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  1. Adiliyo's Avatar
    so, i've been wary of installing home screen replacements on my droid for fear of compatibility issues or performance issues.

    i for some reason or another installed DxTop tonight and WOW.

    it has 4 home screens (up down left and right) but it doesn't matter which screen you are on, dragging in the appropriate direction will take you to the corresponding screen (ie, if you are on the right screen dragging down will still bring you to the top screen) once i got used to doing things that way it made things a lot faster.

    the screen switching animation is WAY smoother on here compared to the stock home screen. they flow with no stutter or slight pause.

    you can HIDE apps in the drawer, as well as sort apps in the drawer with catagories.

    there is a dock on the bottom (you swipe left or right where the app drawer is) where you can put 4 apps, or 1x1 widgets in.

    there is a second drawer you can pull out that will show you what apps are running as well as services.

    there's themes, you can use dxTop themes, aHome themes, and Open Home themes. i tried a couple, but i prefer the stock look of the OS (i like the super sharp icons and folders)

    you can also rotate the phone and it will orient even if the keyboard is closed. widgets take a second to redraw but all come up.

    all in all, an awesome app. $2.99 in the marketplace

    EDIT: Now with pictures!


    Home Screen with Dock showing on the bottom


    Running apps and services (and recently used)


    my apps drawer with customized categories (i made the names and dropped what i wanted into them)
    11-17-2009 01:11 AM
  2. Roy Aguilera's Avatar
    So this gives you an extra screen and uses the stock icons?
    11-17-2009 08:05 PM
  3. Adiliyo's Avatar
    unless you install a theme for it, it will use the default icons.

    plus all the other stuff, there's a bunch of other things besides the 4th home screen
    11-17-2009 08:12 PM
  4. salanester's Avatar
    I'd give it go, I'm loving it right now Adiliyo...thanks.
    11-17-2009 08:15 PM
  5. Roy Aguilera's Avatar
    I gotta check it out.
    11-17-2009 10:20 PM
  6. Roy Aguilera's Avatar
    It is pretty nice. I like it. Never tried panda home or open home. Is this the best of the 3?
    11-17-2009 10:40 PM
  7. Mr.Miagi's Avatar
    the developer of panda home just came out with a droid specific version. gotta try it out now.
    11-17-2009 10:43 PM
  8. largeselection's Avatar
    Great call on this. Haven't noticed any slowdown yet. Let's see how it does over the next few days test driving it. Let us know how the panda revision is. I'm liking DX, hopefully it doesn't crush my battery tomorrow.
    11-17-2009 10:49 PM
  9. Adiliyo's Avatar
    i used my phone all day today, modest browsing, played some games, email, SMS, wifi on for a few hours.

    took it off the charger at 5am, it's now about 10pm and i have 30% left.

    i don't think it's any less than what i had before i switched home screens...

    i'm just really happy with the speed and general snappyness

    i also forgot to mention another feature:

    click the camera button and it will do a screen capture how awesome is that?!

    EDIT: First post updated with pictures
    11-17-2009 11:56 PM
  10. keepsakenw's Avatar
    Adiliyo:
    Just downloaded dxtop and can't figure out how to make the drawers. Can you explain please.

    TIA
    11-18-2009 01:26 AM
  11. darkstar's Avatar
    i just got it too... pretty cheap... i'll give it a go for 24 hrs... looks nice so far.. fluid.
    11-18-2009 02:17 AM
  12. Adiliyo's Avatar
    Adiliyo:
    Just downloaded dxtop and can't figure out how to make the drawers. Can you explain please.

    TIA
    the two drawers that are on the bottom of the screen are always there by default

    the right one is running and recently used apps and is automatically populated

    the left one is the normal app drawer.

    if you open the left drawer and click menu it will have a button that says change view. by default it's just sorted in alphabetic view. click that and you can choose categories (that's how i have it)

    now in category view longpress on an icon and when it "picks up" just drop it back in the same spot (don't move it around) and a menu will pop up where you can do things like "set category" or "hide" if you just want it not to show anywhere (i did this for visual voicemail and corp calendar since i don't use them) just click hide.

    if you want to put it in a category, choose "set category" and a screen will popup asking if you want to place it in an existing one or create one of your own.

    i hope that made sense. it won't let me take a screenshot when a menu is open so i can't walk you through it visually but let me know if something is still confusing and i'll try to reword it or something
    11-18-2009 07:42 AM
  13. Roy Aguilera's Avatar
    made perfect sense but you got your right and left mixed.
    11-18-2009 09:16 AM
  14. keepsakenw's Avatar
    Adiliyo

    I followed your instructions and the apps are disappearing into the "category" but I'm not getting the bar that runs across the screen with the category that I made up, in this case it is games. The apps just seem to disappear. It feels like there must be one step missing to make that bar appear like in your screen capture.
    TIA
    11-18-2009 09:29 AM
  15. keepsakenw's Avatar
    Adiliyo

    Disregard. I figured it out. Great find, now to do some organizing.
    11-18-2009 09:38 AM
  16. ScottsdaleHokie#AC's Avatar
    This thing works so much better than the other ones it isn't even funny.

    Is there any way to get rid of the second tab though? The one that lists apps and services.
    11-18-2009 11:02 AM
  17. Roy Aguilera's Avatar
    This also has a Screen Capture feature. Nice find indeed.
    11-18-2009 11:18 AM
  18. Adiliyo's Avatar
    oops, i'll fix the post for future reference

    scottsdale, i don't think there's a way to remove the second drawer.
    11-18-2009 11:30 AM
  19. Roy Aguilera's Avatar
    After reading your post I finally figured out how to hide some apps. Reminds me on the BB hide feature.
    11-18-2009 12:34 PM
  20. Adiliyo's Avatar
    After reading your post I finally figured out how to hide some apps. Reminds me on the BB hide feature.
    that was one of the features that drew me to it. FINALLY no more visual voicemail icon!
    11-18-2009 12:47 PM
  21. Roy Aguilera's Avatar
    Here is a screen shot of the drawers.
    11-18-2009 02:18 PM
  22. largeselection's Avatar
    Awesome. Used it all day today. It took up 8% of my battery and my life is at 50% after 12 hours. Love that you can hide apps finally! Now I don't have to have an "apps" folder and a "games" folder. I also like that you can bring any pane you want without having to scroll through them.

    It's also super fluid and not laggy. The one and only gripe I have is that it takes widgets a decent amount of time to redraw when it rotates the screen horizontal/landscape/horizontal.
    11-18-2009 06:55 PM
  23. Adiliyo's Avatar
    yea, i noticed that too, but i've since turned off the rotation, i don't really see the value in the squashed landscape layout of the home screen.
    11-18-2009 07:11 PM
  24. largeselection's Avatar
    Yea I also disabled that. At first I thought it was something I wanted, but not so good in practice.
    11-18-2009 07:37 PM
  25. Roy Aguilera's Avatar
    Disabling rotation was the first thing I did.
    11-18-2009 08:03 PM
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