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[APP] MMAppLauncher v1.0 - Full Start Menu Replacement (WM 6.5, 6.5.x)

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By Maximus.Mobile, Member on 30th September 2010, 02:43 AM
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MMAppLauncher is a full Start Menu and Settings replacement similar to Android. It does more than just replace your original, boring start menu. It keeps track of your most 20 recent run apps, as well as allowing you to save an app as favorite. Another unique feature that MMAL has to offer is the ability to run any process (similar to Run under Windows) with given arguments. On top of the cool features mentioned, MMAL also allows you to modify any shortcut name and icon of your choice with a few touches of your finger tip.

Features:
  • Full Start Menu replacement
  • Keep tracks of 20 recent run apps
  • Save apps as favorite for easy access
  • Run processes similar to Windows Run (supports arguments)
  • Full Settings replacement
Requirements & Supports:
  • .NET Compact Framework 3.5
  • Windows Mobile 6.x Professional
  • QVGA, VGA, WVGA, and Square Screen Support
  • Landscape Support
  • AppToDate Support
Version 1.0:
  • 1.0.100901
  • No limitation.

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File Type: cab MMAppLauncher v1.0.CAB - [Click for QR Code] (288.8 KB, 12248 views)
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30th September 2010, 03:25 AM |#2  
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Wow great! But would it be possible to integrate a black or darker background? The white is really bright
30th September 2010, 03:47 AM |#3  
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I'll be loading this tonight and will report any bugs. One question though, does it support folders? Thanks!
30th September 2010, 04:26 AM |#4  
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Great Idea! I'll test this and send my feedback.
I'm a fan of all your apps bro!
Nice job.
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EDIT:
My Feedback:
Scrolling is smooth.
The idea of "Rounded gray boxes" is great.
The last tab does not work and app closes with "ArgumentNullException".

My Suggestions:
- Maybe implanting some kind of cache for shortcuts reduces the time when app starts on reboot.
- It would be nice to allow user to create groups or folders for apps and be able to organize them.
- For users with many application shortcuts a "Quick Search" function or an "alphabetical selector" (like the one in Manila contact manager) is really time-saving.
- "Skin" support will also be cool!
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30th September 2010, 05:06 AM |#5  
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Does it disable the WM 6.5(.x) start menu?
30th September 2010, 05:19 AM |#6  
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Looks like a decent implementation. Nice work.
Will report back my experience with it.
30th September 2010, 06:23 AM |#7  
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Quote:
Originally Posted by bazinga

Wow great! But would it be possible to integrate a black or darker background? The white is really bright

Yes, it's possible to have an option for dark or light theme similar to Windows Phone 7.

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Originally Posted by ghintx

I'll be loading this tonight and will report any bugs. One question though, does it support folders? Thanks!

no it doesn't support folders. This is similar to Android all programs.

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Originally Posted by Alireza2n

Great Idea! I'll test this and send my feedback.
I'm a fan of all your apps bro!
Nice job.
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EDIT:
My Feedback:
Scrolling is smooth.
The idea of "Rounded gray boxes" is great.
The last tab does not work and app closes with "ArgumentNullException".

My Suggestions:
- Maybe implanting some kind of cache for shortcuts reduces the time when app starts on reboot.
- It would be nice to allow user to create groups or folders for apps and be able to organize them.
- For users with many application shortcuts a "Quick Search" function or an "alphabetical selector" (like the one in Manila contact manager) is really time-saving.
- "Skin" support will also be cool!

Hmm that's strange for the ArgumentNullException. I've tested on stock rom and stock emulator 6.5 and 6.5.x. They work fine

I like the skin and cache suggestion. But when the app starts up it still needs to read from the cache to memory which still takes time.

You can add your apps to favorite to easier searching.

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Originally Posted by mwalt2

Does it disable the WM 6.5(.x) start menu?

There's an option to override the start menu. When it's on, clicking on the start menu will bring up MMAppLauncher. When it's off, windows original start menu will be shown.
30th September 2010, 06:31 AM |#8  
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Originally Posted by Maximus.Mobile

There's an option to override the start menu. When it's on, clicking on the start menu will bring up MMAppLauncher. When it's off, windows original start menu will be shown.

This part is not working for me.
It overrode the Start Menu one time and then would no longer open after that.
Neither this app, or the WM Start Menu.
Although it's possible, that there may be a conflict with the new WM Start Menu softkey in CHT 2.0? Maybe something to look at anyhow.
Nice Beta app. otherwise. Also, not sure what the last icon on the bottom bar is(settings?), but it crashes with an exception for me.

WM 6.5.x
HTC Rhodium/TP2
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HTC TP1
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30th September 2010, 06:43 AM |#9  
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Originally Posted by santod040

This part is not working for me.
It overrode the Start Menu one time and then would no longer open after that.
Neither this app, or the WM Start Menu.
Although it's possible, that there may be a conflict with the new WM Start Menu softkey in CHT 2.0? Maybe something to look at anyhow.
Nice Beta app. otherwise. Also, not sure what the last icon on the bottom bar is(settings?), but it crashes with an exception for me.

WM 6.5.x
HTC Rhodium/TP2
and
HTC TP1

The Start Menu might have some conflict with CHT. Also, the last button is Settings. It strange how it crashes as I've tested on WM 6.5 stock rom, 6.5 and 6.5.x emulator I'll look into it.
30th September 2010, 07:06 AM |#10  
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Smile Will test this one
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Originally Posted by Maximus.Mobile

The Start Menu might have some conflict with CHT. Also, the last button is Settings. It strange how it crashes as I've tested on WM 6.5 stock rom, 6.5 and 6.5.x emulator I'll look into it.

This looks SWEET
I'll try this program, looking for an good Start Menu alternative (since it eats so much RAM)
My ROM: TouchPro2 Simplicity 21679 - 6.5.X with CHT installed (not cooked in)

My comment:
Played with it. After installing it seems to work pretty smooth.
It takes some time before all programs shows up but I think that's because my start menu folder is to full.
The start menu overide only works when the program is already active (process is open). It's posible to use AMEBA for this one.

CHT button settings that probaly solve your problem with CHT (i know the button is ugly, just to get the idea).


The NETCF error, it comes when I play with the start menu, a soft-reset didn't help. I'm sure that NETCF is installed, because when I trying to install it says there's already a newer version installed. GOT ANY IDEA?
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Disabling the standard start menu:
This is all before i've installed the cab to disable the standard start-menu.
Installing the cab doesn't change anything, hard to tell if it free some RAM.
Afther that I enabled the Start Menu button (softkey) by adjusting the following registry:
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Shell\Bubble Tiles]
"TextModeEnabled"=dword:00000001
"HardwareStartKeyEnabled"=dword:00000000
"HardwareDoneKeyEnabled"=dword:00000000
When the buttons are visible again they don't have any function
After all that i've used AMEBA to start MMAppLauncher when I press the Start Menu and it works.
The start-menu hardwarekey is easy to adjust in the regular button settings.

After all this configuring/tweaking:
No matter if the program is started already or if i'm in CHT or not, MMAppLauncher will start when i hit the start button.

Hopefully this testing and adjusting helps you with this great app.
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30th September 2010, 07:31 AM |#11  
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Originally Posted by Maximus.Mobile

Yes, it's possible to have an option for dark or light theme similar to Windows Phone 7.

How can I do this?

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