Using Any Cut
When you load up Any Cut, the first thing you need to do is select what you need to create a shortcut for. On Any Cut's home screen, you'll see four options: Direct Call, Direct Text Message, Activity, and Make Your Own. Selecting any one of these will lead you through a process to create a shortcut.
When you select Direct Call or Direct Text Message, Any Cut takes you to your contacts book. There, you can select the name of the person you want, and Any Cut will place a shortcut by that name on your home screen. When you click on that shortcut, Any Cut will either call that person, or compose a text message to that person, depending on what you told it to do.
Most of Any Cut's convenience factor lies in the 'Activity' tab, though. When you select Activity from the Any Cut home page, Any Cut brings up a whole list of the applications and functions on your phone. I found that most of my apps were shown in the list, although Any Cut left out some of the smaller ones. I like the fact that not only does Any Cut display the apps themselves, it also displays some of the functions in the app. Once you select the activity you would like to create a shortcut for, Any Cut automatically places an icon for that function on your desktop.
In the Make My Own tab, you can create a shortcut to pretty much anything in your phone. The Make Your Own tab requires some coding knowledge, so if you're not a coding expert, I'd stick to the 'Activity' tab in this app.