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Hi all,

Ive wanted to post this entry for a long time but been really busy :o

Using Ideas from VintageVega Ive taken the idea of using images to open up apps ect and have developed a system of screens for a sort of mini simulation of the Enterprise from StarTrek TNG (no im not a huge trekie)
Please have a look and maybe a try :mellow:

LauncherPro (free version ok) we make use of launcher pro shortcuts (how these are created and used are explained below in "screen navigation"
MultiPicture Live Wallpaper (free from market)
Desktop VisualizeR to place graphical widgets onto your screen

SiMi Folder Widget for creating folders on the desktop.

Hompeage options
In order for the included widget images to sit correctly on the screen I am using the thin notification bar and I am using 10 columns and 6 rows

The "simulation" comprises of 5 locations (maybe people could add more)

1. Bridge front

Before adding in VisualizeR widgets
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After widgets
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Rather than having a blank wall to work with like with VintageVega Ive attempted using GIMP to cut out regions of the picture to place back on top of it to make it functional (appologies that they dont line up 100%)
Ive sort of tried to match functionality on the ship with apps on the vega (as mentioned before im not a trekie so sorry if im completly wrong)

On my setup the widgets open up the following
From left to right
Access panel opens up file manager app
back of left chair - usb mode changer
left chair console - Internet (dolphin HD)
Screen - opens up "communications" im using sipdroid
right chair console -
back of right chair - Gmail

2. Back of Bridge
Please not that the white arrow near the door on the left is a LauncherPro Shortcut Please see section on navigation
Before adding in VisualizeR widgets
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After widgets
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Left panel - opens spare parts
Left seat - Market
Captains chair - "captains log" opens mesage recorder
Console at top - settings
Right chair - google maps

3. Random coridor

No widgets have been added on this screen just 3 launcherPro Shortcuts.
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The random coridor currently is only used as access to around the ship.
the 3 doors go to Holodeck, Bridge and 10 Forward.

4. 10 Forward

Before adding in VisualizeR widgets
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After widgets
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Currently 10 Forward is a bit empty I currently only have the 3d Chess widget open a simi folder with all my games

5. Holodeck

Before adding in VisualizeR widgets
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After widgets
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As you can see the Holodeck is an entertainment page. (im sure you can tell what does what)
The music note opens winamp or spotify
The books currently open a simi folder with a number of E-readers
The film reel opens a movie player.
Other icons could be added for a picture gallery

Screen Navigation.
Rather than using swipes to navigate from screen to screen I have used LauncherPro Shortcuts to take you to a certain screen on the click of a icon.

Use of LancherPro Shortcuts

Using a small amount of code from an example i found here you can create a file for each screen to create a shorcut too it
changing the value of com.fede.launcher.extra.SCREEN you can choose what screen to navigate too. (I have included shorcuts to screens 1-5 in the attachment)
<LPShortcut sdkVersion="1"	action="android.intent.action.MAIN"	package="com.fede.launcher"	class="com.fede.launcher.Launcher"	>		<Extra type="integer" name="com.fede.launcher.extra.SCREEN" value="1" /></LPShortcut>
To use a LauncherPro widget is rather easy
Just tap and hold your screen
Choose shortcuts
Choose LauncherPro Shortcuts
Choose one of the provided files to "choose a screen"
Change the icon using one of the provided arrow images
Don't give it a name (unless you want too)

Help Taken from VintageVega

To set up a SiMi Folder Widget:
Open the app Drawer and select SiMi Folder.
Select "Add Folder".
Choose a folder name, and set the folder type to "Apps", then click Save.
Select your newly created folder, and tap on "Applications" on the right.
Add all of your desired applications to the folder.
Click Save, and then exit.
All done!

To add an object to your home screen:
Copy all of the objects images in a folder to your memory card.
Long-press on a blank area of the screen and choose "Widgets" to add a widget.
Select one of the "Desktop VisualizeR" (from now on I will refer to this as DTV) sized widgets (selecting 4x4 gives the best image quality, then you can re-size the widget to the correct size afterwards.
Tap on the newly created DTV widget to open the DTV menu and start configuring your object.
For Icon, select one of the VintageVega Object images from the gallery (or whatever app you chose).
For Action, you can either select "Launch Application" to select a single application, or "Other" to choose a SiMi Folder that you have already set up.
Once you have selected an action, clear the Label field so it is blank.
Change the "Touch Effect" from Orange to "None".
Click OK!

Oh ive almost forgot Ive aded a sort of startrek console feel for the dock on the right hand side.

Please feel free to use and maybe expand and improve.


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