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Launch-X Tutorial

Here is a simple tutorial/guide that describes how to use Launch-X.

Launch-X is composed of two parts:

In the Launch-X application you can create/edit/delete widgets by using the Widget Editor. Once you are done configuring your widget, you can add it to your homescreen as you would do with any other widget (long-press your homescreen, select 'Widgets', and then 'Launch-X').

Let's see, step-by-step, how to create a Launch-X widget, add some items (applications, contacts and generci shortcuts) to it, customize the widget, and finally add it to the homescreen.

Creating a Launch-X Widget

First of all, start the Launch-X application.
The main screen of Launch-X will contain the list of all your created widgets. When it is empty, a short usage description is shown (as you can see in the screenshot).
To create our first widget, simply press 'menu', and then 'Create Widget'.


The Widget Editor will appear, where you can customize your widget.
Enter a name (it is optional, though it will be easier to find later that widget if you create more than one), like "My Apps", or "Tools", "Games", etc.

To add new items to the widget, simply press 'Select widget items'.


In the new screen (the 'Widget Items Editor') you can add items to the widget: applications, contacts or generic shortcuts. To add an application press 'menu', and select 'Add Apps'.
The installed applications list will be loaded (it can take a while the first time, depending on your phone and on how many apps you have, but you won't have to wait the next time this list is loaded).
Now select the apps you want to add to the widget, and when done, press the 'back' button.
If you'd like to remove some items simply click on them and select 'Delete'.

It is also possible to add Contacts to your widget. As for the applications, press 'menu' and select 'Add Contact'. The list of contacts will be shown.
When you select a contact a dialog will popup letting you decide the action to take when later this item is clicked on the widget:

You can still change the selected action by pressing your contact and selecting 'Edit Action'.


Let's add to this widget also a couple of 'Shortcuts'. Again, press 'menu' and select 'Add Shortcut'.


At this point you can press the 'back' button, which will take you back to the Widget Editor, where you can see now in the bottom widget preview the added items.
In this example we have selected 25 items and, with the current widget configurations, Launch-X created for us 5 screens. We can cycle through them by pressing the direct buttons.

In the widget preview you can also change the order of your items by using simple drag-and-drop. In the screenshots below I'm moving the "Internet" item to the right. Touch (and hold) the icon and drag it to your desired position, then release it.
To move an item from one screen to the other drag the icon over the borders (left or right) of the widget. The screen will flip while you are still holding the icon, release at your desired position.

Now let's start customizing the Launch-X Widget.

Widget Size

Since version 1.7.0 more widget sizes have been added:

Modify the current widget size by pressing on 'Widget Size'.

Note: the widget size selected here only applies to the Widget Preview. The real widget size will be determined when actually adding the widget to the homescreen.

In this example I've selected a '4x2' widget. You can play around with the various sizes to see which one fits your needs.

Appearance Options

Select "Appearance options" to show the available widget configuration options:

In this example I've selected:

You can immediately see the changes in the Widget Preview.


Just to play a bit more with the Widget Editor, let's add some more items to the widget, change the number of icons to 5, change the Background color to 'Black', and decrease the background opacity to 40%.

We are basically done! Now press the 'back' button the save your widget's configurations. This will take you back to the initial widgets list. Now there is only one widget, but you can create as many widgets as you like.

Let's finally add the widget to the homescreen! Press again 'back' to quit the Launch-X application.
Now long-press a free space on your homescreen. Select 'Widget' (or 'Widgets', depending on your phone), and click on 'Launch-X'.
The created widgets in Launch-X will be shown on the next screen, where you can select the one to add to your homescreen.


Done! The widget is now on your homescreen and you can start using it!

If you need more help feel free to contact me.