By Chris Dressler
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Shortly is an easy-to-use utility that lets you create short URLs (Bitlinks) with your iPhone or iPad using the Bitly service. You can copy these links to the clipboard for use in other iPhone applications. Once you've created your Bitlink and pressed the button to put it on the clipboard, you can launch another application, click anywhere you can enter text and select Paste — it's that simple!
Additionally you can track the click statistics for Bitlinks you create in the app, or Bitlinks you've shortened on the Bitly website with helpful charts and metadata. There is also a Bitlink lookup tool, so you can enter in a Bitlink you've found and see who created it, including the number of global clicks it has received this week.
The app requires a Bitly account to enable the URL shortening and tracking features. If you don't have an account, signing up is easy and free. Just click on the Account tab in the app and click the button to get a new account.
There are 3D Touch actions on the app icon, so just force press the icon from your home screen to quickly jump to features within the app.
Auto Shorten feature: If you go into the Settings screen and turn this on, the Shortly app will look on the clipboard when it launches, and if it finds a valid URL there, it will automatically shorten it and place the Bitlihnk on the clipboard at the same time.
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What's New in Version 2.0
Announcing the launch of the next version of Bit.ly Tools — now called Shorty!
The app has been completely re-written from top to bottom with a focus on ease of use, an updated user interface, new system-wide Activity Extension, 3D Touch and more — all with full support for iOS 10.
This new version of the app requires a Bitly account to ensure it can accurately track your URL shortening history, allow Bitlink information lookup and enable you to see your shortened URLs on the Bitly website as well. If you don't have a Bitly account, there's a button on the Account screen in the app that takes you to the Bitly website to sign up. It's quick and free to get an account!
The new features in Shortly include:
• Brand new user interface
• Better tracking and attribution of your short URLs in your account
• New account sign in/sign up experience
• 3D Touch actions added to the app icon
• Enhanced history feature with charts
• System-wide Shorten URL app extension — shorten URLs directly from Safari
• Swipe left on a history item to quickly copy the Bitlink
• More reliable Auto Shorten to create a Bitlink from any regular link that's already on your clipboard when you launch the app
This new version has been in the works for a while and there are more features in store, in particular for history, charting and enhancements to the system-wide Shorten URL extension.
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