I’m a little late to the party, but I am enjoying Launch Center Pro, which is currently on sale for $3 (normally $5). This new Pro version, which replaces App Cubby’s older Launch Center app, also focuses on quickly launching apps and actions – but with a much friendlier user interface. Instead of a list […]
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Forget Spotlight, Try Launch Center Pro for iPhone

I’m a little late to the party, but I am enjoying Launch Center Pro, which is currently on sale for $3 (normally $5). This new Pro version, which replaces App Cubby’s older Launch Center app, also focuses on quickly launching apps and actions – but with a much friendlier user interface. Instead of a list of actions, Launch Center Pro provides you with a 4×3 grid, upon which you are free to place either actions (e.g. Launch app, set brightness) or groups (i.e. folders for actions). Tapping on an action will activate it, and tapping-and-holding on a folder will open it up.

Once you’ve got your actions laid out, Launch Center Pro is one of the finger-friendliest apps out there. In fact, it’s so well laid out that you’ll probably be able to commit certain actions to memory, and use the app without looking at your screen (great for quick phone calls).

I’m still getting used to Launch Center Pro for messaging and calling, but I’m loving it for initiating quick searches. I’ve got custom searches set up for Yelp, Google, IMDB, Twitter (via Tweetbot), and the App Store. Spotlight is nice, but this setup is definitely better.

The only downside to this app really comes from the limitations from Apple’s sandboxing of iOS apps. I can use Launch Center Pro to quickly create tasks in Things or reminders in Due, but only because these apps support the URL schemes for these actions. If a given app doesn’t provide the developers at AppCubby with the URL schemes, then Launch Center Pro won’t be able to play nicely with them. Luckily, there’s a growing list of supported apps that you can check out on the Launch Center Pro website.

If carrying phone actions out as quickly as possible is your cup of tea, here’s the App Store link for Launch Center Pro.

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