[APP] zMooth gesture app to replace keys

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windroidHD

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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) :
chart


Updates:
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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klusek1985

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Feb 18, 2011
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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).
 
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windroidHD

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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.
 
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klusek1985

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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 :)
 
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whizzkid_cool

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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... :)
 

HansiHusten

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Dec 19, 2006
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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 :D)
- 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 :D)
- 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)
 
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xX CISSOU Xx

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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 :)
 
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8ESP

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Aug 11, 2010
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This is really handy!
But I would like to have home on gesture up, instead of having to draw an arrow.
Left:back
right:menu
up:home

Heck, if there's time. Why not let us create ur own gestures for app-launching ect?
And transparancy would be nice, but I see that's already been suggested.
Even if you decide not to do this, I think I'll keep this app on my phone. :D
 

windroidHD

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This is really handy!
But I would like to have home on gesture up, instead of having to draw an arrow.
Left:back
right:menu
up:home

Heck, if there's time. Why not let us create ur own gestures for app-launching ect?
And transparancy would be nice, but I see that's already been suggested.
Even if you decide not to do this, I think I'll keep this app on my phone. :D
you don't have to really draw the complete arrow (or left/right swipe), just do quick gesture up and down. up arrow is like home symbol(like roof of your house).

try to decrease length/time of gesture and see how sensitive and easy it is. I put long lines in screen shots just to show for beginners.
 
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dddrko

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Great application, fast and smooth. Only I can't lock on sense rom...
 

luffyp

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Oct 11, 2009
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Very nice app. Just one suggestion. Isn't it more intuitive to swipe up to access menu? Usually the menu will slide up from bottom of screen so I think it's more natural to swipe up?
 

songokussm

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Apr 13, 2010
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On an hd2 running typhoons 3.0.1
^ goes to home screen
Left does nothing
Right brings up the menu

Zmooth 1.04
 

windroidHD

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ya since menu slides up gesture should be slide up, you can actually slide up inclined as shown in below screenshot to pull up the menu.

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 dependable.
 

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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) :
    chart


    Updates:
    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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    This is really handy!
    But I would like to have home on gesture up, instead of having to draw an arrow.
    Left:back
    right:menu
    up:home

    Heck, if there's time. Why not let us create ur own gestures for app-launching ect?
    And transparancy would be nice, but I see that's already been suggested.
    Even if you decide not to do this, I think I'll keep this app on my phone. :D
    you don't have to really draw the complete arrow (or left/right swipe), just do quick gesture up and down. up arrow is like home symbol(like roof of your house).

    try to decrease length/time of gesture and see how sensitive and easy it is. I put long lines in screen shots just to show for beginners.
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    ya since menu slides up gesture should be slide up, you can actually slide up inclined as shown in below screenshot to pull up the menu.

    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 dependable.
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    Is the pro version also on Marketplace?
    will soon be.

    nohandle,
    I will see what's feasible.
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    I'm also having problems after redownloading. Olny ^ gesture works correctly. The "back" gesture worked for me only once, for the time I've been using this app. Other gestures no matter how I swipe them wont work. Superuser permission had been given correctly both times.

    Anyway, this is a great idea for an application, I'm hoping it will work correctyl and will save my hardware buttons.