It’s here! LauncherPro Beta v0.3.0 has arrived and it brings the much anticipated dock shortcut customization. It’s still very much a work in progress, I’m taking a lot of the suggestions I’ve received for this feature and implementing them incrementally.
There’s also a couple of enhancements and bug fixes. Here’s what’s new:
- Performance, stability, and memory usage improvements.
- Fixed the bug where the Search option on the menu didn’t do anything.
- Dock shortcuts now stay in their place when rotating the phone (leftmost shortcut stays at the bottom instead of moving to the top, etc.)
- Custom dock shortcuts – Long-press any of the four shortcuts and you’ll be able to choose a new shortcut to replace it. You can add any type of shortcut; applications, contacts, direct dials, music playlists, and more!
- Option to restore default settings in the Preferences screen (useful if you want to revert to the default dock shortcuts.)
Some users have pointed out some problems with Android Froyo 2.2, mainly that LauncherPro can’t be restarted from the Preferences screen, and that some apps installed to the SD card don’t show up on the app drawer.
The restart issue happens because Google removed an API call that lets apps restart/kill running processes (in the case of LauncherPro, itself). I need to look into finding another API call that will restart LauncherPro. In the meantime you can use Android’s new native task manager to kill LauncherPro and then start it again.
I haven’t had time to look into the SD apps issue yet, and as I don’t have a Nexus One I’m unable to test it on a device. It’s likely that I won’t be able to fix this until Google releases the source code for 2.2.
Here’s some new things coming soon to LauncherPro:
- Ability to uninstall apps by dragging them and holding over the trash can.
- Option to remove the “Home” icon from the app drawer
- Option to use LauncherPro-style (translucent) icons for custom shortcut docks. I will need to create icons for the most-used applications — Please tell me which apps you’d like to see icons for in the comments.
- Option to hide status bar for a cleaner look
- Option to hide icon labels
And this is only the beginning, there’s SO much more stuff coming to LauncherPro that will hopefully make it the ultimate Android launcher. And don’t worry, most new features will be optional and performance will always be taken in consideration when adding new stuff. The idea is to make it more feature rich while maintaining the same level of performance.
I’m setting up a LauncherPro forum so that you can discuss any problems you might be having, post your suggestions, and anything else you might have to say. In the meantime, please post any bugs and feature suggestions in the comments below.
Alright, so I’ve been working all day on LauncherPro, fixing bugs and adding features. It’s late and I’m tired, but didn’t want to go to bed before publishing the update, so please bear with me.
What’s new in 0.2.0:
- Fixed missing highlights when navigating app drawer with trackball/dpad.
- Fixed bug where some widgets would sometimes get dragged when doing a pinch gesture.
- Fixed force close problems when pressing a shortcut on some devices. (Haven’t been able to test this since I can’t reproduce the bug, but it should work)
- New: Added a button on the app drawer to go back to the home screens.
- New: Added options for 4 and 6 home screens. Now you can choose anywhere from 3 to 7 screens.
- New: Option to auto-rotate the launcher to landscape mode when the device is rotated.
- New: Option to have the Home key on your device take you to your default home screen instead of showing the previews. If you’re already on the default screen, it will bring up the previews.
That’s it for now. I think I came up with a pretty nice way to handle the shortcut dock customization. If there are no big bugs in the current release I should be able to start working on it tomorrow, though it probably won’t be ready until next week (going to New Zealand for the weekend).
Thanks again for all the comments, suggestions, and bug reports. Keep ‘em coming!
PS: I’ve been swamped with emails about LauncherPro in the past two days and haven’t had time to reply to most of them yet. Please bear with me and know that your emails aren’t being ignored.
Thanks for all the suggestions and bug reports so far!
Version 0.1.2 is ready to test, here is what’s new:
- Fixed interactivity with Live Wallpapers (I still hate those things, but oh well)
- Fixed the bug where pressing the home button after opening the SMS app triggered the screen previews
- New feature: You can now do a pinch gesture to bring up the screen previews! Simply pinch the screen and the previews will appear. Your phone must support multi-touch in order for this to work. The sensitivity of the gesture might need some tweaking, please let me know how it’s working for you in the comments.
That’s it for now. I’m still trying to figure out the best way to implement custom shortcuts on the bottom bar. Also, here’s a couple of things coming soon to LauncherPro:
- On-screen button to go from the app drawer back to the home screen
- Automatic landscape mode rotation for phones that don’t have a physical keyboard
- Customizable shortcuts on bottom bar
Anyway, keep the suggestions and bug reports coming!
This is a minor update that fixes a bug where widgets wouldn’t update after changing the number of home screens.
As a side note, many people pointed out the lack of interactivity with Live Wallpapers. This has been fixed and will be released soon.
Also, tons of people are asking to be able to customize the shortcuts in the bottom bar. Worry not, I’m already working on this
I’m starting this blog so that I can keep you updated with releases, upcoming features, etc. and also to get your feedback and bug reports.
So far the response has been amazing. I’ve been following forums and Twitter and made notes of what people want to see added to LauncherPro.
What features would you like to see in LauncherPro? Please post any suggestions in the comments.