Monday, April 29, 2013

[ssLauncher-Tip] Why remove the contacts page?

Currently, ssLauncher supports totally 6 types of page: cover page, application group, application drawer, contacts, bookmarks and credits.
Each type of pages has its own specialties. Oops! Except of credits. :P
I know that many users remove the contact page without any try.
Now I would like to give you some tips to use it.

It has the purpose for quick access to contacts. Of course, you can run the contacts application through a shortcut. But swiping page is the easiest and efficient way to access something because you need not to search an icon and move the finger on it exactly. For example, if you have moved the contacts page to left side of home, you could access it just by swiping once at home without any concentration.

Here is a screenshot of the contacts page.

It consists of a list and a dock menu bar with the following functionality.

On list:

1. tap an item (contact): open contact widget for the item (see the screenshot)

   You can star, unstar, remove or edit the contact by the widget.

2. hold an item: you can drag it into a cover page and create a shortcut for it.
3. click the phone icon on an item: direct call

On dock menu bar:

1. plus icon: create a new contact
2. star icon: show only starred contacts

* How to star/unstar on a contact?
  - Tap an item on the list
  - Tap the photo on the contact widget
  - Toggle the star icon

3. sort icon: sort the list by name, contact times or last contact time
4. search icon: search contacts by initial
5. phone icon: launch the phone(dial) application

That's all. How easy is it?

Saturday, April 27, 2013

New ssLauncher Theme - Circles, Free!

A new free theme, which uses the new feature of pinning objects, has been released today into Google Play.


It could be a good example to show how to use the 'pinning objects' feature.


1. install the theme.
2. menu > theme > apply theme package > select the theme.
3. press 'yes' when asking to download a icon pack.
4. move to a cover page (Home) and load the first template for cover page and pinboard respectively.
5. create the weather and clock widgets by clicking 'Widget here'.
6. adjust the column number in menu > preferences > application drawer, if you need.
7. adjust the page margins in menu > theme > others, if you need.

* This theme is fully functional on 'ssLauncher the Original'.

* Screenshots

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Update History in the version 1.11.x of ssLauncher

- the 'scroll wallpaper' option works perfectly when using a live wallpaper
- fixed the bug that some shortcuts and widgets are disappeared on some devices
- enabled multi-line when editing text for shortcuts
- fixed some bugs and optimized

- added the option to use the 'legacy widget picker'
- fixed some bugs and optimized

- quick bug fix

- implemented own widget picker for Jelly bean
- fixed the error that the grid layout of app drawer get broken when changing screen orientation
- fixed some bugs

- supports to create a shortcut to page on other launcher
- optimize the default icon size
- fixed some bugs and optimized

- fixed a bug in color picker

- enhanced color picker
- fixed some bugs and optimized

- added new option 'Pinboard visibility' in menu > theme: set the visibility of pinned objects for each page type
- fixed some bugs

- can set the overall icon size to 300% for tablets
- fixed some bugs

- resolved the language option issue in menu > preferences
- fixed some bugs and optimized

- pinning objects (shortcuts and widgets)

- added a new option, 'disable trashcan' in menu > preferences
- can set the page margins separately for portrait and landscape mode (menu > theme > others)
- added a new animation, 'accordion'
- added some sorting options for app drawer, app group and app parcel
- fixed some bugs and optimized

Friday, April 12, 2013

[Screenshots] Developer's Current Home

Now I'm using SquareHome, which was released a couple of weeks ago, to make it more stable. 'Transparent-light theme' is applied and the 'people' group was composed with 'contact' shortcuts. The contact tile displays the photo in Google contacts when set 'auto image' as a form. While the tile for normal app shows the title image in Google Play (See the screenshots).
Currently, I'm using Xperia Arc, since the old nexus-one died.

The followings show the '3D effect' when scrolling horizontally.

The folder will appear from right side when clicked. See below.


Wednesday, April 3, 2013

New free app, "More Shortcuts", released!

You can create more shortcuts with this app.

Currently supported shortcuts:

1. Activities - Hidden activities cannot be access in launchers
2. Contents - Opennable content such as Video, Photo, Audio, Documents and so on.
3. Flash - Turn on the flash when you click the shortcut.
4. Silent modes - mute, vibrate, off

* Screenshots

The Update History in SquareHome v1.0.x

- quick bug fix: So sorry. There was a problem in building APK of the previous version.

- added new free theme (Vivid theme)
- fixed some bugs

- fixed the error of not displaying photo for contact tiles on some devices
- changed the max row to 8
- fixed some bugs

- fixed the bug that some gestures are reset occasionally

- fixed minor bugs

- supports alpha mask for icon packs
- supports Russian (special thanks to Max DeTray)
- fixed some bugs

- unlocked some preferences and forms
- fixed some bugs and optimized

- fixed the error in cropping image screen for some devices
- fixed some bugs

- backup/restore works for gestures
- optimized scrolling in preferences screen

- fixed bugs in menu bar when selecting tiles
- fixed some bugs and optimized

- supports non telephony tablets
- supports other file explorer when selecting custom image
- added an option, 'scroll wallpaper'
- fixed some bugs and optimized

- minor bug fixes

- released to the market