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LauncherPro Updated, Adds Slick Transistion Effects

LauncherPro users may have noticed today that there was an update available for all to use. While it’s not the full-blown overhaul that Federico has talked about, it does sport some really slick new Transition Effect for switching between homescreens. To change your homescreen transitions you will need to navigate to:

Menu -> Preferences -> Homescreen Settings -> Transition Effect

Here you will see the following five options:

  • None (Default)
  • Scale
  • Rotate
  • Flip (my personal favorite)
  • Cube

Check out the video below to see them in action. Let me warn you, the video was taken using a screencast tool while connected to my phone using DroidVNC Server. I assure you, the transitions are much more smooth than what you see here.

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Rogue Developer Steals Iron Soldiers Beta Game, Publishes To Market

This is a repost from Phandroid.com, done so to help spread to the word regarding this incident.

Take notice, good-willed developers. One popular method to perfect a beta app before going live to Android Market is to offer it as a direct download to a small group who can test it, submit bugs, suggest changes, and overall provide a tight-knit system for feedback. That’s exactly what cyberniko on XDA intended to accomplish with the beta launch of a game called Iron Soldiers. But he got more than he bargained for.

Another member of XDA allegedly downloaded the unsigned APK, signed it himself, and submitted to Android Market as if it were his own game. Essentially, he released the developers game as his own, before the game ever came out of beta. If it’s true… what a sham and what a shame.

The offending developer, DavinciDevelopers, unpublished the allegedly stolen game from Android Market, but their information is still cached on the Googlewebz. That developer has a number of titles for sale on Android Market, and I would suggest (if this is all true) that nobody purchase a title from them. Other forms of boycott may include buying, rating 1 star, uninstalling, a returning to Android Market with whatever reason you may choose.

The game is still in beta and you can download it here. Check out the REAL developer’s site at Vuxia.com. The game looks pretty neat and the 6-months of work really shows- Iron Soliders seems very polished. Perhaps an unfortunate incident will lead to more fertile pastures… I know I’m eager to check out more from Vuxia after seeing some screenies and hearing some concepts.

Learn from another developer’s mistakes if you’re working on your own app or game. Sure, launch a beta in a forum to help the dev process along, but make sure you protect your APK and cover your butt by whatever means necessary.

I just want to leave a little disclaimer that the accusation of stolen property haven’t been confirmed as true/false and I’m going by what the developer announced in their own thread on XDA as it seems to be a reputable report.

 

 

 

UPDATE: It gets worse than just this app.

ADWLauncher EX

Android: Open source alternative home screen launcher ADWLauncher is one of my favorite home screen replacements on Android, and the developers have just released a premium version with tons of new animations, tweaks, and a desktop preset feature.

ADWLauncher was already a great app for those that liked to customize the look and feel of their Android phones, and ADWLauncher EX takes it even further by adding five different app drawer styles, eight different desktop transition animations, and icon customization features. It even has a few presets that let you change all these things on-the-fly. Plus, it has all the features of the original ADWLauncher, like themes and extra layout options. It also features some code improvements that noticeably increase the speed, even on older phones—even if you’re a LauncherPro fan like me, this might be one to check out.

ADWLauncher EX is a $3.30 download for Android phones. ADWLauncher is still free, and much of the underlying code of both projects will sync between the two, so you don’t need to worry about either becoming outdated yet.

 

Android Phone 7

Ok. I know what you’re gonna say. Why the hell would I want my Android to look like a Windows Phone 7 interface?!

Why? Because we can do it better. 😉

Some of you may have seen the new Windows Mobile 7 interface and thought to yourself, that’s kind of a cool idea having large icons to represent the different functions of the phone. Well, there’s a way to do this, and you can even create your own icons for it.

Thanks to paulmz from AndroidForums.com for these instructions. They were created on an UNROOTED HTC DROID Incredible using LauncherPro, but they can be adapted to other Android devices.

 

About the images:
I created all of the icons from scratch myself using images from my personal photo collection, Google image searches, and Stock Exchange (stock.xchng – the leading free stock photography site). All images were resized by cropping in Photoshop or GIMP (This post shows the process: Image Resizing Using Photoshop). Also using Photoshop I added a 35-pixel high black rectangle with a 60% transparency and the white text with a small drop shadow (This post shows the process: Creating Image Labels in Photoshop). Save them as a .png file and copy them onto the phone (I put them in a “Widget Photos” folder in the DCIM folder).

How to get the images as a widget:
1. Make sure the .png image files are on the phone.
2. Add a new widget to the home screen (long-press empty space, select “Widgets” from pop-up).
3. Go to “Desktop Visualizer” and press the correct widget size (listed as width x height).
4. Press “Select Icon”.
5. Press “Image File”.
6. Search for and select your image (may be different depending on gallery, etc.).
7. Press “Select Action”.
8. Press either “Launch Application” and select application,
….-or- press “Other” to select a shortcut.
….NOTE: If you select “Other”, “Activities”, you can have widget trigger certain parts of
….certain apps (ie. go straight to “Alarm Clock” without having to go through “Clock”).
….ANOTHER NOTE: If you select “None”, it will be only an image widget that does nothing.
9. Press the “Label” box and delete all text in this box – leave it blank.
10. Ignore “Label Color”.
11. Adjust “Touch Effect” to your liking.
12. Press “OK”.

Also, don’t forget to make just a blank (preferably black) wallpaper to go behind the widgets.

Voila! Clickable gallery widget with a custom image.
Also… No LauncherPro widget resizing is necessary!

Click here to see what this looks like and to find the needed Apps to do this.

