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UltimateFavesPRO v2.7 is available on the market. This release is intended mostly to bring you a higher quality product.
It includes the following changes:
- Higher image quality (doubled texture resolution).
- Added missing context-menu items to contact-cards in carousel.
- When calling/emailing/SMSing a contact using the context-menu, a dialog lets you select the desired phone/e-mail if more than one exists.
- Fixed a bug that caused some of the image overlays (small phone/email/etc. indicators) not to appear.
- Smoother carousel rotation (Bigger sin/cos lookup-table)
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UltimateFavesPRO 2.6 introduces a special new MultiTasking feature: It integrates seamlessly with your favorite home app, and allows you to launch any carousel anytime, anywhere, simply by double tapping the Home button on your phone!
After installing the update, when you first press Home, the following dialog will be displayed:
Since this is the first time, a configuration wizard will be displayed: In the first step, select your favorite home app from the list.
If this is the first time you installed the application and you don’t have any carousels defined, the following screen will be displayed:
You can always start the wizard again by pressing menu -> Settings -> Home screen settings after you have created a few carousels, and then the screen would look like this:
This is where you select the carousel you want to launch when you double-tap the Home button.
The final step is only relevant if you reached the wizard from the settings screen, and you currently have another default home app set as default:
After pressing done, follow the on screen instructions if needed, and you’re all set: Double-tap the Home button and you can access your carousels from anywhere!
Suggestions for usage:
- Launch your Settings carousel to quickly enable Wifi / GPS when needed without leaving your current application
- Reading an article on the web? Doing something important, but need to quickly send an e-mail? SMS? Make a call? Launch your predefined carousel with your frequent contacts, numbers, etc. After that you can return to what you were doing.
- Launch the running-tasks/processes carousel to quickly kill an application and free up memory on your phone, you can display up to 16 apps at once instead of the standard 6 (or 8 on Froyo)
- MultiTasking is only limited to your imagination!
What else is new in v2.6?
- Long-press the Search button to launch your last used-carousel.
- More carousel speeds!
- Improved carousel speed handling.
- Updated PayPal library.
UltimateFavesPRO v1.2 is ready for download with new features and bug fixes!
Ok, so let’s go over everything:
Until now, there was actually only one carousel type: “user-defined”. I’ve added 4 more carousel types!
Create a carousel of your current running tasks, create a shortcut to it on your home screen, and voila! you got yourself a great task switcher!
Too many open tasks? Want to kill some of them? Just tried a new Android market app that you prefer to quickly uninstall? not a problem, long-press any of the items in the the running tasks carousel and you’ll get the following menu:
When long-pressing the home button, Android will show you the last 6 recent tasks you’ve used. Now you can have more! Create the recent tasks carousel, create a shortcut to it on your home screen, and you’ve got 16 recent tasks. That’s 266% more 😉
Android is doing a lot of stuff in the background, and many applications use background-services. If you want to know what’s going on behind the scenes, and free up some memory, create the running-processes carousel and do it!
Note: This feature is only compatible with Android 1.6 and above.
Ok, this part is really great. One thing I was missing in Android “out-of-the-box”, is the ability to quickly and easily manipulate some common system settings. Android 1.6 introduced the Power-Control widget, which is a little better. Android 2.0 introduced the lock-screen that allows you to mute the phone with a single swipe which is also great. But how about things like muting the phone but turn on vibration? What about enabling / Disabling 3G data to save some bytes on you data plan?
Here it is:
More ways to create shortcuts
Until now, if you wanted to create a home-screen shortcut, there was just one way to do it, and some people were not aware of it: From your home screen, you had to press Menu -> Add -> Shortcut -> UltimateFavesPRO.
I’ve added two more ways for your convenience:
When clicking on Menu -> Edit carousels, there’s a new option at the bottom of the menu: “Create Shortcut”. It will create shortcut to the currently active carousel.
And another way:
I’ve fixed some bugs. Here are the important ones:
1. Background Transparency: Some of the Droid users complained about complete transparency and opaque backgrounds. Everything should work correctly now, not only that, I’ve also speed-optimized these two settings. (To change the background transparency, go to Menu -> Settings -> Background transparency, also make sure that background type is set to solid-color).
2. On some specific modded Android versions (Like ManUp456’s Eclair 2.0.1 v1.4), and some devices (like Samsung Galaxy), there was an OpenGL problem that made the icons look hollow, almost invisible. If you encounter this problem, you need to open Menu -> Settings -> Advanced Settings and check-mark Enable alpha-test.
3. A bug that caused the wrong carousel to open in some cases. The scenario to reproduce the problem was to create shortcuts to two carousels, click on one shortcut, then click Home instead of Back, and open the other shortcut. This little embarrassing bug has been fixed as well.
Well, last but not least, I’ve changed the menu icons. I think these are nicer. Don’t like them? Don’t worry about it, you’ll be able to change them soom once I add the icon packs 🙂
I really hope you like this update. You’re welcome to send me your feedback. Like it? Take a minute to rate UltimateFavesPRO on 101BestAndroidApps