TUFFS Puts Shortcuts Front And Center In The Notification Panel

Most people likely have a preferred way they like to access their apps and shortcuts, and if you're a tinkerer or someone who likes to use things like third-party home launchers and the like, chances are you have all kinds of snazzy ways to access your app shortcuts and system shortcuts, whether it be through gestures or simply just by placing them on the homescreen of your device. TUFFS is an app which can make shortcuts even more convenient to access by placing them in the notification pull down panel, so you can access them from the notification tray when your device is awake and unlocked.

Accessing them from the lockscreen is also possible, and the best part is that if you don't want your shortcuts visible due to privacy, you can disable this feature from the TUFFS settings menu inside of the app. This is even disabled by default in case you want it off from the get go. You can have one or two rows of shortcuts available, and add up to eight shortcuts per row, although it's worth noting that some features will only be accessible if you unlock the full version of the app, and adding a second row of shortcuts is one of these features.

TUFFS gives users plenty of customization too by allowing them to pick the background color of the shortcut bar and select to apply a custom background with various options for the shapes of the custom background. You can choose the color of the background layer as well, which is the area of the shape you choose. Most of the background shapes will be another feature only available to full-version users, which can be unlocked for $0.99. There are other useful options included like the ability to have TUFFS auto-start on reboot, and there are even themes included which are a list of preconfigured custom color and shape options created by TUFFS, so if you don't want to set up the custom options yourself you can simply select a theme. Aside from having the customization options available which is great, TUFFS provides a functional purpose for anyone looking for an efficient and quick way to access shortcuts for apps and system shortcuts, and since it hides the bar in the notification panel, the shortcuts are always hidden when you're actually using other parts of the phone.

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