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[APP] FileSlick v1.7

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By RyanZA, Senior Member on 21st October 2011, 09:18 PM
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Hey guys. Some of you might know me from my z4root app - anyway, I had some free time this week and cooked up a new filemanager app. It uses a nice gesture based navigation system that I haven't seen used before.

I'm upping it here to XDA first to get some feedback. Check it out and see if you like it - let me know if there are any missing features you'd like!

Features in this release:
  • Root support
  • Thumbnails
  • Launching files / Sharing files
  • Copy/Move/Delete/Rename Files and Folders
  • Create Folders
  • Preview and info for image files
  • Filter support to find files in large folders
  • Disable adverts option
  • Theme Browser
  • Modify permissions for root mode
  • Toggle mount points between ReadWrite and ReadOnly
  • Save hotlinks to folders of your choice
  • SMB Support
  • FTP Support
  • ZIP, TAR, TAR.GZ, TAR.BZ2 Support
  • Search in sub folders recursively
  • Search for text inside files
  • Quick access to remount / and /system as RO or RW (root only)
  • Batch set folder/file permissions (root mode)
  • Browse folders while performing file operations
  • Total, Free, Used space for mount points
  • Overlay support - Filesize Overlay
  • Bluetooth browser

Features I plan to add:
  • Tablet optimization

Reasons to use this instead of other file managers (at least when all features are in!):
  • Better UI (I think? Let me know!)
  • Full root access support
  • Quick and easy to use search and filtering
  • Themes
  • More to come...!

Full language support for: English, Dutch, German, French, Greek, Russian, Portuguese, Spanish, Arabic, Japanese, Polish, Vietnamese

Want to add your language? Download and post a translation.
You can browse existing translations at

Here are some screenshots:

How to use:
  • Swipe your finger right on an folder or file to view the contents. Swipe back to the left to go back.
  • Click on a file or folder to select it. You can then browse to a different folder and select actions at the bottom, and then copy.
  • Tap Places and then Root Access for root control. Your phone must be rooted to use this.
  • Press the menu button to get to the theme browser.

  • 0.6.3
    + Moved 'View this file as text using...' to its own block.
    + Added 'more' button if there are more than 3 items in the share/open blocks.
  • 0.6.4
    + Brand new VirtualTerminal implementation for shell access
  • 0.7.0
    + Preliminary FTP support
  • 0.7.1
    + ZIP file browsing support
    + About dialog
  • 0.7.2
    + ZIP file folders work correctly now
    + Dutch translation added (Credit: avss)
  • 0.7.3
    + File preview now works from any source (local or remote)
    + Greek translation added (Credit: dancer_69)
    + German translation added (Credit: usrname)
  • 0.7.4
    + Copy / move files between local and remote locations is implemented
    + Strings for preferences now valid for translation
  • 0.7.5
    + French translation added (Credit: Mk.Xal)
    + Fix for root mode for folders with spaces in them
  • 0.7.6
    + New translations: Russian, Portuguese, Polish, Spanish
    + Performance improvements for list smoothness
    + Audio and Video file information
    + Possible fix for not being able to open files for certain users
  • 0.7.7
    + Added list style (rounded or square) to theme browser
  • 0.7.8
    + Crash fix
  • 0.8.0
    + Added a simple black background / top bar to theme browser
    + Added Catalan translation
    + Added animated help popup on first run
  • 0.8.1
    + Improved animated help
  • 0.9.0
    + Arabic translation
    + File operations moved to their own context - will complete even if the display is lost
    + Full progress dialog with file transfer speed and estimated completion time
    + Ability to create folders
    + Ability to rename files
    + Ability to select all files in folder
  • 0.9.1
    + Bugfix
  • 0.9.2
    + Fixes for FTP transfers
  • 0.9.3
    + Refresh command
    + Result list dialog on completing a file operation
  • 0.9.4
    + Italian translation
    + File Extension Sort
    + Force root option (possible fix for those with root issues)
  • 0.9.5
    + Recursive sub-folder search
  • 0.9.6
    + Option to save view settings (on by default now)
    + Sub-folder search is now in-exact
    + Shows current search folder while searching
  • 0.9.7
    + Search for text inside files
  • 0.9.8
    + New about dialog - contact me to be included!
    + Fix for save view settings
    + Quick access to remount / and /system as RO or RW (root only)
    + Fixed header for QVGA devices
  • - 1.0
    +Batch set folder/file permissions (root mode)
    +Browse folders while performing file operations
  • 1.1
    + Overlays - Filesize overlay available in the view menu
    + Mount points - Total, Free, Used space
    + Searching - Results are now sorted according to your sort preference
  • 1.2
    + Optimized thumbnails
    + Improved overlay readability
    + Japanese translation
    + Includes mime map for compatibility
  • 1.2.1
    + Optimized thumbnails for search displays
    + New wakelock permission to allow for long transfers
    + Dialog fixes
  • 1.2.2
    + Enabled remote transfers and icons for root mode
    + APK Info - View details of APKs and uninstall old ones
  • 1.3
    + Overwrite file dialog
    + Rename in root mode now works
    + File operations that fail now correctly report failed
  • 1.4
    + Support for tar, tar.gz, tar.bz2 files
    + Copy/Delete/Move files into and out of archives
    + Image thumbnails inside archives
    + MD5 / SHA1 hash support for files
  • 1.4.1
    + Create zip, tar, tar.gz, tar.bz2 files from selection
  • 1.4.2
    + Theme manager now allows you to select folder icons
    + Only successful operations are removed from selected files list
    + Run installed apps
  • 1.5.0
    + Vietnamese translation
    + Support for Android 2.1 devices
    + Bluetooth folder browsing / download / upload
  • 1.5.1
    + Many bugfixes
    + Support for RAR and 7Z files (extraction only currently)
  • 1.5.2
    + Fileslick can now be used to pick files from other apps
    + Will ask if you wish to replace files when extracting archives
    + Support for extracting archives with passwords
  • 1.5.3
    + Crash fix when setting preferences/theme
  • 1.5.4
    + Added new 'fast' themes for slower devices
  • 1.5.5
    + Can set language explicitly in preferences
    + 'Last Place' will automatically be added when changing places to allow quick access to the last place you were in.
  • 1.5.6
    + New FTP functionality (FTPS, FTPES, port, view ftp chat log, etc)
    + Fix for crash when using FileSlick as file selector for other apps
  • 1.5.7 & 1.5.8
    + Bug fixes
    + Option to edit existing ftp hosts
  • 1.5.9
    + SMB Bug fixes
    + Fix to allow moving files between drives
    + New media scan option in preferences
  • 1.6.0
    + New view log option in root mode to see all root commands and responses
    + Updated translations
    + Changed default theme to a faster, simpler gray one
  • 1.7.0
    + New advanced filter button added to normal filter. Currently allows filtering by date and filesize.
    + Option to locally cache remote or archived files to allow them to be opened by other apps.
    + Stability improvements for SMB mode.

