Launch Center Pro, developed by Contrast, has in 2011 revolutionized the way iPhone power-users dealt with their most-used apps by allowing them to create custom actions with personalized URL schemes.
As a free update for existing customers, Launch Center Pro has found it's way once again in my iPhone Dock.
After a few minutes of ordinary setup, it has already taken control of my usual workflow with easy-to-build custom actions with personalized URL schemes.
I can call with a click a favourite number, plan quickly a meeting whit the help of Fantastical, have a shared clipboard with my iMac trough Dropbox and do many other fancy stuff with a single touch.
I have for long relied only of Drafts all my text based actions, but now these two App go hand-in-hand unlocking all the creativity of an iPhone evangelist.
Besides the main iOS7-driven UI Changes, Launch Center Pro has a whole new approach to Dropbox actions. With the help of the Action Composer, users can now easily:
- Upload the last photo you’ve taken to Dropbox;
- Upload the last photo and copy its shareable link;
- Copy the contents of a text file to the clipboard;
- Copy a link to a file to the clipboard.
Launch Center Pro is about discovery. I found myself playing with the URL schemes for hours only to feel the sense of accomplishment derived by a successful action. Now you can even share them online trough the Action Composer.
I, for example have developed a quick workflow to achieve a shared Clipboard between my iMac, Macbook Air and iPhone trough Dropbox. Here are the links to install the actions on your iPhone:
- Open a Dropbox shared Text file and copy it's content in your clipboard
- Upload last Photo or Screenshot and Copy it's Dropbox Public Link
- Prepend Clipboard Text to Dropbox File
I'm glad that* Launch Center Pro* is back in my dock, and Dropbox backups make me think there will be soon an iPad version of this wonderful utility. I'm looking forward for Droplr based actions, but I think there is still no URL Scheme to be used. I hope that Contrast has plans for the near future, because I'm expecting more and more great actions and functionalities with the next updates.
Launch Center Pro 2.0 is available on the App Store for just $ 4,99.