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Phillip Gruneich

Brazilian screenwriter working as a copywriter and a technology fan. Check my site for some iOS automatization tips or look at me on Twitter (@pgruneich) or App.net (@philg).

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Tap here, tap there. Sometimes an app is just too many taps away and no home screen fits every app we use. If that’s a common scenario, you need something to save you taps and swipes, turning the whole iPhone experience quicker and appealing. What you’re looking for is Launch Center Pro.

Launch Center Pro lets you create actions to interact with other applications and skip taps on basic functions of your iPhone, such as calling, messaging or opening sites. The application recently delivered its second version with plenty of new features for the automation rookie and the power user.

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By this point you know App.net, the platform for apps conceived by Dalton Caldwell who came up with a Twitter-like prototype to bring some developers to expand the service in unlimited ways. Although they still haven’t cut the umbilical cord and App.net remains a Twitter clone, App.net differs from its muse by not selling its users, not removing essential features like blocking and muting, and gathering an enthusiastic community.

I truly recommend you to join App.net and jump into a conversation — I heard the folks there love to chat — but you want a real client, not their web demo Alpha, and among so many apps to pick, which was the objective after all, it turns out to be a hard task. Then what if I say you can get the best App.net experience in your iPhone for free? You just can’t beat that, so follow up as we cover everything you need to know about Riposte, the first App.net you should get.

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Skitch 3.0 ― The Greatest Update Ever or a Total Fiasco?

The first version of Skitch brought along with it a different approach to image editing. It came with great tools that allowed you to take screenshots of any size and quickly annotate them, yet it could also handle any image you threw at it. Skitch has always been straightforward and effortless — an image tool for human beings. After its acquisition by Evernote, the company entered into a battle to contain the uproar caused by the drastic overhaul to ensure Skitch would fit into its service and yet still remain a simple image editor.

Skitch 3.0 is a fresh take on the controversial app, built from scratch with a brand-new interface based on iOS 7 guidelines, as well as boasting a gorgeous new icon. Did the Evernote team recover the early praise of Skitch with this update or will it just be another stain on the history of a once beloved application? Let’s find out.

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Most of the buzz around App.net has been gone and it is not a headline anymore. However, we can’t deny its growth with the invitation-based freemium accounts and the file storage API, allowing users to store files in their own server.

Still, App.net is mostly known as a social network with an ever-growing development of new clients to host the conversations. There are so many clients being released that we could write almost once a day about them, yet after having tried Felix, I doubt you’ll ever look back. (more…)