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[APP][30 JUL]ALTDRAWER 0.7.1 Alternative APP DRAWER [Perfect for MIUI] [Many options]

xuso

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CONTINUED DEVELOPMENT HERE :)

I even sent him all my source code and new features. Thanks to everyone for that all support comments, but this is the end, I can't continue the development by myself :( Enjoy the new app ;)


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Hi, xda people, this is my first app. It's an alternative app drawer (launcher independent) in which you can choose between GRID view (default on all launchers), LIST view (WP7 like) or HORIZONTAL PAGED view (iPhone like). Perfect for people who doesn't have a drawer, like MIUI users, but avaiable for everyone who wants an highly customizable drawer: you can change any option you want :D

CHANGELOG:
0.7.1 - 30/07/11
  • Check for new version in Settings.
  • Backup and restore preferences
  • + and - buttons in slide bar preferences
  • [FIX] Helvetica font changed because typo issues
  • Batch/Multi-select for hiding, editing and uninstalling apps
  • Fixed misplaced wallpaper and added live wallpaper support.
  • Added french, greek, italian and dutch translations (Thanks to Tydi, dancer_69, tiwiz and Duncank)
  • App list loads at boot in background (Enable from settings)
    (BETA. Maybe some apps won't appear listed because they loaded after AltDrawer started, for example if they were installed in sd card, so you have to click "Refresh" after SD mounted)
0.6.1 - 22/07/11
  • New icon (Thanks to ebbinger_413!)
  • Edit name and/or icon of an app
  • Sort by name, most used and installation date
  • [FIX] Some little bugs
  • First try to close the drawer after opening an app
0.5.1 - 16/07/11
  • Horizontal paged scroll
  • SHOULD stay in memory
  • [FIX] Bug on create shortcut
  • Option to low-quality background (improves scrolling)
  • Custom font type (to install a new font, put it into /sdcard/AltDrawer/fonts)
  • Other little fixes and changes and dont' remember :p
  • [FIX] Home button issue from 0.5
0.4 - 11/07/11
  • Option to remember or not, last list position
  • [FIX] Finally, I hope, all the apps opens correctly.
  • Improved scrolling
  • [FIX] Font size not changing bug.
  • [FIX] Menu button available for Honeycomb tablets.
  • Home button at right when device in landscape (perfect for tablets)
  • Hide apps function available
  • No longer need to refresh when an app is installed/uninstalled

0.3.2 - 07/07/11
  • Added version info in settings
  • Added german translation (Thanks to frysee)
  • Improved speed when rotating screen
  • Screen orientation: by sensor, always portrait or always landscape
  • Change background (image/wallpaper) transparency
  • [FIX] Home button position setting (center, left, right)
  • [FIX] Big resolution problems
  • Improved general speed (first loading and launching apps)
  • Hardware acceleration enabled (Honeycomb tablets)
  • The drawer does not closes when opening an application
  • Other little changes

0.2 - 06/07/11
  • Now the drawer closes when open an app
  • Fullscreen mode (hides status bar)
  • Change home button position: bottom, top, left or right
  • [FIX] When uninstall an app, drawer refreshes
  • [FIX] Some spanish translations



0.1 - 04/07/11 (First release)
  • List view
  • Grid view
  • Uninstall app from drawer
  • Create shortcut for any app
  • Portrait or landscape mode
  • Change row spacing
  • Number of columns on grid view
  • Font color
  • Font and icon size
  • Background (color, image or wallpaper)
  • Show 'Home button' or not
KNOWN BUGS:
  • When Multi-select and edit icons, the icon in preview dialog does not change, but don't worry, when you Accept, the icon will be changed in app list
IDEAS FROM ME AND USERS (Maybe coming soon, maybe not):
  • New animations
  • Groups/categories
  • Icon background
  • Icon themes
  • Folders
  • Search/Filter function
  • Favorites
  • Option to act as a launcher
TRANSLATIONS:
  • English
  • Spanish
  • German (frysee)
  • Greek (dancer_69)
  • French (Tydi)
  • Italian (tiwiz)
  • Dutch (Duncank)
And, finally, the apk. It's free and full. Not ads, not lite version. :D

DOWNLOAD!


Obvious tip: Move a shortcut of AltDrawer and replace the old app drawer of your launcher :D

IMPORTANT, IF YOU'RE ROOT DO THE FOLLOWING:
PREVENT ALTDRAWER FROM CLOSING WHEN IT IS IN BACKGROUND

Move the app to the internal memory before doing this. And recommendable to convert back to user-app (after moving to the internal memory) and reboot before updating.
Move the apk (once installed) from /data/app/com.xuso.altdrawer.apk to /system/app/
Restart phone.

OR

With Titanium Backup go to Copy/Restore tab, long click on Alt Drawer and select "Convert to system app"
Restart phone.

If you're not root, don't worry you can use the app perfectly too (But you should think about becoming root, it rocks :p)

Thanks to NiMH_999 for this trick ;)
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ICON CONTEST

If you like to design the new AltDrawer icon, just follow this points and send me a PM with your design :)

- Must be nice :p
- Must be related to the app
- 128x128 px at least

WINNER OF THE CONTEST: ebbinger_413 :D

 
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pchirag3

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Well, tried it on SE Xperia x10 with WB's CM6 TW007 ROM with Custom kernel. it works fine but its very very slow (loading the apps in drawer - once the app drawer is loaded it works like charm). Also, if you can add paged view option in Grid style instead of scrolling that would be awesome.

