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Description

Speed up everyday tasks with simple shortcuts. It’s like speed dial for apps.

Launch Center Pro saves you time by launching complex actions in a single tap.

Message a loved one, search Yelp for the nearest coffee shop, jump straight to the camera in Instagram, all with just a flick of your thumb. Create shortcuts for email, Safari, Twitter, Facebook, phone or FaceTime calls, Google searches, and more. If you do it on your iPhone constantly, Launch Center Pro will make it easier and faster.

“Launch Center Pro is an app of verbs. Search. Shoot. Call. Text. Add... With a simple tap-and-slide, you can launch apps, perform actions and more... It's so simple and fast that before long your muscle memory takes over and you don't even have to look. ” —Dave Caolo - TUAW

“Perhaps the highest praise I can give Launch Center Pro is that it finally kicked Safari out of my dock...” —Lex Friedman - Macworld

Sample shortcuts:

- Call a loved one
- Message a GIF to a friend
- Take a photo and message it to a group
- Email your boss a report from Dropbox
- Quickly search Wikipedia
- Scan a barcode and search on Amazon
- Jump right to your favorite website
- Create a new item in OmniFocus
- Search Twitter using Tweetbot
- And so much more...

Launch Center Pro now works with over 100k apps!

For help with Launch Center or to submit feedback, please visit http://help.contrast.co

Continued use of GPS running in the background can dramatically decrease battery life. Launch Center Pro is run in the background for just a few seconds when entering or leaving an iBeacon region or geofence. If you use iBeacons or geofences and are concerned about battery life, keep an eye on the new Battery Usage section of the Settings app.

What's New

Version 2.9.2

- Fixed an issue causing icons to be reloaded frequently
- Additional bug fixes and enhancements

If you like Launch Center Pro, please take a moment to leave a review, it really helps! If not, please send your feedback to launch@contrast.co or visit http://help.contrast.co for help.

Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
79 Ratings
79 Ratings

Editors’ Choice

Everything’s faster with Launch Center Pro, a productivity app that lets you create shortcuts to quickly perform your most frequent tasks on iPad. Once you follow the simple setup, a single tap is all you need to email your boss, tweet your last photo, jump straight to a favorite website, add an entry to a journaling app, and much more.

ApexDaze

I want my $5 back

The app is broken; save your money. The functionality is inherently limited by the small number of apps that will allow Launch Center permission to access functions within the target apps. That wouldn’t be so bad, because this app could still be used to arrange and organize other apps into a “most used” list. The problem is, when you click to “add supported apps”, it loads a list of over 100,000 apps. That sounds great, except the only way to select from the list is to scroll through it, starting at A. If you want to spend the rest of your life scrolling through a list of 100k apps looking for the one you want to add, more power to you. No, there is no scroll bar on the side that you can grab to speed the process, and there’s no way to navigate alphabetically; you literally have to start at A and scroll through 100k apps... for EVERY app you want to add. That’s a deal breaker. I don’t understand how this app has such high reviews, and what the Editor’s Choice award stuff is about. I feel like I just got scammed out of $5. I’m deleting the app; it’s practically worthless.

Ken.E.

LCP IS *THE* SINGLE MOST EFFECTIVE TIME-SAVER EVER.

Thanks very much for an awesome app. I’m not very techie, so wasn’t sure if I’d be able to make this work. I had been “defeated“ by a couple of other launchers in the past.

The key for me, though, was the clean onboarding, especially the super-simple tutorial. That took hold and got me off and running. :-)

That provided me with enough positive feedback (in terms of time saved and frustration eliminated) to take it to the next level, using URL schemes. It turns out to be easier than I feared. That enabled me to add even more useful actions.

I use LCP so extensively now that I ran out of available “slots” long ago. And THAT is where the UI comes into play. It’s so simple, yet brilliantly flexible.

I now have a total of 193 actions, spread out across 8 Groups (organized according to a specific type of functionality for each Group), and including 12 actions at the main level - these are my “most used actions” so I don’t put them into a “group.”

As I continued to add actions, I needed to stretch the maximum of 19 per Group. So I started using “Lists of actions” within each group. For example, one List (using the “list:“ URL scheme) offers me the choice of the NYtimes, WSJ, or the Washington Post, taking up only 1 slot in my “news” group instead of 3.

