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Quickbar - discussion & support thread: Release 0.93-237(kesäkuume)

asked 2014-06-21 23:46:49 +0300

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This thread is meant to be a scratch pad for Quickbar development / enhancement. There is a now separate thread for feedback / suggestions. here

QUICKBAR ON XPERIA10: if you encounter issues, please drop a mail / post here

WANTED: If you happen to fall in any of the following categories, and would like to help, please drop a message at users.giulietta@gmail.com

  • supported SFOS tablets (unofficial) owners (testing)
  • Gemini PDA owners (testing)
  • translators for localizations (Russian, Spanish)

If you like our work: Help in fueling our Rockets! Donate!

NOTE : Quickbar has been tested on Jolla OTH JollaC with version Kymijoki It hence supports Sailfish X as well. If you face issues, please report them here. Thanks!


Flattr : from store

Bitcoins: 1Ayx665f3dHEKMHT389qcZTwsibfyW122a


  • Release 0.93-238 (keväkuume) is available on harbour, for Oulanka!
  • Release 0.91-235 (keväkuume) is available on openrepos, for Oulanka!

  • Release 0.90-234 (kesäkuume) is available on openrepos and on harbour!

  • Autostart scripts are available from the debota-utilities package available on openrepos (as well as their source code)


  • Release 0.36-145 (yövalo) is out on openrepos ; SF1.0 - compatible!

KNOWN ISSUES (SFOS versions): 2.0.1: * Quickbar does not appear on the task switching screen if coming from the lock screen

  • Quickbar on lockscreen is unresponsive with lock code enabled
  • Image previews in harbour do not depict quickbar at all

  • Some Android apps do not open up after being started; user is instead redirected to the task switcher only. Appears to be alien dalvik related
  • Clipping of icons on top and bottom of the list (during swipe launch, under certain conditions)
  • Autostart of app is not functional at the moment (apparently due to Qt bug)

  • Quickbar does not open up windows of already launched apps. Fix WIP.

Pre- :

  • Quickbar might loose interaction and displaying be delayed; if this is the case, please send /tmp/DebotaWarnings.txt file to users.giulietta@gmail.com
  • QuickBar is visible on top of displayed calendar events
    • WORKAROUND : Disable "Quickbar on Lockscreen" option
  • Browser is not correctly inserted into the MRU list in (tonttu release)


  • Favourites currently accept only 5 entries
  • crashdumps are enabled, and generated in /tmp whenever the app crashes.
  • in case you experience missing app icons in any list, please take the time to post the name of the app here below. If possible, send the ~/.config/harbour-debota folder contents zipped to : users.giulietta@gmail.com - DISCLAIMER : they will be strictly used for debugging ONLY!
  • configuration files in ~/.config/harbour-debota are currently not removed upon uninstallation

*New in version 0.90.234 (kesäkuume)

  • !NEW! Added search functionality for apps finding
  • fixed bugs in android launcher (side-invoked apps were not properly recognized)

*New in version 0.70.209 (pakkaste)

  • fixed detection of service invocations!
  • new settings page!
  • fixed minor things on the bar

*New in version 0.65-199 (keväthiiri)

  • compatibility release for Qt 5.6
  • minor stability fixes

*New in version 0.63-194 (räntä)

  • minor release, trying a final fix on the display on events (calendar, call, etc); now quickbar should not display.
  • fixed lockscreen bug (hanging)
  • fixed app not showing when pressing status bar in task switcher

*New in version 0.61-187 (phoenix, patchrelease EGA) - support for OS'es < 2.0.1 (taalojärvi)

*New in version 0.60-185 (phoenix)

  • support for autostart
  • input problems fixed!
  • added shortcuts bar on top of quickbar for easy switching (swiping still available)
  • minor tidbits here and there

*New in version 0.50-164 (odyssey, patchrelease Circe)

  • background is transparent now :)
  • fixed transition / mouse sensitive bugs
  • few corrections to settings screen

*New in version 0.5.161 (odyssey)


  • SFOS 2.0 adaptation; which means:

