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Now if they would just make the interface less bad, it would be great.

Tasker already got my money, but I don't use it because figuring out new things to try to do with it is clunky at best, user-hostile at worst.
 
+John Lieske I am in the same exact boat as you. They already got my money... but It is a pain to figure out.
 
I struggle to make tasker work as well. I'm sure someone gets it, but I don't. Just last night I tried to make it simply turn off the sound and screen if I placed it face down on a table and turn it on when I pick it up. I figured out a dozen ways to make it almost work.
 
Oh, I've gotten Tasker to work before. When it works, that's cool. But the interface offers no way to do anything elegantly or with the push of a button. In a lot of ways it reminds me of when I installed Slackware for the first time 15 years ago-- neat, but not much I can do with it until I invest a bunch of time learning it (without the benefit of utility outside of normal use). As soon as jobs start showing up with "knows Tasker really well" in the job description, I'll think about it.
 
Yeah, or I could install the Tasker beta app factory. Not interested. If I'm going to develop something to do a specific action, then I'll just work it out in native code instead of using Tasker as an interpreter. If the interpreter were user-friendly, then it might be worth it.

As such, I can't recommend Tasker to anyone unless they have 1. $7 USD to blow for marginal benefit, or 2. a bunch of time to waste learning a new system within a system that if you don't get bored of will lead to recreating the wheel over and over with useless "tasks".

Tasker is a great idea-- almost like an AutoIT or AutoHotkeys for Android-- that has a really cruddy interface. Even if they just took ICS or JB design guidelines and applied it to the app there would be a 100% improvement.
 
+Jonas Petersson - By the way, thanks. I'll take a look. The screenshots seem to show a much more streamlined interface. When I have time I'll check it out and decide. I see there are other apps listed as well, so I may check them out as well.
 
The UI is sooooo difficult. I'm back on the app if they make it smoother. They could also include some pre installed templates we could modify. Go guys!! #Tasker
 
Pretty cool stuff, +Jonas Petersson. I'm all about apps that are actually useful, and I admit I'm a harsh critic. I've tried a bunch of different types of apps for different types of activities, but I regularly use maybe a dozen or so. If an app is well thought out and useful, I'll sing its praises even if it does something crazy simple (like the JOT! app I talked about on my stream).
 
+Tasker is a great and very versatile tool. The interface grew through the years, that's why it seems so hard to understand. I hope, they'll revamp it soon.
 
It's not versatile if it's not usable.
 
I bought Tasker years ago, but until they overhaul the interface, I won't use it.
 
I've been hearing good things about Tasker. I've installed Llama, which is very easy to setup and use (and it's FREE!), so I haven't had much use for any other automation app. Maybe I'll try it, but not for $6.
 
Fix the interface than I'll spend my money , until than nothing
 
Look at Smart Actions. A clean interface with clear controls and switches. Tasker's interface was good... When android was still called Eclair, and the OS resembled that same cluttered mess.
 
Wow, I've been wanting something like tasker, but after reading the comments on this post, I'll wait.
 
I honestly do not think the Interface is bad from a usability standpoint. Theres a bunch of example tasks one can copy and once you did that, you are going to come up with your own stuff. 
 
My issue with Tasker was that variables weren't holding their values whenever android closed tasker due to memory.

Ended up having to write values to a file and check them there... felt too much like work. Was... tedious.

But otherwise I liked the functionality.
 
The interface itself isn't bad, just ugly.  It's discoverability that's unbelievable.  If you don't know what the options do, you're going to have trouble finding them, to say the least.
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