For those who need a little help figuring out image sizes for the Desktop Visualizer widgets, the following list is based on LauncherPro’s homescreen arrangement of 4-columns and 5-rows: (HTC DROID Incredible)

1×2: 110×260
1×3: 110×395
1×4: 110×665
2×1: 230×125
3×1: 350×125
4×1: 470×125
4×4: 470×665
Large (3×3): 350×395
Middle (2×2): 230×260
Small (1×1): 110×125

All dimensions are in pixels, width by height.

DIMENSIONS:

xda-developers posts for the original idea:

ICON DOWNLOADS:

FONT DOWNLOADS:

ICON TEMPLATES:

How To | Droid VNC Server

If you’re anything me, you’ve Rooted your Android phone and you’re looking for all of the coolest apps available to you. For a long time I’ve been looking for a great app that would allow me to remotely access my HTC DROID Incredible using VNC. Why would I want to remotely access my phone you ask? I’m lazy. No, just kidding. 😉

Benefits of remote access:

  • Access to your phone if it’s not immediately with you.
  • Ability to create a screencast.
  • Faster screen shots.
  • Access your phone if you’re at work or school and don’t want to look like you’re on your phone. 😉
  • etc…

Well, now I have discovered Droid VNC Server. Created by onaips at the XDA forums.

Droid VNC Server is a great little app. It’s not without it’s bugs, but the bugs that I have do not even come close to outweighing it’s positives. While I have not officially seen any confirmations of Droid VNC Server working on the Incredible, it does work quite nicely for me. In regards to other Android phones, your mileage may vary, but you can check out onaips blog to see a small listing of confirmed functional devices.

Ok, enough talking. How do I use this thing?

Step 1: Preparing your computer

You will have to be sure that you have a VNC Viewer installed on your computer first. Here’s a quick list of programs that can be used:

  • Linux – Remote Desktop Viewer (However, I use the command line). Remote Desktop Viewer is pre-installed in Ubuntu.
  • Mac – Chicken of the VNC.
  • Windows – RealVNC.

Step 2: Preparing your Android device

  • Scan the QR Code at the top of the page to be directed to the Droid VNC Server page in the Android Market.
  • Open Droid VNC Server and tap Start Server.
  • Suggestion – Connect to a wireless signal that your computer is also using. (I have not yet tested USB & Verizon does not support VNC through 3G)
  • Feel free to modify any of the options in Menu > Settings. (I’d recommend a password)

Step 3: Connect to your Device

  • Open your VNC Viewer of choice and type in the IP:Port that you see listed on the Droid VNC Server home screen.
  • Type in your password if needed.
  • You should now see your Android Device!

Some helpful things to know:

Some possible incorrect keybindings: (I have a feeling this is an Android thing…)

  • = sends +
  • ! sends ~
  • ~ sends 0
  • < sends *
  • > sends #

These are important to know: 😉

  • home = home
  • right-click = home, also
  • pg up = menu
  • pg down = call
  • pg down long press = redial most recent
  • esc = back
  • del = back, also
  • end = phone sleep
  • type = from the home screen random typing will initiate google search

Here are some instructions for using VNC through USB:

I have heard that USB will provide a faster VNC connection. With adb installed and the device plugged in via USB:
adb forward tcp:5901 tcp:5901
adb forward tcp:5801 tcp:5801

Using your preferred VNC Viewer, connect to:

localhost:5901

YouTube How To (Not created by me)


Day of Ubuntu Wall Paper for Android

Day Of Ubuntu (originally called Dawn of Ubuntu) is a dynamic wallpaper which changes depending on the time of day:  dawn, noon, dusk and midnight. To see what it looks like on my desktop look at my June Screenshot.

I originally did a post about Day of Ubuntu for your Linux desktop. However an Android user that goes by the name of KllrSoft ported the highly popular Dynamic Wallpaper to Android phones. It’s easily my favorite Live Wallpaper now. Typically a Live Wallpaper will just destroy your battery life, however Day of Ubuntu will not. Day of Ubuntu is synced with the clock on your phone and simply changes the wallpaper based on the time of the day. So the wallpaper will sit dormant as long as it’s not time to change itself.

AppBrain users can click here to install.

Market Download

 

Remote Notifier for Android

If you’re anything like me, you have a tendency to leave your phone on silent while working, or maybe you leave your phone on vibrate while you’re working on the computer in the other room. In these situations, you might receive a message. Maybe it’s an SMS, an Email, a phone call or even knowing that the battery is running low.

Well, no longer will you have to worry about missing those all too critical messages. With Remote Notifier for Android, you always be notified of those incoming messages as long as you’re near your computer. It will use your computer’s built-in notification system (NotifyOSD in Ubuntu) to display a toaster pop telling you that your phone has just received a message or call. You can install this on one or more of your computer’s as well so that no matter which computer you’re using you will receive the message. The great thing about this program is that it’s platform agnostic. Meaning it will run on Linux, Mac, & Windows.

It works utilizing two different methods of communication: Bluetooth sync to the computer or Wi-Fi. In my case, I used Wi-Fi since my home computer’s do not have Bluetooth.

How to get Remote Notifier for Android running:

  • Download and install the Remote Notifier for Android from the Android Market.
  • Go here to get the desktop half of the notification system.
    • To make things slightly easier for my Ubuntu friends: 32bit | 64bit
  • Install from the appropriate installer for your computer.
  • Run the desktop version.
  • Open the Android App and configure it according to your needs.

At this point, as long as both halves of the Notifier are running you should then begin receiving notifications immediately.