Link HUB - URL Dashboard & NFC 4+

URLs and URL schemes launcher

Cesare Forelli

    • 4.8 • 8 Ratings
    • Free
    • Offers In-App Purchases

Description

Links are powerful: they send you to a website, but also allow to launch an app, call a friend or trigger any kind of automation.
Link HUB is your iPhone, iPad and Mac dashboard to store and quickly launch important links, being them URLs to visit websites or URL scheme links to run specific Shortcuts, deep-link into apps, execute web-based automations or whatever else you can think of.

If it has a URL, Link HUB can give you a button to launch it: just set a name, paste or type in any valid address, pick a color and you're done... a big button in your hub will let you launch that link at the speed of light.

The only requirement is for you to have important links, automations, apps and web hooks you want to access quickly and to know their specific URLs: with infinite websites and apps providing an URL scheme out there, Link HUB cannot provide a list for you to pick from, and lets you type in anything you want instead. Searching for URL schemes online is usually pretty easy, and most web-services automations like IFTTT or Zapier let you copy fully functional URLs and web hook links.

You can also configure Link HUB for people you love who are less familiar with technology than yourself, and give them a single place, with easy to tap buttons, to execute multiple operations, including non-trivial ones.

A very cool feature of Link HUB is the ability to open a specific URL when you interact with a NFC tag that the app previously encoded, allowing any kind of automation you can imagine. You can find out more informations about this amazing capability in the Link HUB NFC Frequently Asked Questions available inside the app's Preferences. Please be advised that NFC support is currently available only on iPhones, due to the need of hardware not included in Macs and iPads.

Finally, and getting even nerdier, not only can Link HUB launch your URLs, but it can also perform HTTP GET calls... great for executing automations such as triggering an Ethernet relay that opens a gate!

Link HUB is a modern macOS, iOS and iPad OS app (on the latter, with multitasking and drag and drop support), free to use for up to 4 links.
Thanks to iCloud, your links sync automatically between devices while staying 100% private.
No analytics or prying access to your data: this indie app's sustainability and future development come exclusively from an optional and very inexpensive subscription, when you decide you want unlimited buttons and NFC support; one subscription includes all your devices: iOS, Macs and iPadOS.

What’s New

Version 1.5.1

Thank you for reviewing my app!
This version includes only minor tweaks for iOS 15, iPadOS 15 macOS Monterey (the Catalyst updated version is also submitted today).
The first time the app is launched a 3-screens "onboarding" is shown; at its end, an alert asks if you want to add some sample data. If you do so, you'll have 3 examples ready to test, and then can add additional links with the plus button in the upper right corner.
Links can be website URLs, but also link to other apps such as maps:// or sms://. Tapping a button executes its link, and long pressing it shows a menu that allows editing or delete.
The free version of the app supports 4 links, and then shows an alert proposing to activate an inexpensive auto-renewing subscription.
Please, let me know if you need any clarifications, or if some modifications are needed.
Thank you for your work in these days of huge updates for so many apps!!! Ciao from Italy,
Cesare

Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5
8 Ratings

8 Ratings

Cuemommy ,

Wonderful for college & Zoom!!!!

During COVID-19, I was tryng to find something that could stay on my desktop and I could access links quickly. I couldn't be any more happier with this. It would be nice if this could sync with icloud/back up services. Thanks for such a nifty app!

wr18r02 ,

Requires subscription

It’s not possible to actually purchase the app; you have to keep paying for it (a detail that is conveniently omitted from the in-app payment section). That’s not reasonable, since many developers and companies do quite well by the one-time-purchase model. Charging for updates is fine, but software tools are meant to be owned. Demanding continual payment is greedy.

Developer Response ,

Hi and thank you for trying Link HUB. Not liking subscription is certainly a legitimate personal opinion (another, mine, is believing that the expectation of people working without ongoing remuneration is actually greedy), but you're very wrong when you say the app hides that it offers a subscription: Link HUB is free for up to 4 links, as clearly stated in the App Store description; then, the upgrade screen that Users access by tapping "Link HUB Subscription" has the title "Subscribe to Pro", the button says "4,99 $ 1 year" (very greedy indeed for a niche app kept updated that works on iOS, iPad and Mac and has cloud sync) and below there's a detailed, plain English explanation of how the subscription works (renewal deadline, and even a link for canceling it). How you could say the fact the app offers (NOT requires) a subscription is deceitfully hidden baffles me. One thing is not to like subscriptions, which a lot of people do but app developers eat every day too, not once in their lifetime, the other is accusing someone to hide things because you just didn't read. I'm honestly happy to have only people that appreciate this reality of app development sustainability use my apps, but thank you for trying Link HUB nevertheless. Ciao from Italy, Cesare

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The developer, Cesare Forelli, indicated that the app’s privacy practices may include handling of data as described below. For more information, see the developer’s privacy policy.

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  • Family Sharing

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