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APP OF THE WEEK: Pintasking
What is Pintasking?
An app for power users, Pintasking allows you to switch between various apps with ease. It’s essentially a replacement for the ALT-TAB shortcut on Windows computers and allows you to pin apps to the side of your screen for easy switching between them. It also adds the ability to quickly go back to the last app you were using with some intuitive swipe controls.
Pintasking makes things extremely easy for those of us who use multiple apps at the same time. Its main feature is the ability to pin apps/tasks/documents to the side of the screen for quick access. You do this by tapping the constant notification that appears in your notification bar when you swipe down from the top of your screen. The app icons then appear in floating circles on the right side of the screen (you can adjust the size, appearance, and position of these circles with the Pro version which will cost you £2.99).
You can also tinker with the pins’ behaviour quite a bit using the app’s comprehensive settings options. For example, you can make the pinned icon disappear when you’re in its app or have it stay in place and act as a button to take you back to the previous app you were using.
The free version of Pintasking allows you to pin two apps, while the Pro version will allow you to pin an unlimited number. The developers have also made it as easy to get rid of the pinned apps as it is to add them. Just drag them into the centre of the screen and then down to the ‘trash’ icon.
It all works seamlessly and it seems the developers have thought of everything. The settings menu allows you to tweak any aspect you can think of, giving you the feeling that Pintasking went through extensive testing before it was released.
They’ve also made it so that you can turn swiping on, which allows you to pin apps and switch between the current task and your previous one by simply swiping down from the top of your screen. And don’t worry, you can customise how much of the top of the screen reacts to swiping so it won’t interfere with you trying to bring up the notifications bar. It really does seem like the developers have thought of everything.
Not a lot. The sheer amount of settings (most of which only come with the Pro version) mean that any irritations you’re likely to encounter have been pre-empted. The free version clears your pinned apps when you turn the screen off, which can be slightly annoying, but the Pro version is more than worth the £2.99 price.
It can also feel a little overwhelming when you first open the settings menu but there are explanations attached to most settings which will guide you through the process of customising the app’s performance. Other than that, this thing really does work well.
Pintasking combines simplicity with depth. It is simple to use while providing you with fairly extensive customisation options. If you regularly use multiple apps on your tablet or phone, then Pintasking is a great way to streamline your work.
Score: 9/10 | Price: Free (£2.99 for the Pro version) | In-app purchases? No | Download Pintasking
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