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[APP] zMooth gesture app to replace keys

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By windroidHD, Senior Member on 8th April 2011, 09:11 AM
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Just finished publishing zMooth gesture app in android market, it will allow you to use gestures to mimic back, home, menu and power (Pro version) hardware keys.

I wrote this app to be unobtrusive by using minimum amount of screen space but at the same time be very easy and intuitive to use. If you use for couple of days you will understand how easy it is to use.

after you install the app you will see a blue area at the bottom of the screen, swipe left on this area to go back, swipe right for menu and gesture a up-arrow(^) for home.

I highly suggest that you try using different gesture length and speed, it is very sensitive at default settings.
  • I picked the gestures which will have least conflict/collision so that when you gesture you don't have to worry that it might fire the wrong action. The aim was to make them error resistant and build user confidence in gesturing.
  • you don't have to do complete swipe or draw arrow symbol correctly, just a small quick gesture will work.
  • The swipes don't have to be perfectly horizontal, you can do them at an angle.
  • Small swipe/gesture will also work, they don't have to do be as long as they were shown in screenshots.
  • I didn't pick any complicated gestures because back, home and menu should be achievable with out giving a second thought, after couple of days the fingers should move with least effort and finger flexion and MUST be easier than pressing buttons.

Android market link

Need help or something is not working?
Support is built-in to the app, "Preferences->Help" will resolve most issues. If not resolved just contact me through "Preferences->Help->Contact Support" and I will be happy to resolve any issues. You can also use browser for FAQ / Common Issues for more info.

QR code link to both Pro and Lite version in android market app (or just search for "zmooth" in android market) :

Please check market for updates and changes.

Sorry for the quality, I never posted videos of phone screen's before, didn't know how difficult it is to capture these screen's on video.
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8th April 2011, 09:47 AM |#2  
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Omg! I was dreaming about app like this
This is my second HD2, and I'm a little paranoic about using screen-off and back key

Big thx.

Hmmm, I can't set Display Height below 20. If I set less than 20, turn off the app, this always back to 20 value.
Secondly, would be great to able to set position of the bar (not only the bottom).
8th April 2011, 10:03 AM |#3  
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klusek1985: I personally never turn off the app so never noticed it. I set min as 20 so people don't accidentally make it too small. is 20 being too obtrusive? what lcd_density are you using?.

going to sleep will be back tomorrow sometime.
8th April 2011, 10:41 AM |#4  
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I use HD2, so it is WVGA. Density is 240 (NexusOne rom)
Imo 20 value is too large for me. Maybe you can unlock full spectrum of values able to set ?

I understand an option like change color of bar etc. will be avaible on future versions ?

Again, good work
8th April 2011, 11:46 AM |#5  
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Great job man!!! I always think pressing the back button is a very extra movement... and you just save the world!!! ha ha.... thanks man for your effort! Appreciate it. I think this app is cool...
8th April 2011, 12:53 PM |#6  
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First impression is really good, I would like to see some features as:

- Ability to move the zone to anywhere on the display
- change the colour of the zone / change colour of gesture draw
- make the zone / gesture draw transparent (top priority reqeust from me )
- set the size of the "popup" box / disable bigger box?
- disable draw area if application X is running (like widgetlocker - dont need this nice app when the screen is locked) (high priority for me again )
- maybe later, add custom draws? draw a square and launch application X

If these feature will come in the future... well what should I say, that would be awesome
Really nice!

Edit: Cant find it on market yet

Edit2: Bug found:
When chaning the height I have to reenable the app otherwise I get an error "error executing gesture, please restart app"
Sometimes also happens when device gets into standby and wakes up.. (need to confirm)
8th April 2011, 04:17 PM |#7  
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Was planning some of the features you mentioned already. Thanks for feedback. App is in market now, updated the OP.
8th April 2011, 05:24 PM |#8  
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I installed from Market, and I can set 10 (size) now
8th April 2011, 05:42 PM |#9  
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Thanks for this work, it's usefull, but i've a problem with the height, i want 10, in setting it says 10, but when i do the first gesture on my home, it come back with 50 of height, and in setting, it show me 10 ???

P.S: in green, my home would be happy
8th April 2011, 06:11 PM |#10  
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Originally Posted by xX CISSOU Xx

Thanks for this work, it's usefull, but i've a problem with the height, i want 10, in setting it says 10, but when i do the first gesture on my home, it come back with 50 of height, and in setting, it show me 10 ???

P.S: in green, my home would be happy

I will try fixing the height issue today. (hopefully I will get some free time at work).
8th April 2011, 06:32 PM |#11  
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It's like a dream come true! Thank you! Please keep updating this!
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