Maemo5 (which is running on Nokia N900) has application launcher which by default lists all entries in some kind of order. There is a way to move icons but when you have too many of them it becomes not comfortable enough to use.

There are few ways of dealing with it. First was MyMenu application, then Catorise got born and some time later ApMeFo arrived on scene. Few months ago I installed Catorise, hacked it a bit (and got my changes merged) and it was fine. Automatic sorting of applications worked fine, there was a way to force icons to be placed in other categories then default given. Someone even wrote GUI for moving icons from folder to another.

But there was also thing which I started to miss one day — no way to create own categories. Or at least I did not found such one. So I asked on IRC one day and got suggestion to try ApMeFo.

Installed, started GUI and WTF!?! Interface was (still is) disaster. Uninstalled it but promised to get back to it after vacations. And I did. I even keep it installed and use it. But let’s start from beginning.

How did I moved from Catorise to ApMeFo? First made a backup of setup so I could check which application was in which category. Then used ApMeFo to create basic folders and added one app into each of them. Next step was in ViM where I edited all sub menu files to contain entries from Catorise setup, edited order, moved some into other categories.

Now I am waiting for ApMeFo author to return from his vacations as I would like to improve UI a bit but sources present in ‘Extras’ repository are not complete (files are generated from *.ui files saved by Qt Designer).

Switched from Catorise to ApMeFo

2 thoughts on “Switched from Catorise to ApMeFo

  • 27th August 2010 at 09:09

    How about installing App Search Widget, so you will never have to see applications menu again? 🙂

    • 27th August 2010 at 10:36

      I have this widget installed but launcher with folders is faster.

      I need 4 (3 if no apps running) screen clicks to run application from launcher.

      With App Search widget I first need to go to desktop (2 screen clicks or 1 screen hold), then click on widget (or scroll desktop to 1st one first), then open keyboard, type name, click to run.

      So widget is much slower… Especially with applications sorted into folders with 15 icons max (so no scrolling).

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