Launch Center puts Messages, Facebook, Twitter, a flashlight, more in your iPhone Notification Center

Launch Center, a new shortcuts app for iPhone, aims to make everything from sending messages and mail to posting on Facebook and Twitter, to turning on your LED flashlight, faster and easier via an extremely clever, borderline audacious use of URL schemes and iOS 5's Notification Center.

Produced by David Barnard of App Cubby fame, it boasts an absolutely gorgeous user interface that lets you easily set up which actions you want to appear in your Notification Center from a robust set of shortcut that include Phone, SMS/iMessage, Email, Twitter, Facebook, Flashlight, Google search, and Custom URL schemes. (That last one, for more advanced users especially, should make Launch Center an instant buy.)

Live from Macworld|iWorld 2012, David showed off some of the new features in the recent Launch Center 1.1 update, including scheduled launch actions -- for example if you know you need to SMS your wife every morning or email your boss the report every friday at noon.

David's keeping Launch Center in his dock now, since using Launch Center to quickly call a favorite or send a message is faster than tapping and pecking through screens of apps and layers of menus.

Hopefully Apple finds a way to balance security and accessibility in the next version of iOS so apps like Launch Center can start to do even more fantastic, time saving things.

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Launch Center puts Messages, Facebook, Twitter, a flashlight, more in your iPhone Notification Center


this will be dead on 5.1 Crapple has already taken the feature of shortcuts out in the 5.1 betas. crapple, crippling your phones free of charge

Because calling a huge corporation Crapple and its users sheep's then bowing down to one of the other huge conglomerate corporations and their products made from resources illegally and forcefully taken from third world countries that could of used those resources to feed and cloth their own people makes you such a better person.
Choose your company, your manufacturer, your OS, and your phone. But you have no reason to feel superior when everyone on the field is ruthless and far from indie, Google included.

what kind of hateful person are you? my phone and tablet are from crapple. should i worship them like you or call them out on their wrong practices? your response will be "Worship Steve and Apple!" thanks dude.

Wow, you obviously didn't read his post. He never praised Apple, simply stated that they ate no worse (or better) than anyone else. But please, continue to hide behind your keyboard and sounding like a moron, it gives us all a good laugh.

obviously you're "wowkurt"
you didn't think i would think you were someone else did you? since i'm talking to you. when did i ever write about corporations and their treatment of employees? who's the moron? you. who's laughing at me? no one. but Frank was laughing at you with his "Baaa" comment calling you a sheep.
I win.

Crapple is a term that was coined out of either hatred, confusion or envy. I am a former offender of the usage of that term, and now, after buying one of almost every product they've sold in the past 5 years, I'm completely convinced that there's no way that I would go back to being anything other than one of the flock...

FWIW, i am using this on iOS 5.1 beta 3. hope it stays that way when the final is released
it's taking a little getting used too but very handy indeed

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