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[APP][LAUNCHER] TasKarou Launcher Overlay

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5th November 2012, 08:04 AM   |  #1  
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Tired of moving your fingers up/down your tablet to switch applications? Try out TasKarou!

TasKarou is a multitasking launcher overlay.

Taking inspiration from the 'Quick Controls' feature in the android browser, TasKarou provides a multitasking layer on top of a launcher on tablets.

By swiping anywhere on the left or right edge of your tablet screen, you can activate TasKarou's UI.
It gives you access to a quick, smooth, and intuitive interface to facilitate app launch, transition, and management for the user

The user interface brings a more responsive, and enjoyable level of interaction to your tablet.

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To use TasKarou, set it as the default home launcher, and from TasKarou's settings, select the actual home launcher you want to overlay.
TasKarou user interface is then triggered by swiping from either the left of right edge of your tablet screen, while still allowing access to the overlaid home launcher through the home button.

The app is also available in the android market.
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5th November 2012, 04:02 PM   |  #2  
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nice app, but how do i use the browser controls? when im in the browser and put my finger to the side the taskarou menu opens...
6th November 2012, 01:09 PM   |  #3  
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nice app, but how do i use the browser controls? when im in the browser and put my finger to the side the taskarou menu opens...

It's not possible to use both at the same time, since both controls rely on the user touching the edge of the screen.
If you have an idea on how I could get around that issue, I'm all ear.
6th November 2012, 02:23 PM   |  #4  
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Quote:
Originally Posted by ne0fhyk

It's not possible to use both at the same time, since both controls rely on the user touching the edge of the screen.

that sucks, because it basically makes the browser unusable.

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If you have an idea on how I could get around that issue, I'm all ear.

some ideas from the top of my head:

- disable taskarou menu completely when in browser
- disable one side of the screen (permanently or when in browser)
- disable the upper/lower/middle half of the screen (permanently or when in browser)

on another note, the notification HAS to go. at least make it optional.

that being said, i really do like the concept of the app i found myself regularly swiping in from the screen edges when not in browser, and then being disappointed that nothing happened.
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Originally Posted by kendong2

that sucks, because it basically makes the browser unusable.



some ideas from the top of my head:

- disable taskarou menu completely when in browser
- disable one side of the screen (permanently or when in browser)
- disable the upper/lower/middle half of the screen (permanently or when in browser)

on another note, the notification HAS to go. at least make it optional.

that being said, i really do like the concept of the app i found myself regularly swiping in from the screen edges when not in browser, and then being disappointed that nothing happened.

Thanks for your suggestions. I have a few other ideas along with the ones you suggest that I will try to integrate, and test in the following days.
In the meantime, I updated TasKarou to also support android phones. I duplicated this thread in the 'Android Apps and Games' section to make it more visible: http://forum.xda-developers.com/show....php?t=1984010
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11th November 2012, 12:59 AM   |  #6  
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I like this. Definitely a nice addition to my current launcher.

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13th November 2012, 12:48 AM   |  #7  
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Definitely slick in some aspects. Can't say I really like it as it messes with my LMT set up and takes up more RAM on top of it.

There's a lot to be done like distinguishing different "hotspots" and designating right side only or left side only. Overall though I really enjoy the transitions and how the menu auto-switches based on which choices you're hovering over. Very intuitive choices too that I agree with about which things go where.


Looking forward to the potential this holds in the future. I may just abandon my LMT setup if done right.
Edit: And of course the ability for users to add/edit the options, potentially switch the color for mere superficial reasons. Something like my screenshot.


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Originally Posted by ne0fhyk

It's not possible to use both at the same time, since both controls rely on the user touching the edge of the screen.
If you have an idea on how I could get around that issue, I'm all ear.

Maybe ask SwipePad's developer.

(I'm not being sarcastic)
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13th November 2012, 01:29 AM   |  #9  
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Really useful. Love the idea, but it does cause a few conflicts with apps that rely on swiping from the sides of the screen. Having said that, when I set the margin to 13 pixels I can use the Dolphin browser (for example) without too many issues by not swiping from the outer edge, but by placing the finger a little more away from the edge and then swiping inwards. Other apps are less forgiving.

What about a button in the notification area, which is visible at all times anyways?

EDIT:

If swiping has the preference, then it would be more logical to align the available programs/tasks to the side from which was swiped. Swiping and selecting can be done with one hand then, regardless of which hand was used to swipe with.
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13th November 2012, 03:45 AM   |  #10  
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The recents button is useless, I never use it, ever.

I'd like the option to use this instead and just disable the side activation altogether.

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