Sometimes typing something is faster than point and click, and this has been proven by the popularity of QuickSilver in Mac, an application that can be used to launch applications (and do some actions) quickly by typing. I always wished that I can do the same in my Nokia E61 (update: with freeware app).
For every application that I often use, I have put the shortcut in the standby screen, and for application that I use but not too often, I put them in the top level menu. The standby screen is always fast, but the menu is always very slow even with the latest firmware version. Things gets worse when I tried to open “Installat.” (which contains all installed applications, and all new applications that I haven’t decide whether to use them often or not). The “Installat.” folder is very slow to open.
I thought it will be very easy to write an application to do what I want: type in some program name, click, and it will be launched. So I decided write such application, and named it AppQLaunch. It won’t help when the application is very slow to start (such as Nokia Maps), but it really helps me launching small applications quickly. This program is not polished (it even uses default icon), but I hope it will be useful for someone. Ideas are welcomed to improve this application.
You can download it here: AppQLaunch
Thanks to LTH for the bug report about the numeric keys on E65 (and all phones that doesn’t have QWERTY keyboard like E61). I have fixed it now, just forgot to set the focus on the search box.
Update (23 January 2008): New version of AppQLaunch is available. Download it here: AppQLaunch 1.1
New features are:
- faster startup
- textfield is cleared after an application is launched
- “refresh list” now removes uninstalled applications
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