(SIDEBAR: I even create cool little merge-icons for each List of actions. :-) )

Some lists have as many as 9 actions (e.g. photo-to-art apps). Adding lists within Groups creates a nice outliner-type hierarchy...

Main level > Groups > Lists of Actions > Actions

That lets me have a near-unlimited number of actions in LCP. And I still have room to grow since 2 of my main level action don’t “deserve” that main level (i.e., not used often enough). Putting them into a group would open new slots for 2 new groups.

Anyway, that’s probably more than the reader of this would need to know. Suffice it to say that not only is this app incredibly useful, it’s fun to watch it evolve as I recognize what I use the most, as well as adding new actions when I find new tasks that I use repeatedly and that take me a few clicks to execute manually.

Turning those into LCP actions cuts the micro-frustration down. And on that note...

LCP alone must save me 20 minutes per day, not to mention the countless little tiny tap-tap-tap aggravations of how I used to do things. Thanks very much for a fantastic app! :-)

You can’t believe how much time and how many micro frustrations it’s saved me per day. Just for fun, I decided to test that concept and resolved NOT to use LCP for a full day. Haha...

That lasted 2 hours. I was tearing my hair out. Once you use LCP, you can’t go back.

And NOW, with Shortcuts? Wow. Shortcuts is in the Action Composer, fully supporting URL schemes. I use Shortcuts to create any actions that I can’t do in LCP. Then I simply run those shortcuts through LCP (I would forget which actions are in which app).

The Shortcuts UI is just one big table of buttons, so I can’t imagine myself searching for one particular action in all of that. They all look the same, it’s just one big matrix of buttons.

It’s easier to flow everything through LCP. I just call the shortcut from within LCP by using the “run” URL scheme for Shortcuts (via the Action Composer). Super-simple.

I really owe you major compliments for how clever the entire user experience is, but especially how one can organize hundreds of actions into a one-step click-and-slide to the action that I want. I supposed click-and-slide is 2 steps, technically, but it feels like one - that was a really clever idea.

A few suggestions...

1) the click-and-slide could be explained a bit better. It’s a bit of a surprise the first time you click on a group’s “glyph” and all you get is a quick flash.

2) Moving actions could be made clearer. It took me a while to figure it out.

3) And my biggie...

Most of my work is done on iPad Pro. So I’ve set this all up for iPad. I’d love to do it for the iPhone, but it’s not worth the time it would take, not to mention that I also hate doing the same thing twice (193 actions to do again). So I’m back in the “Stone Age” on iPhone.

I forget why you can’t sync the two up, but there must be some way to export all the actions out of iPad (mapped by group), and then import into iPhone (and vice-versa).

Most of them should work, no? It does not have to be perfect - as I would encounter one that does not work (e.g., there are 2 different versions of an app for iPad and iPhone), that would be easy enough to trouble-shoot and fix.

Adding some sort of “good-enough-mapping” between iPhone and iPad - THAT would be cherry on a very huge cake.

BOTTOM LINE: This app saves me more time, in the form of useless little tap-taps that I was doing every day, than any other app in my army of apps. I’d give it 10* if I could. And if there was some sort of solution that got me 90% of the way to getting it all into iPhone, it’d be a 100* app.

And to anyone wondering if they should buy LCP, or wondering if they still need it now that Shortcuts is here, the answers are...

1) Yes, it’s a no-brainer.

2) Yes, it’s more useful than ever now that Shortcuts is here.

I hope folks find this helpful. It’s rare that something comes along that impacts one’s workflow so substantially.

Information

Seller
Contrast Apps LLC
Size
55.6 MB
Category
Productivity
Compatibility
Requires iOS 11.0 or later. Compatible with iPad.
Languages
English
Age Rating
Rated 12+ for the following:
Infrequent/Mild Cartoon or Fantasy Violence
Infrequent/Mild Horror/Fear Themes
Infrequent/Mild Profanity or Crude Humor
Infrequent/Mild Sexual Content and Nudity
Infrequent/Mild Realistic Violence
Infrequent/Mild Alcohol, Tobacco, or Drug Use or References
Infrequent/Mild Mature/Suggestive Themes
Location
This app may use your location even when it isn't open, which can decrease battery life.
Copyright
© Contrast
Price
$4.99

Supports

  • Family Sharing

    With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.

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