Actions for iPad
By Usefool Apps
Open iTunes to buy and download apps.
**NEW: fire cross-application command-sequences with a single tap!(with Flows, 2.99)*
• Featured in AppStore's Best of 2012 and Editor's Choice in several countries •
Actions transforms your device in a smart and customizable controller for your Mac or PC, revolutionizing the axioms of computer interaction.
Drop the uneffective experience of navigating menus or learning always new and abstruse shortcuts, touch your workflow and keep focus on your task.
With Actions your most used commands are always at reach, in the form of a button, and the right ones are automatically served to you in the right context.
Change app from you iPad or computer and you will always get the right set of actions for your current application.
Compose your own sets for any software using the many action types available, such as shortcuts, system or media commands, snippets and much more. Customize them with different colors and icons. (+900!)
Love the easy way? Load entire sets or single software actions from the many presets available.
Actions covers universal and professional needs. It can both improve your workflow with hi-end software and day to day activities involving email clients and browsers; or even idly control iTunes or Vlc remotely from the warm side of your couch.
Embrace the new and step into the future of computer interaction.
Compose your palette choosing from a wide variety of actions:
• system commands
• media controls
• windows handling
• launch webpages
• create email templates
• text snippets
• Mac & Win compatibility
• Wi-fi syncing with auto-reconnection
• Works in landscape and portrait
• Organize your actions in Sets and Subsets
• Highly customizable (Sizes, Colors & Icons)
• 900 icons to choose from for your touchpads
• Multitouch gestures for most used actions
• Automatic set switching
• Target actions to a specific app
• Backup and exchange your sets with your friends
• Dropbox Sync
• Built in presets for the most popular applications, such as:
Ableton Live, Adobe After Effects, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Indesign, Adobe Lightroom, Adobe Photoshop, Aperture, Evernote, Excel, Internet Explorer, Final Cut, Finder, Firefox, Garageband, Chrome, iCal, iMovie, iPhoto, iTunes, Keynote, Logic Pro, Mail, Notes, Numbers, Outlook, Pages, Pixelmator, Powerpoint, Reeder, Reminders, Safari, TextEdit, Vlc, Word, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows Media Player
*IMPORTANT NOTE: Not all listed presets are available for both Mac and Windows platforms
- Mac OS X Snow Leopard/Lion/Mountain Lion
- Windows XP/Vista/Windows 7/Windows 8 beta support (running iTunes)
- iPad and computer must be on the same Wi-Fi network
What's New in Version 1.1.0
LOTS OF NEW FEATURES!!!
• Updated style and color
• Sequence multiple actions in a single button (Flows)
• A new action type, Wait (only with Flows purchase)
• Move between sets and subsets without leaving edit mode
• Duplicate action with a 2 fingers long press
• Move action between sets
• Lock sets on the fly (deactivate magnets)
• Automatic target/magnet selection
I like how well this app utilizes the intuitiveness of the touch interface to replace those otherwise clumsy and complicated keyboard commands, something very common in graphics processing software. It is however lacking support for tasks that normally would be performed better with a pointing device (navigation, highlighting items, etc.), and being unable to input text from the iPad without relying on snippets is somewhat unnatural. iTunes support isn't that useful either, considering that Apple already provides the iTunes remote that is more capable and intuitive, allowing me to actually navigate through my library and playlists.
Although I haven't decided on whether to pay to use Flows or not, I can see that it has the potential to become a touch-oriented Automator if it gains more customizable actions, as well as features for power users such as AppleScript, and also better support on batch file processing. This is just my first impression after trying the app for a few hours, but I start to think that it might be a good idea for Apple to actually expand on this concept and make a similar iPad app, combining the productivity of Automator with the intuitiveness of the iPad.
App designers take notice!
To all app designers: You now have an app that will both inspire your next user interface and simplify the workflow while you design it.
I have purchased similar apps in an effort visually streamline my workflow within a variety of desktop design applications and this is certainly my favorite. An excellent example of how to execute an otherwise boring productivity app by applying the simple and often ignored principle of form and function. I immediately appreciated the seamless communication between my computer and my iPad as well. I hope this app continues to evolve with a user community feature that offers the ability for users to search, upload, download, rate, and bookmark pre-developed categorized user actions. Also, is it possible to create a Bluetooth connectivity option when wifi is not available?
A Great Remote For PC
Although I can control my PC remotely with another app, I was looking for a simple, touch-of-a-button solution for use at home. Actions certainly provides that. Being able to use keyboard shortcuts makes it possible to do nearly everything after a little bit of setup. For instance, when I am streaming a movie over DLNA to my TV, I want my PC to be on a power saving plan but sometimes forget to make the switch. After creating a shortcut for it and assigning a hotkey, now I just press a button and it's all taken care of. As for possible improvements, Bluetooth support and maybe an iPhone version would be nice to have. But other than that, thanks for this amazing app and keep up the good work.