At the end of September 2014, I wrote about upcoming changes in Transloader for iOS.
In that blog post, I wrote about a Today Widget that you could use to easily paste URLs you had copied to your pasteboard on iOS.
It would look like this:
I was pretty sure this would be the way to go, but after using it for a while and iterating on it, I became more and more convinced that this was not an optimal solution.
It’s not optimal for a couple of reasons.
– Although it’s far better than before iOS 8, where you had to open the Transloader app itself to get things going, the Today Widget approach is still a little cumbersome: copy the link, open Notification Center and tap the + button
– You’d have to do this for every link you’d like to add from a website, for example
– Doing that would erase your pasteboard contents you had copied before
– It takes you out of the app’s context
Action Extensions to the Rescue
So I started looking into Action Extensions. And now, this is possible:
Exactly. Instead of going back and forth to copy several links from a website to add to Transloader, it can all be done on the website itself.
If you’re on a file site itself (for example, you’re viewing a PDF in your browser), you can add it to Transloader more easily as well:
I think the combination of these two, the Today Widget (where you’ll still be able to paste links into Transloader, because I think it might still be useful to a lot of users) and the Action Extension will make Transloader very accessible and easy to use on iOS 8.
It will be available soon on the App Store.
My name is Matt, I’m the developer of Eternal Storms Software. If you’d like to comment, you can catch me on twitter here: [twitter-follow screen_name=’eternalstorms’ show_count=’yes’] or by eMail.