    • Back to the roots : Horizontal quickbar accessible by click on status bar (currently in lockscreen / task switcher only)
  • Quicklaunch mode : last (from quickbar) started application gets launched automatically unpon unlocking the phone (i.e. when you press shoulder button to put screen on) TEST, see notes above, WIP

*New in version 0.36-145 (yövalo)

NEW FEATURE : Most Frequently Used list added
FIX / Launch mechanism : now launching is correctly alligned with unlocking of phone
FIX / Swiping : refactoring of UI code took off some nasty swipe-launch bugs

*New in version 0.30-104 (tonttu)

FIX / Tahkalampi: support for favourites 
FIX / Tahkalampi, Uitukka : Swipe launch breaks favs adding
FIX / Tahkalampi, Uitukka : added missing text "and release" in the instructions on settings page

*New in version 0.29-100 (pukki)

NEW FEATURE : Favourites list; add / remove your favourite apps. Switch between lists with a simple swipe.
Improved appearance & disappearance animations
small bug fixings in qml (outline etc)
updated usage description in the settings page with instructions for favourites

*New in version 0.28-96 (hiiri)

Uitukka compatibility release! NOT TESTED ON PREVIOUS UPDATES! USE AT OWN RISK!
Special thanks to giucam for amazing support!

*New in version 0.26-94 (kuunvalo patch)

NEW FEATURE : slide in Quickbar automatically upon accessing lock screen
Fixed crash on empty list
Fixed visibility issue on empty list
Fixed touch area of Hide settings button
Updated description text in settings

*New in version 0.21-89 (kuunvalo)


*New in version 0.19-84 (kuunvarjo patch)

Fixed Swipe issue

*New in version 0.17.82 (kuunvarjo)

Service-based apps supported - all apps working!
Improved empty list looking (Thanks Arttu!)

*New in version 0.16.75 (rautatie)

First attempt at more detailed integration
    NOTE : Still buggy, in case your Quickbar disappears on the lockscreen, unlock 
    (aka close lockscreen) and it should reappear the nex time you go to lockscreen
Support for LPM mode :)

*New in version 0.15-69 (saari patch-fix)

Fixed swipe option for real
Now app stops upon uninstall

*New in version 0.14-68 (saari)

Saari was supposed to be a patch fix for merenranta, instead it ended up including a new feature

(device lock support), hence it got upgraded to stand-alone release.

Device lock mode supported!
Tentative (optimistic) fix for random crashs
Linked swipe/non swipe checkbox "checked" properties (missing)

*New in version 0.12-43 (merenranta)

Added Settings window
Moved close button and support button to Settings window
Added feature for launching by swiping (switchable from Settings window)
Fixed visibility of QuickBar on incoming call / sms / alarm

*New in version 0.10-30 (heinaallergia)

Switched ads off, enabled donations button. If you like this app, and want to support us, DONATE! :)
Help us Fuel our Rocket! Post your nickname in the donation and you will be entereing the support hall of fame!
Added close button
Max length of history of apps is 7 now
New Icon (thanks Moth!)

*New in version 0.9-22

Added empty history placeholder
fixed swiping on lockscreen
fixed ads loading motor
diminished visibility time of ads
diminished showings of ads
Updated description of ads to be more specific
Proper uninstall scripts

Release 0.9-7 (Juhannus Juna)

  • First version (Beta)
  • Lockscreen gestures not working correctly
  • Calls, sms, and other D-bus based services not currently supported
  • Hiding of Quickbar not smooth
  • No auto-start yet
  • Available on lock screen only currently
  • Ads shown every once an app is launched

Special thanks to:

  • giucam
  • coderus
  • SK_works
  • special
  • kaltsie
  • MSameer
  • STSKeeps
  • Moth for the new Icon!
  • lpotter for good hints on QtDbus!
  • objectifnul for helping identifying the Swipe Launch breaking fav adding
  • and all others at #sailfishos who we forgot!

Discussion points:

  • Location of Quickbar

The location of Quickbar is currently on the lock screen. Originally (on N9) Quickbar was conceived for three purpouses:

  1. To provide access to the last used apps
  2. To provide this in a handy way
  3. To provide this at any time

and was achieving this by being shown whenever the user clicked on the status bar (which usually was visible everywhere).

