tap here to install on your iOS device

This will prompt me to choose the desire country and then whisk me away to Safari to show me what I need to see.

The second part — the time shift between my various locales — I created another action with a simple prompt-num. Remember that time is always in military format, as in 1500 for 3pm.

http://time.is/[prompt-num:Time]_in_Leiria/Bangkok/Curitiba/Stockholm/Calgary

Tap here to install on your iOS device.

This particular action will prompt me for the time and then show me the time shift with the locations I've choosen.

There you have it. With a very simple action and a useful website, I have one less app on my iPhone.