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JKab

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Changelog:
3.0
  • New style: Android L recents view
  • New feature: Favorites apps for Smart-Slider
  • New feature: Launch from Search button
  • New feature: Show/Hide buttons as you like
  • New feature: Kill apps with root
  • Feature now free: on/off Smart-Slider visual indicator
  • Improvment: the notification icon is now hidden by default

2.0
  • New style: Grid style
  • New: Swipe a card up to kill
  • Improvement: Faster rendering with Icon pack (up to 3x faster after a first set up)
  • New: Link added in help section to join translators
  • New: Use your wallpaper as background
  • New: Setting for fullscreen (enable/disable)
  • Fix: UI fix on app switching during "fade" transition
  • Fix: Bug with Smart-Slider shortcut
  • Fix: Bug when swiping out an app
2.0 Beta 1
  • New style: Grid style
  • New: Swipe a card up to kill
  • Improvment: Faster rendering with Icon pack (up to 3x faster after a first set up)
  • New: Link added in help section to join translators
  • Fix: UI fix on app switching during "fade" transition
  • Fix: Bug with Smart-Slider shortcut
  • Fix: Bug when swiping out an app
1.5
  • New feature: long-click popup menu
  • New feature: home button
  • Fix: the Smart-Slider area should not shrink anymore
  • Fix: various UI fixes
1.4
  • New feature: exclude apps from the app (Applications > exclude list)
  • New feature: Smart-Slider shortcut opens the recent bar (act like a widget, so do what you want with it, i.e. replace soft key, use it with Tasker, ...)
  • New feature: enable/disable the Smart-Slider through notification
  • New transition effect: fade
  • New: 'flat' visual indicator for the Smart-Slider (Smart-Slider > Indicator style)
  • Fix: close the recent bar with back/home button
  • Translation: portuguese, german, spanish and polish
1.3.2 - 1.3.3
  • Bunch of bug fix
1.3
  • Improved UI
  • Icon Pack support: use your icon pack into Fancy Switcher! It only supports some packs for now, so tell us if the pack you need works ;)
  • Smart-Slider: start with gesture. Prevent unintentional activation with a simple touch
  • Smart-Slider: open the recent bar with a single touch
  • Closed apps: no more black and white apps. Running apps have a visual indicator
  • New: 3D icon effect (Settings > More options)
  • New: message is shown when an app is killed
  • New option: hide reflection
1.2
  • New transition animation: "Open" effect (available for Fancy Switcher and for the Smart-Slider)
  • New "Data" settings: Backup and Restore all your settings
  • New functionality when you swipe the thumbnail back to the edge: choose if you want a list of recent apps, or start Fancy Switcher (Go to Settings > Smart-Slider)
  • No more "transparent" notification icon: hide it completely
  • Reverse the order of apps (Scrolling options > Reversed)
  • Transparent Background (Settings > Background Color)
  • New RAM management (RAM consumption has been reduced when Fancy Switcher is not in front)

1.1.3
  • Decrease RAM consumption
  • Notification: if transparent, the icon is still visible in the notification panel
  • Notification: ability to remove it completely (the choice is given when you want to hide it)
  • Rework buttons UI, added a new "RAM" button
  • Ability to turn off Fancy Switcher globally
  • Ability to hide closed apps
  • Improved global stability


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Fancy Switcher, App for the Android General

Contributors
JKab

Version Information
Status: Stable
Current Stable Version: 3.0
Stable Release Date: 2014-10-05
Current Beta Version: 3.0 Beta 8
Beta Release Date: 2014-08-27

Created 2014-01-30
Last Updated 2014-11-06
 
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Gio_ital

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I played a bit with this app today and I have to say that it is a very nice. And I only tried the free features ;). The only thing that makes me not to use this app is the ram consumption, over 100 mb.
OP if you can make it lighter it will be a really great switcher :thumbup:

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JKab

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I played a bit with this app today and I have to say that it is a very nice. And I only tried the free features ;). The only thing that makes me not to use this app is the ram consumption, over 100 mb.
OP if you can make it lighter it will be a really great switcher :thumbup:

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The RAM consumption is mainly due to thumbnails saved in cache (= smoother app). I'll do my best to lower that number, or maybe add an option to let the user choose between using RAM cache or not?

Thanks for feedback :good:
 
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xPr0metheus

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Hey I tried the free app and I would like to request some things:

1. transparent background like in stock switcher
2. Option to list the apps under each other instead of next to each other (also like in stock
3. Different position of clear and settings button. Like this:
hu2e3u2e.jpg

4. Option to disable app drawer icon
5. Notification icon: isn't there a way to just keep the notification and not the icon? The space is very ugly. Swipe home button for example lets you disable the icon and has just a message in the notification bar with no empty gap...
neqygume.jpg


And then I have a question: what is the + symbol standing for when I pull the last app away from the screenside?

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JKab

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Hey I tried the free app and I would like to request some things:

1. transparent background like in stock switcher
2. Option to list the apps under each other instead of next to each other (also like in stock
3. Different position of clear and settings button.
4. Option to disable app drawer icon
5. [About notification]

And then I have a question: what is the + symbol standing for when I pull the last app away from the screenside?