On Sailfish OS, we do not have a Status bar per-se.

So by placing this to the lock screen, we achieve 1. and 2., but not 3. A more suited place could be for an example the notification screen, but there is currently no easy way to recognize when this screen is displayed.

  • improvements
    • possibility to integrate with sailfish launcher?
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Just out of interest, which kind of advertising is used in the application? Is it a third party ad-service like Adsense? Are they "static", or rather loaded dynamically from external resources?

tokaru ( 2014-07-05 14:34:27 +0300 )edit

It is a third-party ad service, yes. Basically it's the only one with a qt sdk (smaato). They are loaded as normal ads dynamically. It appears however there is a bug (which we are investigating) causing the same ads to be displayed.

tortoisedoc ( 2014-07-05 14:59:10 +0300 )edit

Thanks for the update, I didn't know there is something like smaato, working on Qt - good to know.

tokaru ( 2014-07-06 20:42:41 +0300 )edit

Wow, 0.9-30 you are making great progress!

mosen ( 2014-07-07 13:50:08 +0300 )edit

@tokaru Inner Active also has Qt SDK https://inneractive.jira.com/wiki/display/DevWiki/Qt+SDK+guidelines They were also working on a QML integration.

Buschmann ( 2014-07-07 13:57:48 +0300 )edit

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answered 2014-06-22 01:07:29 +0300

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updated 2014-06-22 11:19:33 +0300

Great app! (Edit: Except for the ads, I must add.) But it seems to show most recently launched apps, not most recently used? An app you have just used may not be in the top 5 if it was launched some time ago.

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good point. will correct, thanks!

tortoisedoc ( 2014-06-22 10:12:48 +0300 )edit

answered 2014-06-22 11:24:50 +0300

tortoisedoc gravatar image

updated 2014-06-22 11:26:00 +0300

Thanks for your feedback!

Corrected the description to include notification about ads + replaced "most recently used" apps with "launched" apps. NOTE: Once Harbour supports paid apps, ads will go away.

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thank you, i was not amused getting ads without prior notice ;)

mosen ( 2014-06-22 14:09:50 +0300 )edit

Ok, now the description is correct – but I really think it would be better if the app showed most recently used apps, not recently launched... :)

ssahla ( 2014-06-22 17:13:53 +0300 )edit

@ssahla thats WIP :), will keep posted.

tortoisedoc ( 2014-06-22 17:23:54 +0300 )edit

answered 2014-06-22 14:20:29 +0300

mosen gravatar image

I would suggested In-app purchase via paypal (just for convinience) or a more trustworthy service, then send a simple unlock key to the payer via email. One idea to improve ui consistancy. The lockscreen is meant to not contain clickable areas imho to prevent unintended actions. Maybe you could implement an option to swipe the shortcuts. That would be safer at least for my use case. Thanks for your effort!

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Can you detail "swipe the shortcuts"? Thank you!

tortoisedoc ( 2014-06-22 14:35:28 +0300 )edit

@tortoisedoc I think he meant "Swipe the shortcut" like in N9's lock screen. Hold the shortcut and move it to left or right side, then it will open. Just by mere Tapping on the Shortcut/Icon does not do anything or may be give a hint like Swipe it this way to open it

Saqib Iqbal ( 2014-06-22 14:55:49 +0300 )edit

Thanks. Paypal is not available as sdk on qt unfortunately :/

tortoisedoc ( 2014-06-22 17:38:07 +0300 )edit

yes Saqib Iqbal! That is what i meant, thank you for beeing so quick.To start with selling keys it would even be sufficiant to announce your naked paypal address somewhere in the app (About/Info/Disclaimer page) to pay manually. Maybe the first time you would display an ad, give a splashscreen with your paypal address saying: To deaktivate Ads, pay 2-5€ and you will receive a key via email. Then have a seperate "key input" page somewhere in the "app settings" to input the bought key. Do not make it to complicted, just start and see if it works imho. Grab my 5€ please ;)

mosen ( 2014-06-22 18:12:02 +0300 )edit

And again to the swipeable shortcuts, i would prefer to keep the vertical scroll. so pressing a shortcut and then move it up or down to activate would be cool (if possible).

