Widgetize Your Shortcuts!
MFC Deck widgetizes your shortcuts in a dynamic control deck, in Siri voice responses, on your Apple Watch, and (coming soon) in iOS 14 Home screen widgets.
A single shortcut can display different information depending on its context. For instance, the screenshot below features the same weather shortcut displaying its card in MFC Deck, Siri, Apple Watch, and small, medium, and large sizes.
MFC Deck has many features to extend the functionality and power of your shortcuts on iOS, including:
- Cards: Display your shortcuts in MFC Deck as cards in three sizes (small, medium, and large).
- Decks: Create multiple collections of cards in nest-able decks.
- Card Actions: Tapping on a card can perform a number of actions, including running shortcuts with parameters, switching decks, and opening URLs. Multiple cards can run the same shortcut with different input parameters.
- Presentation: Display your cards visually the same way across MFC Deck, Siri voice responses, Apple Watch, and iOS 14 Home screen widgets. Specify custom backgrounds, images, text, symbols, and even offer tappable controls. If you can write a simple HTML page, you can create great looking cards.
- Customization: Choose from a wide variety of deck layouts for displaying your cards.
- Availability: Restrict a card’s availability to certain days and times
- Rate Limiting: Set how frequently a card’s action can run in seconds, minutes, hours, or days.
- Triggers: Run shortcuts automatically when MFC Deck’s Trigger Server is activated and in the foreground.
- NFC Tags: Run multiple actions from a single NFC Tag. Create decks that map to physical NFC decks.
- Custom Actions: Control MFC Deck from your own shortcuts.
- Third-Party Tool Support: MFC Deck supports providing input for shortcuts from Data Jar, Toolbox Pro, and GizmoPack.
iOS 14 Home Screen Widget Support
Development on a version of MFC Deck with iOS 14 Home screen widget support is underway, but the feature is not contained in this public beta of MFC Deck. A future Test Flight beta will be made available for those running the iOS 14 beta.
System Requirements and Availability
MFC Deck requires iOS 13.5.1 or higher. MFC Deck also requires you have the latest version of the MFC Deck Helper shortcut be installed on your iOS device.
MFC Deck is available on Apple’s TestFlight program for public beta testing. There are two TestFlight betas:
iOS 14 TestFlight
Join this TestFlight if you are on iOS 14:
Join the MFC Deck TestFlight Public Beta for iOS 14
iOS 13 TestFlight
Join this TestFlight if you are on iOS 13:
Join the MFC Deck TestFlight Public Beta for iOS 13
During the public beta period, all features of MFC Deck will be unlocked and fully functional. Pricing for the release version has not been determined.
Efforts will be made, but there is no guarantee that the database format for MFC Deck will remain the same during the beta period. You may have to recreate your MFC Deck data during and following the testing period.
Comprehensive documentation for MFC Deck is available here:
MFC Deck Documentation
Here are some screenshots and descriptions on the kinds of cards and decks you can create using MFC Deck:
Break free from having all your shortcuts looking the same except for their color and icon. Go from this view in the Shortcuts app to these views in MFC Deck! Create a dashboard of shortcuts that display relevant and up-to-date information throughout the day.
Siri Response Cards
When you’re on the go, configure your shortcuts to present their content right within a Siri voice response — no need to leave your current app!
Learn more about the Display Card Result action and creating cards here.
MFC Deck makes working with NFC Tags easy and fun. Here are two decks that demonstrate how you can easily assign multiple actions to the same NFC tag or tags.
Below is a text editing deck that operates on the contents of the clipboard using the same Text Transform shortcut but with different input parameters.
Since running shortcuts via NFC tags can work in the background, all you have to do is tap on the tag and watch the clipboard change without leaving your current application.
The screenshot below shows a blank deck that has the same cards as the Text Editing deck. If you tapped on one of the NFC tags while this deck was active, nothing would happen. Simply assign actions to the cards on this deck, and your NFC tags instantly change their functionality.
Learn more about how MFC Deck works with NFC tags here.
Apple Watch Decks
Your cards are also available for viewing on Apple Watch. Get a look at the state of your cards with just a glance.
Learn more about how MFC Deck works with Apple Watch here.
macOS Application Decks
Control applications on your macOS computer using MFC Deck and the MFC Deck Key Command shortcut:
The screenshot below details a deck tailored for controlling the OBS Studio software for video recording and live streaming.
Below is a deck tailored to controlling the macOS Mail application.