What’s your daily web routine? We all have one. A daily routine of websites we check on a regular basis. It may be so natural that you may not notice it, but we do! Check email, Facebook, feeds, Twitter, Tumblr, Flickr, news, etc. over and over again.
Favomatic provides you with an easy to use interface to create and manage launch-buttons for your favorites. Think of it as a to-do list that helps you in that daily routine. It not only reminds you to check out something you were about to forget but it also makes sure not to check it too often.
Why not use RSS readers instead? Feeds are great to get notified of updates but you may miss a lot if you only see the stripped-down copy of your favorite websites. No visuals, no interaction, limited experience. Moreover, for many websites RSS is simply not a suitable option: social sites like Facebook, news sites, forums, online stores are all best served in their original form.
And why is this better than plain old bookmarks in Safari? The full-screen scrollable list of Favomatic is a joy-to-use, it displays website icons, the time elapsed since your last visit, and by setting up timers the launch buttons can be smarter than simple bookmarks. No more mindless clickling through your bookmarks over and over. No more popping-up Facebook every 5 minutes.
And one more thing. With app URL schemes Favomatic can be used to launch your favorite apps too!
Here is how Favomatic works:
Device: iPad or iPad 2
OS: iOS 5 or later
Note: Four finger swipe is iPad 2 only. Please make sure Multitasking Gestures is ON in Settings/General.
Tap the Add buttons to create collections and clicklets. Organize them by tapping the "..." (Details) button and dragging the reorder control. Tap the red button to remove them from the list. To leave edit mode tap the Details button again.
Tap the main button to launch your website in Mobile Safari.
With a little bit of trickery, you can launch not only your favorite websites but also your favorite apps installed on your iPad. For this to work the app must provide app URL schemes. For example, by typing "twitter://mentions" in the URL field you can quickly jump to the official Twitter app and see the Mentions page instantly. The URL "reeder://" will launch the great RSS reader app. And so on.
For an extensive list of app schemes available please visit handleOpenURL.com.
Hint: Favomatic will download the website icon for an app-button if you include the website address separated with a "•" (middle dot). You will find the middle dot character on the top right on the symbols ("#+=") keypad.
Set up a time interval. If the time elapsed since your last visit is less than this interval your clicklet remains dimmed. This interval may vary from site to site. Use shorter intervals for frequently changing sites that you'd like to visit often. Use longer intervals for sites that don't need frequent checking.
You can see the number of active clicklets on the collection buttons. Tap the collection to scroll down to the corresponding clicklets.
Mobile Safari is much faster, more robust and feature filled compared to the WebView provided to developers. Since it's a matter of a simple swipe to switch between the two apps it made no sense to develop a built-in browser. If you still miss this feature please let me know.
App URL schemes must be provided by the developer of the app. If there's no app scheme for that specific app please contact the developer.