[CAB] Xda Utilities + compact floating launcher (TBL-Based)
Hi, first of all, sorry for my bad english; Iīm not a developer, Iīm just a enthusiast with very limited knowledge
This is NOTHING new; although CHT provides A LOT of extra features (incluiding a beatiful launcher), but CHT is a TODAY PLUGIN, and their use involves the "exit " the application in the foreground.
After tried too many launchers, I couldn`t find anything with a "System-Utility-flavor" (the feel of actual launchers are like an app more, with a normal window); I searched a launcher capable of appear in top of any window (without completly cover it), with minimal impact in the state of the foreground window...
To explain this, an example is an old misunderstood app; that was SideX
Or this type of app, BUT configurable for a Launcher in "Launch Pad mode", and Alt-Tab task switcher and other capabilities (the launcher offered by this software company is another app, but is a today plugin):
Coming back to WM6.5.x, Taskbar Launcher is very good in that sense, but because its development was stopped, no more support, and I could never get rid of a system freeze when I hit in a empty space. However, it has several useful features that can be implemented for other similar apps
Well, so far the closest application to SideX I've found (but fully functional) is a commercial launcher named "Hi-Launcher", from a software company with several years in the the PDA world
I know, someone who has seen, maybe think that it is an application rather ugly and old-fashioned, but I think that with the adequate settings It can be very USEFUL, although with small icons It can be operated with the fingers without issues (the selection can be "dragged" and the desired action only will started once you release the desired icon)
Iīm not related in anyway with this software company, only want to show my set of utilities an personal setup, that probably will be useful for someone else. In fact, if anyone knows of other similar application with the same functionality and feeling, please let me know! ( of course, after testing this "pack" )
The provided cab is conformed by several utilities developed for xda members, with a setup adapted with the mentioned commercial app (the cab does NOT includes Hi-Launcher). In summary the two main parts of this "suite" are: The xda freeware utilities preconfigured, and the commercial launcher ( named as "RNS Hi-Launcher" )
---Hi-Launcher personalized menu in WM6.5.x----
-"Floating" Launch Pad, without interfering any open app (maybe only interfers on pausing video playback)
-Anywhere, anytime the preconfigured functions will be available
-Is included a "start menu" icon (that launch the standard WM6.5.x Start Menu), because in this setup, its purpose tis not to replace the Windows Start menu (this thanks to TBL`s commands)
-As Task Manager, its conformed with xTask, with the most reliable setting for WM6.5.x custom ROMs
-XTask is complemented with uTask, because Ameba doesnīt work well for it
-By default, in the top bar appears the icons of open apps and you can select to activate the desired app (default xtask/xhook brehavior), but it only was possible by delaying the autostart of xHook (because the use of TBL that normally interferes in this feature, but fixed through the delay of initializing xHook) .
If you dontīt want to have the top bar with icons of open apps, please delete the "xHook_delay.lnk" file from "\Windows\Startup"
-arkSwitch is disabled, because xTask with the correct setting (and uTask assistance) work best ; while ameba and akswitch can be reenabled after desinstall this "pack".
-Rotate Screen function, Camera, File explorer, etc, with availability anytime
-Torch icon (netripperīs torch) is complemented with "keepscreen readable" app, allowing to keep on the device (the device goes to sleep only after the programmed time has ocurred, 3 min by default, registry setting) . Of
course, tapping again the torch icon, turns off the light before the programed time.
The registry key is:
If your device does not support flash light, simply assign other function to this element in: Start -- Hi-Launcher -- Design the menu , and pick the program that you want.
It does the same with other functions.
-The bluetooth icon turns BT in discoverable mode
-Included virtual d-Pad (avalable anytime from anywhere in the PPC)
-Screen OFF icon
-Many customizable functions/launch possibilities
...Also, this includes a simple but versatile task switcher in Alt+Tab style
TRIGGER METHODS INCLUDED
Of origin, Hi-Launcher can be triggered only by Hard Button key, also a trigger through Start button tap (only Start button in TOP bar, NOT compatible with WM6.5.x builds); and Scren gestures.
At this time, these trigger options are not practical, because lastets devices have few main hardware buttons (unlike the LG Fathom, that has a dedicated Taskmanager hardware button); and the gestures are ocupped by other apps and are not accurate.
.Therefore I decided to find the way to this launcher can be triggered by shortcut, with the aim of being able to use this "suite" and use it as possible, This thanks to vjay555īs vjkeyPress.
Because it, and TBL commands, xTask and a registry key; included in this "pack", this launcher can be triggered by the following methods (default)
-Hitting anywhere in the top bar (HTC Notification and the other functions not lost, because itīs included in the Launcher pad)
-LongPress Send key
-Dragging a line from an empty area of top bar, or dragging a line from start (bottom) windows logo. This NOT interfere with any gesture stored in your device (this is a simple function of xTask)
As mentioned, this all comes preconfogurated, but you always can make your own configurations, just I think this cfg is the starting point to enjoy the great xda utilities.
-If you installed any task manager, pelase, uninstall it or deactive it (no problem with arkswitch, this cab overrides it in the ROM)
(install both in MAIN memory, NOT storage card)
-IMPORTANT: FIRST Install Hi-Launcher 1.1 (Not provided)
Hi—Launcher is shareware (9 day trial)
You can play for a while with this software to learn its basic funcionality; but all default settings will be overwritten in the next step. Anyway, is important to open the Hi-Launcher Menu in order to trial period of this app to be activated.
-Install the provided cab (xda Utilities). This file contains THE basic, but useful system utilities for your WM6.5.x PPC (Custom ROM recommended)
-Soft reset (important)
The new launcher brings when you hit the top taskbar of WM6.5.x; Send Key (hold), or drag a line from top bar, or from start (bottom) button ...and take advantage of ease of use and multitasking
Of course, the settings of Hi-Launcher can be personalized even more
: In Hi-Launcher confIguration menu, please don`t change "Menu Trigger" configuration
, in order to keep triggering the launch pad with the mentioned trigger methods.
To restore the suggested functionality of Hi-Launcher (just in case), I included a File called "Hi-Launcher reapply settings.zip", not necessary if you donīt change the "menu trigger" setting
Remember, RNS Hi-Launcher is shareware, which implies that after using it for the trial period, you should buy or unisntall, which is reason I also wonder why other BEST alternatives exists, with the same or BETTER posibilities and feeling..
UPGRADING FROM TRIAL TO FULL
-Install or activate Hi-Launcher 1.x full version, then brings an option to keep setting, choose YES
(always you can Backup to file your Hi-Launcher Settings from its menu)
UNINSTALL AND REVERT TO ARKSWITCH/AMEBA
-Uninstall RNS Hi-Launcher
-Go to \TasbarLauncher\tblconfig.exe
-Select "Disabled" (also advisable on reinstallation of this pack)
-OK ( or "back key" )
-Uninstall "xda utilities for HL" (it takes up to a pair of minutes, because the tbl.exe process)
After this, to revert Ameba and ArkSwitch to default setting, install "Revert Ameba Settings" cab (but I hope that you find xTask most useful with their proper settings)
The credits is 100% to all developers at xda for their hard work; I only cabbed it and preconfigured in a basic mode, I will add the full list of xda theads app used for this.
NOTE: THIS POST IS FOR WM6.5.X VGA/WVGA DEVICES AND "ALL IN ONE" VERSION; FOR WM 6.1/6.5 DEVICES, OR IF YOU DONTīWANT TO INSTALL xTASK, PLEASE SEE THE POST #9