mosen ( 2014-06-22 18:16:10 +0300 )edit

answered 2014-06-22 22:02:35 +0300

ssahla gravatar image

updated 2014-06-22 22:27:26 +0300

I just noticed I can't use any swipe gestures when the Quickbar is visible! Ambience change, Events view, Lock device, none of these work in the Lock screen if Quickbar is running. Is this supposed to happen?

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Thank you for posting it here, will add it to the fixing list!

tortoisedoc ( 2014-06-22 22:30:53 +0300 )edit

answered 2014-06-22 20:29:08 +0300

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Another remark. To me the full color icons look a bit intrusive like to much "into your face" on certain ambiences. Maybe an option to grayscale and/or reduce opacity of the listed app icons would be possible? That would fit better with dark and single color ambiences. A nice touch could then be to have the saturation and opacity fade or switch back to 100% when selecting an icon (like a mouse over on desktop ui).

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Another way to achieve this: enable to hide the QuickBar and show it for example on double-tap of border area of the lock screen / swipe in from the right. This way you would be 100% sure not to launch apps accidentally.

tortoisedoc ( 2014-06-22 20:47:11 +0300 )edit

double tap to show quickbar would be nice indeed. but i am also a fan of the static appearence of the current lockscreen because it allows good performance. Could it be that a static grayscale quickbar that lights up on selection is much lighter performance wise than to completely fade and hide it in and out? just a question, i dont know. if the fading lags, i would prefer to switch it off and have a static quickbar.

mosen ( 2014-06-22 21:09:19 +0300 )edit

Well, strictly technically the double-tap quickbar is much lighter than the gray-faded (no show vs rendering in gray scale, so you have first a conversion to grayscale and then a rendering).

tortoisedoc ( 2014-06-22 22:00:21 +0300 )edit

thanks for clarifying ;)

mosen ( 2014-06-22 23:51:07 +0300 )edit

answered 2014-07-08 21:34:01 +0300

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updated 2014-07-08 21:38:44 +0300

Thanks for the new version (0.10-30), good to be rid of the ads! Nice icon, too.

Aesthetically though, the new version looks less elegant than before (see screenshot):

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  1. The donate button seems to be too close the first app icon (compared to the space between app icons). It's also not aligned perfectly with the app icons; it's a couple of pixels more to the right.
  2. Now with the donation button in place, the fifth app icon is cut in half.
  3. The close button has a problem with its edge antialiasing (at least on dark background).
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    Also the placing looks a bit awkward. (My suggestion: A permanent icon that appears in the same row as the app icons, always as the last one (8th if the history is full); maybe dimmer and monochrome to differentiate it from the app icons. If and when you implement autostart and other settings, this icon could open the settings interface, and from there you could also turn Quickbar off.)

Also, a bug: If you swipe to ambience switcher, the Quickbar disappears, but when you swipe back, it doesn’t come back (until you slide a bit towards the home screen).

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Thanks for your time on detailing these issues! We will fix asap!

tortoisedoc ( 2014-07-08 22:32:12 +0300 )edit

Thanks for fixing these in 0.12-43 (merenranta)! Now the view in lock screen is much more pleasing. Once you get "track usage of last used apps (vs launched)" and "Hiding of Quickbar not smooth" done and all apps supported, I'll be happy :)

One remark though; if you have glance screen enabled with mcetool, Quickbar is shown on the glance screen (but not functioning). I think it should show up only after you have woken up the phone. I know the glance screen is not officially released yet, but it may be soon... Also, Quickbar should be hidden when you open the lock screen pulley menu. Now it stays on screen but is not functional.

ssahla ( 2014-07-24 00:35:58 +0300 )edit

glance screen === "low power mode"?

tortoisedoc ( 2014-07-24 08:06:57 +0300 )edit

Yes, that's what I meant! :)

ssahla ( 2014-07-24 08:32:06 +0300 )edit

Ok Thanks, we'll have a look at it ! :)

tortoisedoc ( 2014-07-24 08:46:27 +0300 )edit

answered 2014-07-23 20:00:51 +0300

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Your app was definitely useful in creating the most stylish lockscreen ever. Everyone around me is instantly envious. :-O

btw: app's still sometimes vanishing / crashing. (merenranta). I'm sure you'll find a solution for this little bug... ;-)

Keep it up!

