Launch Center Pro 2.0 For iPhone Arrives With iOS 7 Redesign

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Today Contrast (formerly called App Cubby and maker of Perfect Weather) released Launch Center Pro 2.0 for iPhone with a new interface and app icon for iOS 7. If you aren’t familiar with Launch Center Pro, here’s the basic rundown: it’s a tool for quickly launching common actions in one place.

Ok, still confused? I’ll let Contrast explain it better:

It’s like speed dial for anything you do with your iPhone or iPod Touch. Create one-tap shortcuts straight to the feature you need inside of your apps.

Message a loved one, search Yelp for the nearest coffee shop, jump straight to the camera in Instagram, all with just a flick of your thumb. Create shortcuts for email, Safari, phone or FaceTime calls, Google searches, and more. If you do it on your phone constantly, Launch Center Pro will make it easier and faster.

So if you email someone on a regular basis, you can create an action called “Email [insert person’s name,” add a picture, and create a shortcut in Launch Center Pro. For the more technically minded, the app uses iOS URL schemes to chain apps together. But the great thing is that most of the URL stuff is done in the background, and you just have to choose which apps you want to tie to which actions. URL schemes are how it’s possible to add an event to Fantastical within Launch Center Pro, for example.

I’ve tried using older versions of this app in the past, but it never really stuck. After playing around with today’s 2.0 update, I’m definitely going to give it another try. I’m particularly interested in what can be done with Dropbox. There’s an action that allows you to upload the last taken photo and copy its shareable link to your clipboard—all with one tap! That’s pretty cool. For a much more extensive review of Launch Center Pro 2.0, including some workflow ideas, check out the extensive review over at MacStories.

Launch Center Pro 2.0 is available as a free update to existing users. The app costs $5 up front.

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  • al friede

    alex, will this allow you to setup an app to be controlled from the launch screen or from control center? basically, i want to be able to control my garage door opener app without having to type in my password, bring up the app, wait for the app to load, then tap. if i can move the app to control center and just swipe up and tap – that’s what i’m looking for!

    thx

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