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Android Tip: Use Any Cut to create a Quick SMS list.

11.05.2008 @ 1:06 PM in Technology
I do a lot of text messaging, most of which is either to Twitter, BrightKite, or John. A caveat with smartphones is that with more functionality comes more steps to get to the simplest of actions. Luckily, Android lets you put shortcuts to your favorite apps, email labels, and contacts right on your homescreen. Any Cut, a free app from the Android Market, unlocks even more possibilities. This tip shows you how to use folders and Any Cut to organize a two tap quick SMS list.

Any Cut allows you to create shortcut icons on your homescreen that link directly to actions like calling a number, sending an SMS, or accessing settings like wifi. First things first, find and install Any Cut from the Android Market. Next, go to your home screen and longpress (hold your finger down for a second) on a blank spot. The "Add to Home" menu will pop up. Expand "Shortcut" and select a folder. Now we have a folder named "Folder." That's a little unimaginative, lets change that. Tap on the folder and it will expand into a blank window. Longpress on the title bar (over the "folder") and give it a new name. I chose "Quick." Tap the "X" to close the window, pull up the applications drawer, and launch Any Cut. Select New Shortcut and then "Direct Text Message." Scroll through and find your contact. I'm going to add Twitter, since I'm pretty much addicted to it. You have the option to shorten the name if you'd like. Notice the contact's icon serves as the shortcut icon. If you don't have a picture set, it will just show an SMS bubble. Hit OK. The Shortcut lands on the homescreen by default. We want it in that folder. Longpress on the icon until it detaches and you get some haptic love (that little vibrate you feel). now drag it over the folder and release. Rinse and repeat Any Cut until you have your quick launch folder just the way you like it. Remember, Any Cut lets you create shortcuts for nearly any action, and you can even write your own!
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