Is Launch Center Pro worth using, given Workflow, Siri Shortcuts, and Scriptable exist?

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automation

#1

Having just listened to the Automators episode where Simon Stovring was interviewed, Rose mentioned Launch Center Pro, somewhere during the podcast. I took a look at some videos showing it’s use, and I’m wondering if it’s still worth using given all of the recent advances in iOS automation.
I realize that Workflow, Siri Shortcuts and Scriptable and different things, I’ve just grouped the, all into the automation category, for convenience.

Given that I haven’t even started with iOS automation, I thought it may be better to start with something basic, rather than jump into Scriptable or one of the others I’ve mentioned.


#2

I bought it a long time ago. But I have not been using it for a long time, either.

I am fine with just using Siri Shortcuts.

But I am really interested in what the other MPUs have to say about your question because the app is really nice. For me, I have to admit that it feels a little redundant these days.


#3

I believe you’re referring to Launch Center Pro - an app I use every day!

The beta is NDA, however I will tell you there’s some extremely useful additions coming :wink:

In the mean time, I’ll give a quick overview as to how I use it now:

  • Prompt me at a time to run an automation/open TestFlight to check for updates, etc.
  • Prompt me at a location, GPS or iBeacon based to run automations, great for when I actually get home from work (I live on the 4th floor), or when I am really in my office (6th floor).
  • Give me a constrained input list for an automation, e.g. if I run it from LCP I have it give me a list which I choose from, but if I run the Shortcut directly or without input it asks me for input.
  • Quick links to stuff/people, e.g. I love to stalk @MacSparky on Twitter (mostly joking), but it’s nice to have a direct link to his profile in Tweetbot to eliminate typing so I can easily see Disney pictures.
  • A resource to figure out URL schemes - LCP is the king in this area, they literally downloaded thousands of apps to get the URL schemes themselves, and still do that today (unless complete documentation is provided).

#4

Is it coming this year? :slight_smile:


#5

I believe so! Follow @LaunchCenterPro on Twitter to stay on top of updates :slight_smile:


#6

Hi @RosemaryOrchard ,

Can you expand more on this please (models, use cases, etc)?


#7

^^ I would also be interested in hearing more about this. Thank you.


#8

iBeacons are just bluetooth location indicators, there’s not a lot to it. I have one in my desk drawer so when I get to within 50 meters of my desk (give or take) I get pinged to clock in between 8am and 10am, and clock out when leaving it from 3pm to 6pm - and between those times it prompts me to open my OmniFocus important work tasks perspective. I use them in Launch Center Pro instead of GPS locations which are far too large for me for work, home and my hotel when travelling :slight_smile:


#9

Do you have a particular iBeacon you recommend?


#10

#11

Yes, but where does one use LPP over Workflow, Scriptable, and Siri Shortcuts?


#12

Either to access a feature of an app that can be accessed via URL schemes (e.g. opening next month in Fantastical), or to run the automations :wink:


#13

I just subscribed for a year, and will soon be playing with iBeacons and NFC stickers (Which I ordered)… but wanted to know how to connect it to shortcuts. I would launch a shortcut with the launchcenter pro and according to the automators show it was possible.


#14

Just create an action and use the URL

shortcuts://run-shortcut?name={{NAME_OF_SHORTCUT}}


#15

To add to what @AFC shared, you can also use a Shortcut to conveniently add an Action that launches a Shortcut to Launch Center Pro.

You can install this Shortcut by opening up Launch Center Pro Settings, tapping on Import Shortcuts, and tapping Install Shortcut.