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Quicklaunch updated to 4.0 for OS7, OS6 update to follow soon

One of my personal favorite apps is QuickLaunch - when I first got it, the main thing it did for me was let me turn a convenience key into basically a multi-convenience key, presenting you with a user-generated list of applications. Since then QuickLaunch has had a lot of new features added to it, and today it was updated to version 4.0 and a variety of new features were added to it. According to Nikkisoft's twitter feed, the update is currently only for OS7 but the a release for other OSes will follow. Quicklaunch is no longer available on Mobihand, but the update is only $2 for everyone for a limited time.

Check out the full article for a change list and some screenshots.

According to Nikkisoft, QuickLaunch has the following updates:

Universal Search Integration
You can now add any QL item to the Universal Search Engine. 
When you add items to QuickLaunch and select the option to add to universal search that item will appear if you type a string of characters from the QL item on the homescreen. For example if you've added "Call Nikki" and "Email NikkiSoft" to QL and you type 'nik' in universal search the associated QL Items will appear and you can launch them immediately without opening QuickLaunch. Very handy for devices w/ one convenience key.

When adding an item you can choose from the following:
Add to QL - item will appear on in the QL menu 
Add to Universal Search - item will not appear in QL but will be available in Universal Search
Add to QL and Universal Search - item will appear in QL and Universal Search

There is also a button in the options screen where when clicked will displayed all the items you've added to universal search and you can delete them from there.

Mobile Hotspot Toggle
If you have OS 7.1 you can quickly turn your hotspot on or off

Larger Font Added
Added a new font size, 'Largest'. Should be big enough for those who need a larger font.

~Shake Launch™~
You can now configure an app, shortcut, function or any other QL item to launch by shaking your phone.
When adding an item to QL check the 'Set as Shake Launch Item' option. In addition you must enable 'Shake Detection' in QL Options. If you are not using Shake Launch™ then set disable the shake detection option.

To use Shake Launch™ just open QL and shake!

NFC Toggle
Toggle your NFC communication on/off

Display Battery Status on QL Titlebar
Displays the current battery power percentage.
Battery % will be displayed in Green, Orange, Red depending on status. If you have weather displayed on the titlebar the battery will be displayed next to weather. If no weather then it is displayed on the top line.

Alarm and Stopwatch Shortcuts Added

BB File Picker Integration
QL is now integrated with the standard bb file picker app to choose files, images, directories when configuring.

Visual Voice Mail Shortcut
Quick access to the vvm app.

Lock Device Shortcut
You must have your device password protected for this feature to work

Menu Animation Options
You can now configure QL to open with animations. Choose from 'Zoom' and 'Fade'.
Looks cool.

Alarm Toggle
Toggle the alarm on or off

Center Menu Location Option Added
Now you can place QL in the Center, Left or Right on the screen!


Change Sounds and Alerts Shortcut
Quick access to the 'change sounds and alerts' screen in Sound Profiles

Mobile Connections All On / Off Toggle
Quickly Turn on/off all mobile connections

Current Shortcuts button added to options screen
In addition to the shortcuts button displayed when you add items a 'Shortcuts' button was added to QL Options.

Bridge App Shortcut and Bridge Toggle
You can now launch the Bridge app as well as toggle it on and off

Time, Notifications, Battery and Signal strength are now shown in the titlebar in all QL screens.

Redesigned Options screen
Slight modifications to the look of the options screen. Looks better. Works better.

Homescreen Wallpaper Cycler
QuickLaunch can now be configured to automatically cycle your homescreen wallpaper. Choose the directory on your device for your wallpaper images, and enable the option and you're good to go. 
The QL Wallpaper Changer does NOT run in the background. It's magic.

More Apps appear in Add Items
Some apps that didnt appear in the list now show up. I forgot which ones. sorry.

Bug Fixes
Lots of issues, most of which were due to OS7 were addressed. Among them scheduled reboot, launching some items, toggles, screen capture, and a lot more. I didn't keep a detailed list of bug fixes over the last few months

Improved Performance
A lot of rework was done on the code making QL faster and smoother. Those of you who use QL a lot should notice better performance. Also the file size of version 4 is just about the same as version 3 (just a little bit larger) which is a pretty good feat of engineering even if I do say so myself given all the new features v4 has included. QL is still very small and noninvasive.

You can get QuickLaunch 4 in BlackBerry App World

At this time, the $1.99 price isn't showing up for some people. Nikkisoft is aware of the issue, and is working with App World to resolve it.

Shane Cridlebaugh

Co-founder and legal nay-sayer of OSBB. Owner of SCrApps Application Development, WebWorks aficionado, Open Source contributor. SCrid2000 on most blogs. I build awesome BlackBerry apps when I'm not doing legal work or spending time with my wife and two boys.

Follow me on Twitter - @GShaneC

Check out my apps in BlackBerry World


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