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Sidebar Lite brings quick app launcher to any screen

2013 02 21 15.42.00 - for some reason we don't have an alt tag hereSidebar Lite is an application that delivers a quick-launch bar of your favorite applications or actions to almost any screen. Want to turn on the torch while playing Words With Friends? No problem. Change the brightness while in Chrome? Done. Launch your favorite application while you’re in a text messaging app? You’re set.

If you do a lot of working between different applications and get tired of scrolling through your recent apps, or just have had so many apps open at once the one you wanted has moved way off screen, then this is a great app for you.

Sidebar by default sits on the left side of your screen and can be pulled out from any standard application I’ve run. It doesn’t interfere with swiping between screens and goes out of view the instant you change a screen in your launcher or press somewhere else on the screen.

It does interfere with the app-selection top-left pullouts in TSF Shell, but that’s not too much of an issue to get around and not an issue if you get the pro version.

Sidebar Lite is limited to ten apps and appears as though it may be locked to the left side only. The pro version is $1.99 and lifts the app limitation (and probably the left-dock only limitation I seem to be experiencing).

?l=1&s=8&d=market%3A%2F%2Fdetails%3Fid%3Dmohammad.adib.sidebar - for some reason we don't have an alt tag hereI do wish it had the ability to easily reorganize the applications in the quick launch bar. As it stands, it looks like you can delete or insert in any given position, but you can’t drag them up or down. This is not a horrible inconvenience but something I hope the developer considers adding for future (or pro) releases, as I’ve already realized I set up my most used apps in the wrong location.

Overall, it’s a great little launching tool, pretty easy to operate, and worth playing with.

Download: Google Play

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10 thoughts on “Sidebar Lite brings quick app launcher to any screen

    • Avatar of Paul E King

      sorry, that’s it running on top of TSF shell… I’ll grab another photo…

      it’s actually a ripoff, if you want to call it that, of Ubuntu… which is a copy of a program I saw a long time ago on windows 3.1, which was a copy of a TSR I saw on some old 8086 machines

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    • Avatar of Paul E King

      ok, I have replaced the image to be without TSF shell sitting in the background looking like it’s a part of it… I’ve been running TSF so long I didn’t even think of it…

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  • Glovebox is similar and offers rearrangement.

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  • Avatar of james

    less obtrusive than i thought, however it prevents swiping tabs to the left in chrome

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  • Avatar of Matthew

    I’ll try this simply to add the brightness and flashlight.

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  • Avatar of Matthew

    Buahahaha….added the brightness toggle and it has 4 settings, one of which is black and then you have to push the power button twice to return to the phone?

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  • Avatar of Matthew

    Ah and no setting to disable the configure settings in the notifications bar? C’mon

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    • Avatar of Paul E King

      He’s got one as of this morning unless I read the development thread wrong.

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  • Avatar of ricky

    swpye launch pad…..same feat….but you use the screens edges to bring up the menu….love it….

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