Very good app but the slowness is concern. Uninstall option in the app drawer itself is the best option.

Thanks,
Chirag
 
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xuso

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Well, tried it on SE Xperia x10 with WB's CM6 TW007 ROM with Custom kernel. it works fine but its very very slow (loading the apps in drawer - once the app drawer is loaded it works like charm). Also, if you can add paged view option in Grid style instead of scrolling that would be awesome.

Very good app but the slowness is concern. Uninstall option in the app drawer itself is the best option.

Thanks,
Chirag
Slow? How many seconds does it take? It takes just 2 seconds first time to my LG P500 (600Mhz OC. @ 748Mhz) :confused: Anyway, I'll try to optimize it a little ;)

The paged view is a 'Coming soon...' feature, don't know how soon, but yes, it was in my mind. Added to the list.


Thanks for trying and reporting ;)
 
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yken

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For me its not slow. Im on galaxy s.
Perfect app drawer. I liked this very much. I hope you develop soon
those coming soon features.
And i wonder if you can make it import go launcher/adw/openhome themes or icons.
Can you make fancy icon backgrounds too if possible?
 
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pchirag3

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Tried it several times, also rebooted the phone and tried again but still same takes me anywhere between 20-25 seconds each time I load.
 

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Thanks Xuso!

I appreciate the work you've put into this alternate launcher. I love silly little things like being able to customize the drawer background and the option to switch to list view. The fullscreen option is going to rock!

I have about 50 Apps and it takes about 5 seconds to load. Running Synergy-RC1 on an HTC Evo at 998MHz. I think customizing the wallpaper is what is delaying the load time. I've noticed that setting it to solid black has really done the job of making it instantaneous. Perhaps if you took the image file selected, cached a local copy, and optimized the image for minimal memory then you could minimize delay.

Also, with sense there is no real way to change the app drawer functionality to this program. For now it must be done with a shortcut. Do you have any plans for making a widget out of this? I've always wondered why they didn't just have an "App Drawer" widget that lets you scroll through in list form like yours does.

Overall, very happy with the program. Thank you kindly!

*Edit*
I seemed to have made this a little faster by unchecking the "Show 'Back to Home' Button", if only slightly. Not sure why that would really impact things, but having this launch at the same if not similar speed to the built in drawer is currently what I'm trying to do. If you added a 'keep in memory' option that would help to keep the speed consistent. Thanks.
 
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kajozord

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Well, tried it on SE Xperia x10 with WB's CM6 TW007 ROM with Custom kernel. it works fine but its very very slow (loading the apps in drawer - once the app drawer is loaded it works like charm). Also, if you can add paged view option in Grid style instead of scrolling that would be awesome.

Very good app but the slowness is concern. Uninstall option in the app drawer itself is the best option.

Thanks,
Chirag
The same on my phone. LOading list of apps takes over 10s. I have also few FCs when i entered to settings.
X10 TW007.1, custom kernel
 

hiddenhandgun

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Have you considered making this a home screen replacement? AFAIK there's not a drawer only launcher out there yet, and I have seen a few requests for one...
 

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Thanks for that great app. It took about 3 seconds to load it at first time. I guess that will make some MIUI users happy.

Sent from my HTC Desire Z using Tapatalk
 

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Hi,

I am using grid view with 5 columns and 54 lines :D (=1350 icons).

load time = 15 seconds

with friendly greet

starbase64
 
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xuso

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Thanks Xuso!

I appreciate the work you've put into this alternate launcher. I love silly little things like being able to customize the drawer background and the option to switch to list view. The fullscreen option is going to rock!

I have about 50 Apps and it takes about 5 seconds to load. Running Synergy-RC1 on an HTC Evo at 998MHz. I think customizing the wallpaper is what is delaying the load time. I've noticed that setting it to solid black has really done the job of making it instantaneous. Perhaps if you took the image file selected, cached a local copy, and optimized the image for minimal memory then you could minimize delay.

Also, with sense there is no real way to change the app drawer functionality to this program. For now it must be done with a shortcut. Do you have any plans for making a widget out of this? I've always wondered why they didn't just have an "App Drawer" widget that lets you scroll through in list form like yours does.

Overall, very happy with the program. Thank you kindly!

*Edit*
I seemed to have made this a little faster by unchecking the "Show 'Back to Home' Button", if only slightly. Not sure why that would really impact things, but having this launch at the same if not similar speed to the built in drawer is currently what I'm trying to do. If you added a 'keep in memory' option that would help to keep the speed consistent. Thanks.
Thanks for the tips ;)

For me does not change at all if there is a solid color or an image as background.

And yeah, I thought the widget idea, but not for soon, I think.

Have you considered making this a home screen replacement? AFAIK there's not a drawer only launcher out there yet, and I have seen a few requests for one...
Home screen replacement? You mean a launcher? This is not a launcher, this is only the app drawer already :confused:

Hi,

I am using grid view with 5 columns and 54 lines :D (=1350 icons).

load time = 15 seconds

with friendly greet

starbase64
5*54=270 icons :p

Anyway, 270 icons are a lot of installed apps..

I'll think how to figure it out...