Launch Cen­ter Pro

Save time on com­plex ac­tions

Mac Format - - RATED -

£3.99 De­vel­oper Con­trast, con­trast.co

Works with iPhone, iPod touch, iPad Version 2.6.1

This app lets you cre­ate your own shortcuts for do­ing things on iOS – it can sim­ply launch apps for you, but it can also per­form com­plex ac­tions within those apps, queue­ing up com­mon tasks for you, es­sen­tially. (Com­pat­i­ble apps and ac­tions are listed at http://ac­tions.con­trast.co)

You can ac­cess th­ese shortcuts ei­ther within the app it­self, where they’re pre­sented in a grid; or you can trig­ger them through the app’s wid­get in To­day view; or us­ing 3D Touch on com­pat­i­ble iPhones. Some can also be ac­ti­vated by lo­ca­tion or through other trig­gers. Launch Cen­ter Pro is also mas­sively ex­pand­able thanks to in­te­gra­tion with IFTTT (http://bit.ly/MFLCPro). Ba­si­cally, it’s there to make cer­tain tasks eas­ier to do on iOS.

At least, that’s the plan. Launch Cen­ter Pro can be very daunt­ing – you might have an ac­tion in mind for it to per­form, but find­ing the right set of op­tions isn’t easy. There’s a huge num­ber of pos­si­ble ac­tions, and their cat­e­gori­sa­tion is only help­ful half the time. You also don’t build com­plex tasks in easy-to-fol­low work­flows, but rather just by choos­ing ac­tions from a list to see the app build a URL that rep­re­sents the task you spec­ify.

Still, the pos­si­bil­i­ties are huge – though the app is great even for some­thing a lit­tle smaller. We were able to add a but­ton to To­day view to get di­rec­tions back to our home us­ing Maps, and an­other to lock bright­ness to 100% for cor­rectly ex­pos­ing video. Both are help­ful, and took sec­onds to cre­ate. Matt Bolton

Though it could be friend­lier (guides are avail­able), you may find it in­valu­able once you get to grips with it.

Launch Cen­ter Pro saves a lot of time once you’re pro­fi­cient with it.

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