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As of ADW.Launcher v.1.1.3Edit

This new upadate provides Custom shorcuts, (shortcuts), App Groups and a completely redesigned way in organizing and adding Desktop Screens.

  • App Groups: app groups lets you group your app drawer by different groups. This is accessed by opening the app drawer and then pressing the Menu button. You can set up Groups, Choose a group or Delete a group by selecting Remove Catalog.
  • Custom shortcuts: Can be added by long pressing on the home screen or by pressing the Menu button, while on the home screen, and selecting Add then choosing Custom shortcut. Once the window pops up one can choose a custom name and a custom icon for any app.
  • Desktop screen customization: While on the home screen, pressing Menu and selecting Edit accesses the new desktop screen customization feature. This new feature allows for the rearranging of desktop screens to adding or deleting desktop screens. Pressing back exits edit mode. *Note for old users: Edit replaced the old Notifications button on the pop up Menu*

Screen preferencesEdit

  • Hide Status Bar: Enable/disable the status bar, for that full screen look.
  • Default Screen: Choose which home screen is the "default" or "main" screen.
  • Auto stretch: If you choose a custom grid size, (the number of icons that can be placed on the screen) this option will try to resize the icons so they fit on the screen without overlapping, or when changing orientation.
  • Desktop Columns: Selects the number of icons that can fit across the screen. (this setting is universal between portrait and landscape orientation)
  • Desktop Rows: Selects the number of icons that can fit from top to bottom of the screen. (this setting is universal between portrait and landscape orientation)
  • Desktop scrolling speed: Swiping left or right on the home screen will change between the different home screens. This setting changes how fast this happens. A slow setting will cause the screen to slide slowly to the next and vise versa for fast settings.
  • Desktop overshoot: This setting changes the "bounce" effect when using L/R swipe to change between home screens. It ranges from no bounce to a large amount of bounce.

    original text by Marine6680, edits/formatting by j.a

Drawer SettingsEdit

  • Horizontal Drawer: Changes the app drawer to a horizontal scrolling effect similar to the home screen or the Galaxy S/iPhone UI.
  • Drawer Columns Portrait: Changes how many columns of icons appear in the app drawer while in portrait orientation.
  • Drawer Rows Portrait: Changes how many rows of icons appear in the app drawer in portrait mode. (horizontal mode must be enabled to change this setting)
  • Drawer Columns Landscape: Changes how many columns of icons appear in the app drawer while in landscape orientation.
  • Drawer Rows Landscape: Changes how many rows of icons appear in the app drawer in landscape mode. (horizontal mode must be enabled to change this setting)
  • Animated Drawer: Enables/disables the drawer animations, like the fly in/out effect when opening and closing the app drawer.
  • Zoom effect speed: Changes the speed of the fly in/out effect when opening or closing the app drawer.
  • Show app labels: Enables/disables the application names that appear under the icons in the app drawer.
  • Fade app labels: Chooses if the app labels will fade in during the app drawer open/close animation, or if they will pop up instantly when the app drawer animation is complete.
  • Background color: Change the app drawer background's color and alpha value. (transparency)
  • Page Horizontal Margin: Changes the space between the pages of the app drawer when it is set to Horizontal mode.

    original text by Marine6680, edits/formatting by j.a

Preview SettingsEdit

Previews are a thumbnail overview of all your home screens.

  • Sense previews: Changes between default Android style previews and Sense style previews.
  • Clean Screen Mode: Chooses whether or not the home screen icons will disappear when entering preview mode. (only affects default Android style previews)

    original text by Marine6680, edits/formatting by j.a

System PreferencesEdit

  • Home button binding: Change the default action when pressing the home button.
  • Swipe down actions: Changes or disables the home screen swipe down action.
  • Swipe up actions: Changes or disables the home screen swipe up action.
  • Wallpaper Hack: A scrolling hack for the home screen, disabling this option helps fix force closes when using large memory intensive wallpapers. (I am not sure but I am guessing this hack steals RAM or other resources from the wallpaper handler to increase home screen performance)
  • Orientation sensor: Enables/disables home screen accelerometer orientation. (I am assuming that devices with slide-out keyboards will still change orientation when opening the keyboard)
  • Use screen cache: Enables/disables using cache for the launcher/home screen, instead of reloading from scratch every time you go back to the home screen from another app. (using many widgets, icons and home screens can create a large cache and will hurt performance; so in those situations disable this setting)
  • Scrollable widget support: Enables/disables support for widgets with scrollable elements. Leave disabled if you do not use scrollable widgets. (many people claim that they can use scrollable widgets just fine even with this disabled, it may be related to how many widgets and icons you use, so try it and if you have issues enable the setting)
  • System persistent: Enabling this setting will force the Android memory controller to keep the launcher in memory even if free RAM gets low; this increases performance when returning to the home screen from other apps. (the dev of ADW has himself stated that he is not sure of his coding abilities for this function and states that if you have issues that you should try disabling this setting, I have this setting enabled and have not had issues, but keep this in mind if you have issues and ADW force closes). Enabling this will NOT allow your phone to enter landscape mode on the home screen.

