I’m excited to announce the AFTVnews URL Shortener which makes using my Downloader App easier than ever. As you’d expect, entering any URL into the AFTVnews URL Shortener results in a short URL being created that points to the original URL. What makes the AFTVnews URL Shortener best for the Downloader App is that the two are integrated together so that you only need to enter the numeric code portion of the short URL to load it in the Downloader App.
Most people use a URL shortener with the Downloader App because of how tedious it is to enter long URLs using the on-screen keyboard. While shortened URLs are much easier to enter, there’s still always a “.” and a “/” in them so you always have to go in and out of the special character portion of the on-screen keyboard. With the AFTVnews URL Shortener and the Downloader App integrated together, there’s no need to enter the “aftv.news/” portion of the shortened URL, making it the easiest and fastest way to get to any URL in the Downloader App. It comes with the added bonus of being able to use the Alexa Voice Remote to just dictate the numeric code, which, for the first time, makes it now possible to get to any URL without typing anything.
One difference between the AFTVnews URL Shortener and most other URL shorteners is that a redirect info page is briefly shown before the long URL is loaded. Since most shortened URLs are dealing with files being downloaded and installed, I included the redirect info page to add a bit more security by giving users a chance to see what URL is about to be loaded. On the off chance you mistyped your code or a code you were given isn’t going where you thought it would, you can click anywhere on the redirect info screen to stop the redirect. Right now, for simplicity, it’s set to wait just a few seconds for all links, but I may experiment with making the wait time dynamic in the future. The redirect info page also gives me a place to occasionally display an ad so that the service can pay for itself.
Whether you use the AFTVnews URL Shortener or not, the Downloader App still works the same way as it always has. You can still enter long URLs, short URLs from other shorteners, or search terms to directly perform a Google search. You now just have one additional option if you want to make things a little easier and quicker. Give it a try and let me know what you think!