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  1. mlbl

    mlbl Member This Topic's Starter

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    Hi All,

    I’ve been developing my own personal android app over the past 2 weeks. Lets start with the overview of the application. FavSites is essentially a web application embedded with the Android Browser allowing you to pre-launch on load up to 5 of your favourite sites. You can add your tech news sites, search engines or any site that you want! Here are some of the features of FavSites:

    - Customise up to 5 sites to be displayed in the tabs (name can be customised too!). 1 Tab is the minimum allowed.
    - Manual clearing of application cache (which caches the pages to your internal storage) or automatically clearing of cache on exit
    - Exit confirmation dialog (can be enabled or disabled)

    New Features in version 1.1:

    - Clear Cache Preference now displays the approximate cache size in KiloBytes (KB)
    - Added Two New Page Rendering Preferences Option - JavaScript and Display Images Option (useful for those who want text-only display OR those with a mobile data plan and just want to catch the latest news without images)
    - Added support for Flash to be displayed in the browser (there is a known bug where if a flash element is within view of the tabs above, it will overlap the tabs. I've yet to be able to fix this, so for now, please move your tab view outside of the flash element to prevent the overlapping issue)
    - Page loading indication below each tab, indicated by a text and a loading percentage (ex: is loading...(10%))
    - Added forward, backward and refresh capabilities to the menu area


    Here are the instructions / tips on how to use FavSites effectively:

    - Press your android device’s “Menu” button/icon to access the context menu which contains the preferences, about and exit button.
    - In the preferences > tab options section, leaving ANY tab name blank (except Tab 1) will hide that tab from being displayed in the next launch of FavSites.
    - Pressing the “back” button/icon on your android device will go back to the previous page of the selected tab. If you’re at the last page already, pressing the back button will close the app WITHOUT confirmation.
    - To exit the app, press the “Menu” button/icon and then press on the “Exit” button.

    - New In 1.2:
    - Keep Screen ON option. Don’t you hate it when your phone screen times out when you’re reading an interesting article or some really awesome comic? Well don’t get upset anymore! With the keep screen ON option, as long as FavSites is in view, your phone’s screen will never time out.
    - Display orientation – You can toggle between automatic sensor orientation, set it to fixed portrait OR landscape orientation all the time.
    - Volume Scrolling – I like this one the most. You can use your volume rocker buttons to scroll UP and DOWN one page at a time for easy browsing/reading pleasure. Don’t like that? Perhaps you prefer to scroll to the topmost or the bottom of the page instead? No problem, you can set it to that instead if you prefer. Awesome right?
    - Google Web Toolkit mobile page rending – If you’re like me, you’ll probably be browsing some sites that are not optimized for mobile which requires a lot of horizontal scrolling and such. Well don’t worry anymore, you can set for each tab to render them in GWT (Google Web Toolkit) mobilizer form and on top of that, you can set whether you want to display images or not JUST for GWT sites to boot. Now, how cool is that?
    - Manual tab loading – Now this one came from a suggestion by a user in legendroid.com, setting this option on any tab allows you to manually load the tab by touching on the link in the tab. Having this option turned on would load up your tabs a bit faster (instead of loading up all 5 sites up at one go for instance) and also possibly gives you more freedom instead of loading all the tabs.

    Planned features for next release:
    - Zoom feature and/or pinch-to-zoom
    - External SD card cache option

    Here are some screenshots of the app:
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    So without further ado, here’s the download link to FavSites 1.2 (Tested on Android 2.1 and above in Emulator and Nexus One Running On Android 2.2):

    FavSites 1.21.apk (Scrolling bug fixed) - File Shared from Box.net - Free Online File Storage
    Mirror Site

    For updates, suggestions and comments, please go to:
    Malcolm's Nexus One World | Nexus One News, Tips & Such. Also home of My Android Apps

    Enjoy :)
     

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  2. G.Armour

    G.Armour You know you want to. VIP Member

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    I tried this app, not for me though.
     
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    mlbl Member This Topic's Starter

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    Sorry to hear that its not for you, may I know why?
     
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    G.Armour You know you want to. VIP Member

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    I guess I was kind of expecting it to run inside the stock browser. I can see how it would be useful to others though.
     
  5. mlbl

    mlbl Member This Topic's Starter

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    If you meant that its not using the browser engine and capabilities in the application, then I believe i get what you mean. Anyway, there's more features coming and right now its more or less a lightweight browser application where you can browse your favourite sites very quickly without keying in any URL (well at least you need to do that once though).
     

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