If you have ever wanted a quick way to get around the Web from iOS or a quick way to launch applications, iOS developer Maxhasadhd has a new Notification Center widget dubbed OpenURL NCWidget that will set you back 99¢ which you may enjoy using. It is text-based navigation widget, so it will remind you of Spotlight.
The widget has two main functions - opening applications and making Google searches through Safari. If you want to make a Google search, you type your query in the search bar and then tap the return button which will in turn launch Safari in which Google is all loaded up and showing your query search results. If you want to launch an application using OpenURL NCWidget, then you have to type the name of the application in a URL scheme. If you want to launch the Maps application per-se, you would type in, "maps://" and then tap return and the Maps application would open up for you.
The graphical user interface of OpenURL NCWidget doesn't look half-bad. It's pretty nice looking; not too heavy and not too light. I enjoy how it is nicely centered and the animations that follow launching an application or Safari search are Apple's own application switching animations. That being said, it doesn't feel out of place.
I'm not necessarily a fan of having to type the name of an Application in URL format since Spotlight can search my applications with a live view list without needing to do so. This is a factor that falls under the Apple design principle of making things user-friendly. In some cases, your friends might not know what it means and it could be a chance for you to show off.
OpenURL NCWidget is an iOS 5-only jailbreak widget since any older firmwares do not have Notification Center. There are no options to configure except for adding or removing the widget from Notification Center via the Notifications section of the Settings application. It is fully compatible with the top shelf of IntelliScreenX, so this might make a good widget for hiding and showing on demand using that feature. The developer promises that there are new features that will be added sometime soon including:
- A button to show you a history of opened URL's
- A button that shows you all applications and their URL schemes for easier application launching
Name: OpenURL NCWidget
Editor's Rating: 3/5