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[APP] ZLaunchy version 0.2 - T9-like application launcher with a dialpad

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By wojciechka, Junior Member on 29th August 2009, 08:06 PM
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ZLaunchy - version 0.2

This is still an early beta, so some things might not work

ZLaunchy was written mainly for those who like the way Windows Mobile dialer allows searching for contacts in a T9-like way - so that finding Adam means choosing 2326 in the phone application. ZLaunchy uses the same idea to run programs on your device. What it does is gives you a dialer keypad and when you type in a series of digits, it searches for all programs that match - for example to start Internet Explorer, start typing 4683 - Internet Explorer and Internet Sharing should show up in the result list.

Application performs a search using all items in the Start Menu. It also skips showing application icons, which causes it to work faster than usual application launchers. This makes ZLaunchy a perfect candidate for an application that's bound to a hardware key (using system settings) and have it always handy when you want to find an application quickly.

In order to search for a particular text as beginning of words, type the specified digits - for example 4683 to find Internet explorer. In order to search for specified letter(s) not only at beginning of words, add "1" at the end - for example 4681 will find PowerPoint Mobile.


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Download - QVGA, WVGA, VGA, WVGA:
http://www.endorser.org/wm/zlaunchy

Change history for version 0.2
* Added support for square QVGA (240x240 and 320x320) devices
* Support for entering digits or text using hardware keyboard
* Configuration panel - vibration feedback, additional search location
* Added possibility of searching My Documents and one additional directory (multiple directories coming soon)
* Searching for strings not only at beginning of words (by appending 1 at the end)
* Optionally run on startup - starts and hides ZLaunchy in the background
* Minor bugfixes


Plans for future releases
* More configuration options
* Configurable, easily switchable "profiles" - i.e. "start menu", my documents, custom directories
* Ability to search in settings items - not sure on how to list items in there from C#
* Multi-language support - both translations and better locale-specific searching (only supports English and Polish nicely for now)
* Support for theming (result list and buttons separately)
 
 
29th August 2009, 08:30 PM |#2  
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Very cool... I don't think I'll need it but I like the idea. Nice work.
29th August 2009, 08:57 PM |#3  
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thanks for the app anyway, BUT...
you should have mentioned that this app was for VGA only...
you could have saved an install and an uninstall for me dude!
29th August 2009, 09:01 PM |#4  
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Quote:
Originally Posted by .dredd.

thanks for the app anyway, BUT...
you should have mentioned that this app was for VGA only...
you could have saved an install and an uninstall for me dude!

This shouldn't be VGA only. That's why it's still 0.1 - not quite final yet.

EDIT: Fixed - some screw-up in the CAB creation. Now there's a separate QVGA/VGA installer that works fine on both.

@dredd - care to retry?
29th August 2009, 09:58 PM |#5  
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Great concept seriously !
29th August 2009, 10:58 PM |#6  
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Oh my god that program is just AWESOME.
That's the thing i missed all the time on my WiMo-phone. On my computer, i'm only starting programs with launchy, it's much more faster than browsing a start-menu or something like that.

If you need help, ask me. I'm quite experienced with photoshop and also can help you with translations (german).

A version with a full QWERTY-keyboard (that covers 3/4 of the screen) would be great too.
29th August 2009, 11:04 PM |#7  
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Great idea! Wonder if I can use it like filemanager too? I'm always searching for a cab on my storage card. This is brilliant!..

I'll assign it to a button for quick launch.

Thanks for sharing..
29th August 2009, 11:11 PM |#8  
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Works great! Smooth, fast , Vibration feedback, finger scrolling! Very smart!
30th August 2009, 12:47 AM |#9  
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Thankyou very cool app anyway to turn off haptic feedback? If not could you implement for future release
30th August 2009, 09:36 AM |#10  
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Great stuff!

How about options to search for other file type by name? Photos, docs, etc? \
Might make it even more powerful.

As I sad, this is great!
30th August 2009, 09:46 AM |#11  
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wow it's really fast. thanks. maybe an option to remove the vibration in the next release?
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