This worked for me.
Here's what I ended up doing, based on your info.
1 Open the template you want to copy.
2 Copy the workflow ( tapping the title and tapping copy workflow)
3 Rename the existing template to something new (this will be the new copy)
4 In safari, paste into the address bar (this is what was copied in step 2) and open the URL which will give you the original template back
I think that makes it a bit more clear what is what, for anyone who may come along in the future.
That's some pretty crazy stuff, when all we need is a copy template button, but at least I can do it.
There is almost no documentation on Templates at all. It is possible to essentially turn them off, which may be why there is some confusion as to what we are actually talking about here. If you're used to creating a new blank document and then running workflows from there, then that's a totally different approach to what I'm trying to do here.
I'm all but certain there is no way to copy a template. Nor does there seem to be a way to paste a workflow into a template (either would do).
So I had to save the individual steps as presets (the ones that I wanted to copy over) and then create a new workflow one step at a time - adding the presets in order.
It's not quite as tedious as it sounds, and at least the option is there. Workflow (the app) doesn't allow you to copy actions at all, which is a major reason why I"m transition to Editorial. I'm sick of rebuilding the same functionality over and over.
The docs may be clear, but in the apps interface they are called Document Templates. The screen where you run them calls them templates. To get to the 'workflow' editor (if that is what it's called), you select 'Edit Template'. At every step of the way, they are called templates, except when you want to share or copy them, and suddenly they are called Workflows (something I've only just learned in the last hour, when I tried to do this for the first time).
So there are 2 different names for the same thing (maybe, I"m still not convinced)
The fact that the documentation, and one of the menus refers to them as Workflows, when the app itself begins by calling them Templates, is just weird.
I've never used the wrench icon. I don't know how I could have known they would be there.
I don't see what good they do me there. I would have to create a blank document first to get access to the spanner menu, which is just an extra step and creates an unnecessary extra document.
So I guess I actually am after a 'copy template' option, which it appears doesn't exist. It also doesn't seem possible to turn a workflow into a template, unless that is hidden somewhere else.
I tried downloading this workflow
Again, nothing happened at all. It asked me if I wanted to Add Workflow, and then... nothing. No new template or preset, nothing.
I have a template, which I think may be also called a workflow (some clarification on this would be good).
I want to copy it so I can make a similar template.
I can click the template name in the editor (workflow editor??) and there is a Copy Workflow option... and then what. It doesn't seem to do anything except say 'copied'. There doesn't seem to be any way to paste it anywhere, and it doesn't create a new template identical to the existing one (which would be the preferred option). It just disappears into a black hole.
I can't see anything in the documentation on this. Maybe I"m missing something really obvious, but this particular thing is not at all intuitive. What I really want is a copy template function, but there doesn't seem to be one of those.
So then I even tried sharing a workflow using the online function, and renaming the existing workflow and then downloading the original workflow to create a copy that way. But even though the workflow appeared on a website, and I clicked the install button, and it said it had added the workflow... but nothing happened. No new template, no new workflow, just nothing happening.
It seems that template and workflow are synonymous, which is unnecessarily confusing. It also seems the installing templates from the website is broken too.
Maybe I haven't communicated effectively.
Can Pythonista open .py files from Dropbox the way editorial opens text files from Dropbox?
I'm not working on complex multi-file projects, just converting relatively simple workflows from the Workflow app to Python.
Otherwise, the workflow you explained seems no simpler than what I'm already doing in Editorial.