27 Nov

Shortcut Launcher is a shortcut making tool and is released by WackWare.

“This cool little app helps you create shortcuts for launching your favorites with a single button click. While ‘save to launcher’ creates shortcuts to websites, the icons that are generated are sometimes not so cool..”

The name of the application is a little misleading as I would have called it a Shortcut maker, rather than a launcher, but that is probably just me.

This is a simple application that allows you to create direct shortcuts to various items on the Touchpad, this allow you to then add these to your favorites or the launch bar.

When the application opens it offers four input boxes to set up your shortcut. Shortcut Type, Launcher Icon, Link Path and finally the Shortcut Name.

The shortcut types are as follows:

  • Standard Browser Shortcut – Directly opens a URL in the WebOS browser.
  • Advanced Browser Shortcut – Directly opens a URL in Advance Browser (if you have installed)
  • Email Shortcut – Opens up a compose email card with the email address entered.
  • Dialer Shortcut – Add a phone number for direct dial, only useful if you have a linked phone.
  • Flash File Shortcut – Opens a flash file directly.
  • QuickOffice Shortcut – Opens a document in QuickOffice.
  • Adobe Reader Shortcut – Opens a PDF in Adobe Reader, useful if you are reading a PDF book.

It is important to note that you are not able to create a shortcut without an Icon, and no icons are installed with the application. There is a link within the application to download some samples from the internet, but you really need to have a selection of these saved before you start the shortcut making process.

Once the shortcut is created it will appear in your favorites section, where you can move it around.

I did have an issue opening a PDF using the Adobe Reader Shortcut, until I opened the file directly in the PDF reader first. After that it worked fine.

The user interface is well designed and easy to navigate, but has issues if you change types after a shortcut has already been created, best to click the “reset entries” button.

On the upside:

  • Good user interface.
  • Easy to create direct shortcuts, and you can control the icons.
  • Saves time accessing some features of the Touchpad.

On the downside:

  • No built in icons pre-installed.
  • Limited number of applications supported.

Overall, this is a very good application and does exactly what the application sets out to do. It is a simple way to create shortcuts for quick access to websites and documents. I hope that more support is added over time (CBR files in ComicShelf HD, please…) If you like to create shortcuts on your computer, then you will love this one, it can be a real time saver getting to your favorite stuff. 

Rating: 82%

Size: 3.8 MB

Price (at time of review): £1.19

Link: Shortcut Launcher – WackWare

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Posted by on November 27, 2011 in App - Life Style, Reviews, Touchpad, webOS


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