Launch Center Pro

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Sunday, January 20, 2019
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Description of App

Launch actions, not just apps! It’s like speed dial for anything you do with your iPhone or iPod Touch. Create one-tap shortcuts straight to the feature you need inside of your apps. 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, phone or FaceTime calls, Google searches, and more. If you do it on your phone 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 your Mom- Message a friend- Email your boss- Search Twitter using Tweetbot- Create a new item in Omnifocus- Search Yelp for nearby coffee shops- Fire up Instagram’s camera, instantly- Jump right to your favorite website- Use the iPhone as a flashlight- And so much more... Full list of officially supported shortcuts: http://actions.contrast.co For help with Launch Center or to submit feedback, please visit http://help.contrast.co

Version

2.0

Free or Paid

Paid

Apple Watch Support

Not Known

Device(s) App Was Tested On

iPhone

iOS Version

8

Accessibility Comments

VO performs well with this app with one acception- when you first install it the actions that are pre-set are not labeled. you need to go in and manually add your own actions or re-label the default actions using VO. If your up for the set-up, this app is a real time saver. Launch Center Pro functions like a Favorites list for my entire iPhone!

VoiceOver Performance

VoiceOver reads most page elements.

Button Labeling

Most buttons are clearly labeled.

Usability

There are some minor accessibility issues with this app, but they are easy to deal with.

Developer's Twitter Username

@Contrast

Recommendations

1 people have recommended this app

Most recently recommended by JessieLorenz 7 years ago

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Comments

Submitted by Brooke on Sunday, October 27, 2013

Having a bit of trouble with that. In the Help section for creating actions, it says: "Look for a blank tile, which is indicated with a big + in the center, and tap it." It goes on to say that there are buttons for deleting actions, which I'm able to find. But I haven't managed to land on the spot I need to create a new action.

Submitted by Oriol Gomez on Sunday, October 27, 2013

can't find the tiles either... How can I create new actions? Help please!

Submitted by JessieLorenz on Sunday, October 27, 2013

In reply to by Brooke

To Create an action: Open the app. Tap the Edit button. Find an unlabeled tile. Tap Action Composer. You'll be able to see what apps you have that work with Launch Center from here. I created all new actions and do not use the defaults because VO didn't read them. My Launch Center now lives in my doc and contains the following frequently used actions: Open Prisma, Call Corbett, Open Downcast, Tweet with Tweetlist, Open Google in Safari, Txt Michelle, Open a note in Evernote, and Txt James.

Submitted by Brooke on Sunday, October 27, 2013

In reply to by JessieLorenz

When I open the app and double tap on Edit, here's what I've got, flicking from left to right. I haven't changed any of these; they're the default from when I first opened the app. The title of the screen is: Edit Actions Done Button 3 Tile Delete buttons Last Photo Search Last Photo 3 Tile Delete buttons Dial Contact New Email New Message 3 Tile Delete buttons Search Contacts Bookmarks 3 Tile Delete buttons Message John Apps Email Anna Just using New Message as an example... I can double tap on that to open it, then double Tap Action Composer, and edit that specific action. But I'm seeing no way, from that main Edit screen, to add a completely new action. So basically, I'm only able to edit the actions that are already built into the app, but I'm not able to add any of my own. I don't know if that's how it's supposed to be, but that definitely limits the number of actions that can be created.

Submitted by Walei on Monday, October 28, 2013

As far as I know, I couldn't find a way to create actions using voiceover. However, you can edit The existing actions and groups. Once you double tap on the edit button, you can change any of the existing actions. This would be the 2 last picture actions, the search action near the top of the screen, the 2 compose e-mail/message actions, and the dial contact action. When you double tap them while editing, it will bring up a screen where you can edit the name and URL of the action or you can choose action composer to select from a list of categories. If you choose something from the action composer, the URL and name will change automatically. There are also groups such as Contacts, Bookmarks, Apps and the search closer to the left side of the screen. These groups contain multiple actions. They are activated by double tapping and holding then moving your finger to the area where the desired action is. Unfortunately, once you double tap and hold, voiceover doesn't speak the items under your finger. It's a bit of a guessing game but you can find out where the contained apps are by editing the groups. To edit the groups, double tap edit then the group. The screen contents will then change to show the actions within the group. From there, you can edit the actions in the same way as before. Also, for your information, when editing, the delete tiles are above the actions that they correspond to. Since there isn't an accessible way to create new actions, I wouldn't recommend deleting any actions just yet. I contacted the developer on twitter and they were receptive to making accessibility improvements and having blind beta testers. I'd say the features that aren't accessible are creating new actions, activating actions within groups and rearranging actions and groups.

Submitted by Oriol Gomez on Monday, October 28, 2013

I figured it out thanks to the app developer who helped me out on twitter. You basically need to go into edit mode, turn off voice over, and tap an empty spot on the screen. There are many tyles o you'll most likely be lucky. Once you've done that turn voice over back on and it'll work. He also said he'll be making it more accessible in the future. Hth Oriol

Submitted by patrick kelly on Monday, October 28, 2013

My reasoning for saying this is, while yes, you can add actions and use them inside the app, there doesn't seem to be a way with VO to add the url to what you want to do to the home screen. I know there's an add to home screen option, but it seems to direct you to the page the app brings you to. is it only available through the app?

In this latest release, we're now able to add actions without having to disable VO and randomly touch parts of the screen. What's New in Version 2.2 ***Now available for iPad! Search “Launch Center Pro” on the iPad App Store.*** New in 2.2 - Dropbox Text: launch://dropbox/new?text= - Text-to-Speech: launch://speak?text= - Dictionary Lookup: launch://define?text= - VoiceOver support - Move actions between groups - Additional enhancements and bug fixes

Submitted by Chris Bruinenberg on Friday, February 28, 2014

I just got this app yesterday! Is there a way to remove groups such as links,?

Submitted by Brooke on Friday, February 28, 2014

I'm not 100% sure on this because I don't have any groups at the moment. But if you go into the app, then into Edit, you should be able to double-tap on each item. Once there, at the very bottom of the page (a 4-finger tap at the bottom of the screen got me there), you should have the Delete button.

Submitted by Brooke on Thursday, June 12, 2014

In the latest release, the process of deleting groups is now accessible to VoiceOver users. In my opinion, the app is now completely accessible with VO.

What's New in Version 2.3

- Location Triggers (Geofences and iBeacons)
- IFTTT Integration (Launch Center Channel on IFTTT)
- Giphy Search (Share Animated GIFs)
- QR and Barcode Scanning
- Graphical List Builder
- “Featured Actions” in Action Composer
- Custom Notification Sounds
- Nested Input Tag Support
- Enhanced Encoding Helpers
- Additional Enhancements and Bug Fixes

Visit help.contrast.co for more detailed released notes.

Submitted by KE7ZUM on Friday, August 22, 2014

In looking at the app I see now that ht professional recorder is supported. I still don't get how this app is useful. I'm not trying to be mean or anything I'm just a bit confused.

Take care and be blessed.

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