    original text by Marine6680, edits/formatting by j.a

UI SettingsEdit

  • Desktop dots: Enables/disables the Froyo style dots on each side of the main dock. (the ones that you can tap to change home screens)
  • Dockbar: Enables/disables the secondary dockbar
  • Closing dockbar: If you use the secondary dockbar, this setting will choose whether or not it will close (reopen the main dock) automatically when you launch an app or stay open until closed manually when you return to the home screen.
  • Closing folder: Chooses if a home screen folder will close automatically after you launch an app or if you must close it manually when you return to the home screen.
  • LAB: Enable/disable the icon to the left of the app drawer icon on the main dock.
  • RAB: Enable/disable the icon to the right of the app drawer icon on the main dock.
  • Secondary Action Buttons: Enabling this option will allow you to place 2 extra icons on the main dock. (Desktop Dots must be disabled to use this setting)
  • Tint AB: This setting enables a grayed out tint effect for the icons in the dock. (similar to stock Froyo launcher icons)
  • AB scale factor: Changes the size of the icons in the main dock.
  • Hide AllApps Bg: Enables/disables the tinted background dock effect for the app drawer icon.
  • Hide AB Bg: Enables/disables the tinted background dock effect for the icons to either side of the app drawer icon.
  • Hide icon labels: Chooses whether or not the application names appear under the app icons placed on the home screen.
  • Use new icon selectors: Chooses between the old and new style of highlighting selected icons. (the outlining/marking when tapping or long pressing home screen icons, or when using the trackball to navigate icons)
  • Highlight press color: Chooses the color of the icon highlight when tapping or long pressing an icon.
  • Highlight focus color: Chooses the color of the icon highlight when the icon is in focus. (selected but not activated, like when using the trackball to select icons)
  • Show desktop indicator: Enable/disable a graphical representation that allows you to know which home screen you are on at a glance.
  • Autohide desktop indicator: Chooses if the desktop indicator will remain visible or autohide after a short time.
  • Indicator type: Chooses the desktop indicator style. A Galaxy S dots style or a small top/bottom scroll bar style.

    original text by Marine6680, edits/formatting by j.a

Theme PreferencesEdit

  • Use Theme Icons: Disabling this setting forces the use of the standard Icons for native apps instead if the theme provided versions. (only native apps like maps, contacts, etc are themed, this can create a stark contrast in icon styles between native and downloaded apps when using some of the more styled themes; this can look inconsistent and some people may wish for a more unified icon set)
  • Select your theme: Select your theme. This is where you will find your downloaded themes listed.
  • Theme Preview: This is just a preview picture of the selected theme. (if included by the theme dev)
  • Apply theme!: (button) Pressing this will enable the selected theme.
  • Get themes!: (button) pressing this will take you to the market app and start a search fro ADW themes.

    original text by Marine6680, edits/formatting by j.a

Backup and restoreEdit

  • Backup ADW settings: Pressing this will create a backup of all your settings for ADW on the SDcard. Handy if you are performing a wipe when flashing a new ROM (I find that this works better than Titanium backup for restoring ADW after a wipe)
  • Restore ADW settings: Restores your settings for ADW from the backup file created by pressing "Backup ADW settings". (as I said above, I found this more reliable than Titanium backup)
  • Backup desktop configuration: Pressing this will create a backup of your home screen icon and widget settings/placement on the SDcard. (I do not believe Titanium backup does this at all as it did not restore my icons/widgets)
  • Restore desktop configuration: Pressing this will restore your desktop configuration of icons and widgets from the file created by "Backup desktop configuration". (of course you must have restored all your downloaded apps/widgets first, Froyo will automatically restore any apps you had installed before a wipe; you must enable this feature in "privacy" settings, this restore will take some time and Android will notify you when all apps are restored)

    original text by Marine6680, edits/formatting by j.a

Build InformationEdit

  • ADW Version: Shows current version number.
  • Restart ADW: Restarts ADW.Launcher incase it needs to be restared.
  • Reset ADW: Resets user settings back to default settings.

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