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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by ewingr, Jul 24, 2010.

  1. ewingr

    ewingr Android Enthusiast
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    I am getting a bit futher with setup of my screens and experimented with folders. I fine them quite slow to populate when opening, even if everything else seems to be running fast.

    Same for you? Alternatives?
     

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    Ok I am kinda dumb with these things, what can you put in folders and how can you get them?
     
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    I use FolderOrganizer.
     
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    The "lite" (free) version of FolderOrganizer is called Apps Organizer. Works with apps only (and not contacts / bookmarks).
     
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    You can put shortcuts to applications, etc. LIke a folder on a PC.
     
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    Hmmm....I'll have to play with that. It creates folders that are not the base folders that come on the phone? Faster?

    I thought it was just used to put icons on folders, etc. I have done that.
     
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    Are you able to rename the folders?
     
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    Click up at the top, right on the name in the folder to rename it. It confused me first too...i thought there would be a menu or something.
     
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    OK, top pane of the open folder. Thanks.
     
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    Yes, you can rename folders, change their icons, put applications into folders, etc.. It's a pretty powerful program. If you have any specific questions, feel free to ask. :)
     
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    You guys know you can create folders with the default UI... right? You don't need an "app for that"...
     
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    The default folder (widgets) system leaves a lot to be desired. This program lets you manage your folders all in one place. It also gives you more choices.
     
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    Yeah, I get that. Some of the posts just seemed like a few people didn't know the default folder system even existed. Wasn't trying to sound mean. :p
     
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    its still a HELL of a lot better than "folders" in iOS4, 12 app max? common!
     
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    Just another reason on the list of why I like android better than iOS. The "walled garden" sure is pretty, but it sure leaves a lot of thorns in your side.
     
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    I'm using the free version of Folder Organizer. I find that there is some lag when opening the folders, while the normal Android folders open instantly. Are others finding this to be the case? Is there another way of changing the appearance of folders in Android?
     
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    The lag was pretty bad when I tried it, so I switched to Smart Shortcuts:
    Smart Shortcuts - Android app on AppBrain

    Folders open instantly now, you have your customizable icons, and you can click anywhere outside of the box to close the folder instead of the X.
     
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    Excellent! Just what I was looking for, it works great.
     
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    I tried that one first, but couldn't figure out how to remove the star inside of the box that pops up.

    They both perform equally as fast for me.
     
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    Note the title of this thread. The native folders are SLOOOOOOOOWWWW to populate. At least they are for me.

    Since seeing the first reply to my post, i have tried a folder with FolderOrganizer, and it is faster, but not that much. Maybe this is one area that my combination of apps installed are making lag show up.
     
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    If I could just reorganize the icons within folders in TouchWiz, I'd be happy. Adding a whole app for that seems like attaching an ant with a tank.
     
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    I actually didn't know you could create folders natively until posted here.

    My question is, can you rename the folder and change the icon on the default folder widget?
     
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    Rename: Yes, by holding down on the title bar of the folder while it's open.

    Change the icon: Not that I'm aware of, but I'm hardly a good source for the final word on this.
     
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    I like it. Thanks.
     
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    Awesome! Love the supplied 3d icons.

    +1 Thumbs to you!
     

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