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Well, thanks for suggestions :)

1. Planned for next release ;)
2. Why not, I try to develop a different switcher compared to the stock one, but I'll think about it
3. Looks like you really like the stock switcher, don't you ;)?
4. That's a good request, but not an easy one... I'm definitely going to look into it
5. Consider it done for next release :)

And finally, the plus symbol let the user know he can swipe back to show other apps. Is it too much for you?

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xPr0metheus

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Well, thanks for suggestions :)

1. Planned for next release ;)
2. Why not, I try to develop a different switcher compared to the stock one, but I'll think about it
3. Looks like you really like the stock switcher, don't you ;)?
4. That's a good request, but not an easy one... I'm definitely going to look into it

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Well, I use swipe home button to get into stock switcher, that makes it better and faster than every other switcher out there. But your app look very cool and promising. And, what lacks the stock switcher, it's customisable. Yet it is still simple and elegant.

There are two reasons why I suggested to chance the button positions: first, I think that it would look more symmetric, and second is that they would be easier to reach. Especially on my note 3^^

Oh and I found a bug: when I re-enable the notification icon, the app crashes.

My device is btw SM-N9005 (international note 3 with snapdragon 800) running on android 4.4.2 kitkat samsung firmware (leak), cf-rooted and xposed framework installed.

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JKab

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Well, I use swipe home button to get into stock switcher, that makes it better and faster than every other switcher out there. But your app look very cool and promising. And, what lacks the stock switcher, it's customisable. Yet it is still simple and elegant.

There are two reasons why I suggested to chance the button positions: first, I think that it would look more symmetric, and second is that they would be easier to reach. Especially on my note 3^^

Oh and I found a bug: when I re-enable the notification icon, the app crashes.

My device is btw SM-N9005 (international note 3 with snapdragon 800) running on android 4.4.2 kitkat samsung firmware (leak), cf-rooted and xposed framework installed.

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This is absolutely right.

I think I can make only one simple button where you pointed out (the "close all" button), and leave the settings in the menu key, in a more android-way.

It's the first time I see this bug. It happens every time? I hope I will get a crash report from the Google developer console.

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xPr0metheus

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I can try to send a bug report.
Maybe you could do it (again like in stock switcher, lol) that you make a row of three buttons under the the switcher (in the position I pointed at on the screen) : task manager, settings, clear button.

I like it that you always can reach the settings from the switcher itself.
I also like the plus symbol, maybe you could make an option to enable/disable it, and also different themes (like only the plus symbol without the stuff around or the color or something like that) I already guessed that it stands for the gesture, but I wanted to be sure.

And what I really love is the animation of the clear button :D, it's really cool!

Edit: sent report

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JKab

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I can try to send a bug report.
Maybe you could do it (again like in stock switcher, lol) that you make a row of three buttons under the the switcher (in the position I pointed at on the screen) : task manager, settings, clear button.

I like it that you always can reach the settings from the switcher itself.
I also like the plus symbol, maybe you could make an option to enable/disable it, and also different themes (like only the plus symbol without the stuff around or the color or something like that) I already guessed that it stands for the gesture, but I wanted to be sure.

And what I really love is the animation of the clear button :D, it's really cool!

Edit: sent report

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The report could really help fixing weird bug like that.

I'll set those buttons up in future release.

I love animations, I try to make all of them as beautiful and cool as I can ;). So if you have an awesome animation idea, let me know !

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burt_ie

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Ah I really wanted to use this but it force closes on launch :'(

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xPr0metheus

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The report could really help fixing weird bug like that.

I'll set those buttons up in future release.

I love animations, I try to make all of them as beautiful and cool as I can ;). So if you have an awesome animation idea, let me know !

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I have two ideas that maybe go too far:

First one: support of xhalofloatingwindow; that could be in different ways
1. Longpress on a thumbnail could open a menu like this:
e5unyta3.jpg

2. The smart-slider option could open apps in xhalo windows.

The second one is even crazier;
First, take a look at this video:
https://www.dropbox.com/s/997cyp7ed4hn13d/SCR_20140115_032447.mp4

Now I imagine that when you do the gesture from the smart slider and then drag it up/down it could change between the running (and only the running) apps like in the video;

I made a quick drawing how it could look like (of course not so ugly xD)
vy4ygu7u.jpg


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PROFESSOR25

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Thanks for the awesome app switcher! :good:

I have one thing that bothers me, and prevents me from using it as my default switcher. I wish that when I don't have any apps open it would show an empty switcher. Sometimes it can be hard to differentiate between whats gray and whats not, and I like to have it this way just in case a friend or someone else is using the phone so they can't see my recently "closed" apps. I see from other post that you are working on some upcoming features in new releases , so just wondering if this is something that can be done.

Thanks

But other than that GREAT WORK. KEEP IT UP!!!!

:D
 
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SmiLey497

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Cool app. I got this basically for the swipe to switch to the previous app function but the RAM usage is too much. Is there a way to maybe have option not to use as a full task switcher but to only be used to switch back to the previous app only.
 