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Wooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooow! :D Give me one release :P

tortoisedoc ( 2014-07-23 20:57:03 +0300 )edit

Btw for the lined icons is there a style setting on the phone?

tortoisedoc ( 2014-07-23 20:59:49 +0300 )edit

Btw#2: any more detailed info of when it crashes / disappears? Like after an extended period of phone being locked?

tortoisedoc ( 2014-07-23 21:06:47 +0300 )edit

@tortoisedoc Everything's in place already:

1) Quickbar, of course.... :)

2) Icon collection

3) High contrast ambiences


btw#2: it seems to be a running condition, as the crash happens mostly if i start an app that's currently NOT in the qb-list. But i could be wrong. Anyone?

Moth ( 2014-07-23 21:21:55 +0300 )edit

Ok, that sounds plausible! Any app in particular?

tortoisedoc ( 2014-07-23 21:25:50 +0300 )edit

answered 2014-10-24 18:50:37 +0300

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Not much can be said after Uitukka, as Quickbar is no longer working at all (even the beta 0.28-96)

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Describe symptoms? Not starting? Starting but blocked?

tortoisedoc ( 2014-10-24 23:07:13 +0300 )edit

Also, if you installed from OpenRepos : uninstall and reinstall from Harbour.

tortoisedoc ( 2014-10-24 23:52:49 +0300 )edit

For Openrepos, I did so. For Quickbar, if I launch it I just get a black screen (with visible Quickbar but inoperative) and must reboot. Maybe interesting info: before Uitukka, I had a similar Quickbar problem until I had to perform a factory reset (for reasons not necessarily related with Quickbar, I suspect I had a corrupted file system with bootloop).

objectifnul ( 2014-10-25 10:35:39 +0300 )edit

So, for now I uninstalled Quickbar until further notice. Please let me know if and when there is something new, as this is a great idea.

objectifnul ( 2014-10-25 11:17:21 +0300 )edit

Thsnks for the good feedback! Your case appears ro be interesting as it sounds very similar to what the fix for uitukka was necessary for / was fixing. Do you have patchmanager installed? Maybe some patches?

tortoisedoc ( 2014-10-25 19:06:17 +0300 )edit

answered 2014-12-12 16:35:58 +0300

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updated 2014-12-12 23:33:50 +0300

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i find that a great app!! sorry that i change my answer, but suddenly the apps works like as i wanted to suggest...hm hm..

good continuation, and best regards. .-)

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Thanks! Consider a donation if you would like to support us :)

tortoisedoc ( 2014-12-14 11:39:33 +0300 )edit

@tortoisedoc: 1 question, why do you make the choice of 5 entries? it seems to give a place for one more. 1 idea: maybe it will be possible to have more entries, and with the scroll up and down could we go and then choose the one we would like... Is it a good or bad idea?

cemoi71 ( 2014-12-15 00:50:50 +0300 )edit

answered 2015-02-05 11:53:05 +0300

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updated 2015-02-05 12:26:21 +0300

Hi. This a provisional list of apps that don't show up among the recently launched, so I can't include them in my Quickbar favourites; this could be related with the way the app name is captured by QuickBar when launched (running Vaarainjärvi).

  • Web browsers: stock Jolla browser and Web Pirate
  • GPSinfo

By the way, I accept the community collaborative spirit and admit that buggy apps under development may rely on users' experience (good or bad) to be improved. Good job, thanks.

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Thanks for the feedback! The Browser issue is known, but I forgot to metion that it relates to Vaarainjärvi, so I will add it :). I will check for GPSInfo and WebPirate.


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