App Cubby’s Launch Center Pro utility app debuted in the App Store today, featuring configurable shortcuts to complete actions that normally take several taps, such as completing a Google search in Safari, capturing a picture with Instagram, composing new tweets and much more.
It’s like speed dial, but for more than just phone calls! Launch Center Pro creates lightning quick shortcuts to specific features burried deep within apps. Call a loved one, message a friend, launch Instagram’s camera to quickly snap a pic, tweet, or turn your iPhone into a flashlight. Launch Center Pro gets you to where you’re going faster than ever before!
(Unlike Axotic’s Fast Tools Pro that I mentioned earlier this week, Launch Center Pro actually does work as promised.)
Launch Center Pro works using shortcut URLs to access existing functions within apps. It’s not meant to be an alternate home screen to simply launch apps – it can carry out more complex tasks with fewer taps. For example, it comes pre-filled with some common actions, like toggling your iPhone’s screen between 10% and 100% brightness levels (you can adjust these levels to your liking), turning the camera’s LED light on to act as a flashlight on the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S, and more.
App Cubby created a demo video to highlight what Launch Center Pro can do:
It takes a little experimentation to learn how Launch Center Pro works and set it up the way that works best for you but it can be a powerful tool. I’ve already created some groups and actions that will let me pare down the number of apps I have on my iPhone for speed-dialing, turning on the camera flash, and others. Launch Center Pro works with a ton of other apps that incorporate the URL scheme Launch Center Pro uses. As I write this post, there are more than 200 compatible apps and this list will surely continue to grow. Popular apps like Tweetbot, Shazam, Reeder, OmniFocus, Netflix, Instapaper, as well as many of the stock apps that come installed on the iPhone are on this list.
Launch Center Pro is on sale at a special introductory price of $2.99, which is 40% off its regular price so dive in now to get it before it goes up. Note that it requires iOS 5 and works on the iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, 3rd- and 4th-generation iPod touch, and all iPad models.