FileSlick is now up on the android market!

Or you can grab it from here:
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File Type: apk fileslick.1.6.0.apk - [Click for QR Code] (2.16 MB, 564 views)
File Type: apk fileslick.1.7.0.apk - [Click for QR Code] (2.18 MB, 2316 views)
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21st October 2011, 09:42 PM |#2  
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Hey Ryan, just downloaded, feedback to follow.

OT, Just like to say a big thanks - without your oclf app, i would never have rooted my sgs and been introduced to the world of Android modding.
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22nd October 2011, 08:13 AM |#3  
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Version 0.2 is now available.

+ You can disable adverts now.
+ Couple bug fixes

Still no feedback yet.. if you get a chance, test it out and let me know if you like it or not!
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22nd October 2011, 09:13 AM |#4  
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Hi ryan, if this fe has root access, then it's not easy to find! I'm running miui on my sgs1. The explorer has root granted, but no files when I choose root access from places menu.

For me the background could be a little darker or plain to make text easier to read.

Also the red arrow saying swipe is pointing the opposite way to which u need to swipe - it seems counter intuitive to me (but that could be a personal thing).

I'd prefer much smaller tabs for each file, there's lots of space around the text - if there was less space around the text of each file, you would be able to fit more information on the screen which would make searching for a file easier. (hope I've explained myself ok)

Will play some more.
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22nd October 2011, 09:21 AM |#5  
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Decided to test this out on my Acer Iconia Tab(HC3.2) to test compatability.

Initial thoughts:

1. App has a low memory footprint and browsed directories quickly. +1

2. As you can see in the screeny below, the app looks fine at high resolutions. +1

3. Root file explorer functions work as needed. +1

4. Background is tiled and does not look good on a high-res screen. Perhaps give the option to choose a solid background color... -1

That's my initial thoughts as of yet, keep up the good work and good progress thus far.

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22nd October 2011, 09:24 AM |#6  
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How did u get to root files?
22nd October 2011, 09:39 AM |#7  
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Simple as that...
Select the places option and choose root access.

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22nd October 2011, 09:57 AM |#8  
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Yep, did that, no joy. I've updated superuser and checked root with root checker app. Poss problem with sgs1 or cm7/miui?
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It`s a possibility, but I'm running it on HC3.2 with no issues.

Go into app manager(settings/applications/manage applications) and clear the app cache/data then reboot and try again.

If the above doesn't work contact the dev for more solutions.

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22nd October 2011, 10:27 AM |#10  
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I use 'toolbox ls' to get the files for root access. I'm guessing your device has a non-android-standard toolbox binary. Weird. I'll compile up my own one and include it after I do the theme selection.

It's not really made for tablets yet - tablet version should have multiple small views so you can see multiple folders at once. I'm going to finish the phone side before doing tablet optimizations though.

Thanks for the feedback though, great stuff!
22nd October 2011, 11:35 AM |#11  
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Version 0.3 is up.

+ Theme browser
+ Kittens!

Next up is an included mini-busybox so that root mode will work on all devices, plus viewing/setting permissions for root mode.
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