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Nice idea! Well done!

How about other translations? I can do the German one ;)
 

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    Changelog:
    3.0
    • New style: Android L recents view
    • New feature: Favorites apps for Smart-Slider
    • New feature: Launch from Search button
    • New feature: Show/Hide buttons as you like
    • New feature: Kill apps with root
    • Feature now free: on/off Smart-Slider visual indicator
    • Improvment: the notification icon is now hidden by default

    2.0
    • New style: Grid style
    • New: Swipe a card up to kill
    • Improvement: Faster rendering with Icon pack (up to 3x faster after a first set up)
    • New: Link added in help section to join translators
    • New: Use your wallpaper as background
    • New: Setting for fullscreen (enable/disable)
    • Fix: UI fix on app switching during "fade" transition
    • Fix: Bug with Smart-Slider shortcut
    • Fix: Bug when swiping out an app
    2.0 Beta 1
    • New style: Grid style
    • New: Swipe a card up to kill
    • Improvment: Faster rendering with Icon pack (up to 3x faster after a first set up)
    • New: Link added in help section to join translators
    • Fix: UI fix on app switching during "fade" transition
    • Fix: Bug with Smart-Slider shortcut
    • Fix: Bug when swiping out an app
    1.5
    • New feature: long-click popup menu
    • New feature: home button
    • Fix: the Smart-Slider area should not shrink anymore
    • Fix: various UI fixes
    1.4
    • New feature: exclude apps from the app (Applications > exclude list)
    • New feature: Smart-Slider shortcut opens the recent bar (act like a widget, so do what you want with it, i.e. replace soft key, use it with Tasker, ...)
    • New feature: enable/disable the Smart-Slider through notification
    • New transition effect: fade
    • New: 'flat' visual indicator for the Smart-Slider (Smart-Slider > Indicator style)
    • Fix: close the recent bar with back/home button
    • Translation: portuguese, german, spanish and polish
    1.3.2 - 1.3.3
    • Bunch of bug fix
    1.3
    • Improved UI
    • Icon Pack support: use your icon pack into Fancy Switcher! It only supports some packs for now, so tell us if the pack you need works ;)
    • Smart-Slider: start with gesture. Prevent unintentional activation with a simple touch
    • Smart-Slider: open the recent bar with a single touch
    • Closed apps: no more black and white apps. Running apps have a visual indicator
    • New: 3D icon effect (Settings > More options)
    • New: message is shown when an app is killed
    • New option: hide reflection
    1.2
    • New transition animation: "Open" effect (available for Fancy Switcher and for the Smart-Slider)
    • New "Data" settings: Backup and Restore all your settings
    • New functionality when you swipe the thumbnail back to the edge: choose if you want a list of recent apps, or start Fancy Switcher (Go to Settings > Smart-Slider)
    • No more "transparent" notification icon: hide it completely
    • Reverse the order of apps (Scrolling options > Reversed)
    • Transparent Background (Settings > Background Color)
    • New RAM management (RAM consumption has been reduced when Fancy Switcher is not in front)

    1.1.3
    • Decrease RAM consumption
    • Notification: if transparent, the icon is still visible in the notification panel
    • Notification: ability to remove it completely (the choice is given when you want to hide it)
    • Rework buttons UI, added a new "RAM" button
    • Ability to turn off Fancy Switcher globally
    • Ability to hide closed apps
    • Improved global stability


    Want to buy me beer? Support the development?



    XDA:DevDB Information
    Fancy Switcher, App for the Android General

    Contributors
    JKab

    Version Information
    Status: Stable
    Current Stable Version: 3.0
    Stable Release Date: 2014-10-05
    Current Beta Version: 3.0 Beta 8
    Beta Release Date: 2014-08-27

    Created 2014-01-30
    Last Updated 2014-11-06
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    New beta update: 3.0 Beta 1

    After hours of work, here it is finally!

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    Changelog:

    • New style: Android L recents view. For now, it is an early beta. None of the customizations works with this style. Tell me what do you want to tweak :)
    • New feature: Choose your favorites apps and pin them to the Smart-Slider
    • New feature: Launch Fancy Switcher or open the Smart Bar from the search button
    • New feature: Kill apps with root (if available)
    • Feature now free: on/off Smart-Slider visual indicator
    • Improvment: the notification icon is now hidden by default
    5

    New beta update : 1.2 (Beta 1)

    Changelog:

    • New RAM management (huge RAM reduction when Fancy Switcher is not running in front)
    • New functionality when you swipe the thumbnail back to the edge: choose if you want a list of recent apps, or start Fancy Switcher (Go to Settings > Smart-Slider)
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    Apk already pushed to store :)
    5

    1.3 officially released to Play Store!
    If you are not a beta user, just wait a couple hours and update. Full changelog is available in the first post.

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    3
    New beta update: 1.4 Beta 2

    Changelog:

    • New feature: enable/disable the Smart-Slider through notification
    • New visual indicator for the Smart-Slider (Smart-Slider > Indicator Style)
    • Fix: home button should now close the recent bar