Price: Free / $ .99
URL/Link Shortener iPhone App Video Review
URL/Link Shortener, by developer SkinMyI, is a quick and free way to shorten a URL from your iPhone. The app taps into the vast power of a multitude of different shortening services, combining them all into one, neat package.
Concept and Functionality
URL/Link Shortener offers the same basic functionality as the services it pulls from: The app allows users to plug in any URL, and get an immediate, shortened version for use elsewhere. This saves space, no matter if you’re posting a link to Twitter, or if you’re sending a link to a client of your freelance business. It’s a vital tool, and one that makes sense to have about on the iPhone.
To do its magic, URL/Link Shortener pools together a collection of 130 different shortening services, including popular offerings like tinyurl.com, goo.gl, 2ty.cc, to.ly, cut.by, and gadaf.fi. And that’s just the short list. Essentially, if you have a preferred shortening service, you can find it sheltered within URL/Link Shortener’s walls.
The app does come with an in-app purchase for the premium version. With this upgrade comes total removal of adverts, as well as an in-app browser. If you’re hunting a specific webpage, this makes things far easier, and is well worth the $ .99 upgrade. The browser itself is very basic, and there’s no way to bounce to Safari for iOS without using copy/paste, but it’s still a solid offering.
The app also features integration with a multitude of social networking sites, including Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Delicious, and G-Reader. There’s no Evernote or DropBox integration, however, which may come as a pain for those industry people who use both, as I do. All around, though, URL/Link Shortener is a tight package with well-thought out functionality.
Design and Layout
URL/Link Shortener itself could not be simpler to use. The central bar at the home screen allows users to copy in a URL, while slapping the button just below returns a shortened version of the same link. Users can also quick-shorten a link from the in-app browser, but I found it irritating that links were not auto-copied to the clipboard, but rather saved under the app’s history. Moving this functionality around would be a tremendous boon for the app, and would save even more time during the shortening process.
Considering each of the services that URL/Link Shortener uses is free, the value of the $ .99 upgrade to Premium is debatable. That being said, the convenience of this well-designed app makes shortening links from your iPhone an absolute breeze. If you need a quality link shortener on the go, the price of entry will hardly break the bank. For everyone else, there’s always the free version, too.
URL/Link Shortener requires iOS 4.2 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.
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