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cover only apps

asked 2014-03-11 16:01:57 +0300

mikelima gravatar image

I don't know if this is possible at the moment, or if it is planned, but I would like to know if this is a feasible idea, or one that could be developed further:

Some "apps" have a very simple user interface, and could work entirely through their cover.

For example, a flashlight application needs nothing more than a cover. A WiFi toggle, the same.

Is it possible at the moment to have an application with no window, other than its cover?

Of course, it would be possible to add a simple "about" page for these applications, and have them work with no modification.

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why not extend system pulley menus and add them there?

pmelas ( 2014-03-11 16:17:36 +0300 )edit

@pmelas - You can add only so many items to a pulley menu before it stops being practical. The recommandation is not to have pulley menus with more than 5 items, and I think 4 or less is optimal.

mikelima ( 2014-03-11 16:22:12 +0300 )edit

The application "Radio Switch" is cover only

Bulder ( 2014-03-11 17:41:44 +0300 )edit

What about put "About page" to App setting in "System settings => Apps" ? But I don't know way for "do it". :)

Kaacz ( 2014-03-12 13:08:09 +0300 )edit

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answered 2014-03-11 18:14:37 +0300

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updated 2014-03-11 18:14:37 +0300

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Is it possible at the moment to have an application with no window, other than its cover?

Not tested, but you could try setting initialPage to null

ApplicationWindow {
    initialPage: null
    cover: MyCoverPage {
        id: cover;
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answered 2014-03-11 23:41:29 +0300

MartinK gravatar image

Just an additional idea for cover-only apps - the click action that normally brings the application window to focus could be reused to:

  • enable a third action for the cover
  • make the cover full-screen
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As I stated above, Radio Switch from openrepos is like this. Tapping on the cover changes the cover to show the version number and a close action for a few seconds. Doable? Yes. Pretty? Not really. It still scrolls up a bit when you tap it.

Bulder ( 2014-03-11 23:45:17 +0300 )edit
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