At certain times during the day, I just want to read something on my iPad. What I don’t want to do is have to travese folders on my device just to read what I want – especially with reading content spread across so many different apps and locations.
I wanted one central location to be able to read the following:
- Specific “book” apps, like MAKE Magazine and Master Your DSLR Camera that live outside of the iOS Newsstand app
- Specific magazines that reside inside the Newsstand app, like the US and UK versions of Wired magazine.
- My list of articles in Pocket
- Comics in Comic Zeal
The majority of these apps already live on my home screen (although Newsstand obscures content by being a ‘app/folder’ hybrid), but they no longer have to thanks to Launch Center Pro. Using lists (new in version 2.1) and a trick to get LCP to launch itself (borrowed from this article by Nathan Henrie), I was able to create a list of just the apps I wanted.
Not every app has a known URL scheme, even though there are directories online attempting to map them all. I used this article on StackOverflow to read the correct string inside the Info.plist file for the apps I had difficulty with, such as those within Newsstand.
launchpro://?url=[[list:What Would You Like to Read?|Kindle=kindle://|Pocket=pocket://|DSLR=fb208920479281033://| Comics=cbi://|iBooks=itms-books://|Wired US=fb217129678410744://|Wired UK=dps.fc7bf0822da54744baf4e966a03cc52e://|MAKE=dps.c366ef95-f15a-5306-92d1-e6a850f5c8da://]]