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    After a month, I'm finding that I'm still reliant on my stylus, and that there are too many 5-way clicks involved in opening programs.

    I'm trying to decide between Handy Switcher http://www.pocketgear.com/software_detail.asp?id=10982 and Pocket Plus http://www.spbsoftwarehouse.com/products/pocketplus/?en. Both of these are supposed to increase the ease of one-handed use.

    Can a satisfied user please tell me which of the hard keys you have the app mapped to, and the ease of which you can then open and scroll through menus using the 5-way?
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    I use Handy Switcher to manage my running programs, and quickly switch between them. I don't think it will enhance the one-handed use like you're wanting it to as it will only switch between already open program, as well as allow you to close them. I have the program assigned to the press and hold on the OK button. It makes it very easy to switch back and forth between all running programs, as well as close those you are no longer using.
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    my killer combo is SmallMenuPlus and AE Button Plus.

    one replaces my start menu the other allows up to 4 functions per button and has a great Task manager for switching/closing running programs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by smeg36 View Post
    I use Handy Switcher to manage my running programs, and quickly switch between them. I don't think it will enhance the one-handed use like you're wanting it to as it will only switch between already open program, as well as allow you to close them. I have the program assigned to the press and hold on the OK button. It makes it very easy to switch back and forth between all running programs, as well as close those you are no longer using.
    I usually have the same programs open, so for practical purposes, I'd have one-handed use.

    If an email comes in, and you're on the today screen (or inside another app), how do you open Outlook using the D-Pad?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Malatesta View Post
    my killer combo is SmallMenuPlus and AE Button Plus.

    one replaces my start menu the other allows up to 4 functions per button and has a great Task manager for switching/closing running programs.
    Q: Have you found a way to not have the program delay when using the four front keys? I've successfully mapped the task switcher for AE Button plus to the side key with no delay, but I'd love to modify the ok or start menu buttons without delay.

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    HandySwitcher is an excellent, low resource and tiny screen rela estate taker sort of app. My favorite for overall one-handed use on Windows Mobile is iLauncher from SBSH Mobile. It's a Today screen plugin with lots of options for single-tab / multiple tab arrangement of favorite apps, documents, control panel meters and more. It also provides an application launching and closing via an assigned hardware button, system tray icons for more rapid access options, and it's got lovely sets of icons and is skinnable. This has been a great app for a long time and the latest version is superb ...
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    Quote Originally Posted by patrickj View Post
    HandySwitcher is an excellent, low resource and tiny screen rela estate taker sort of app. My favorite for overall one-handed use on Windows Mobile is iLauncher from SBSH Mobile. It's a Today screen plugin with lots of options for single-tab / multiple tab arrangement of favorite apps, documents, control panel meters and more. It also provides an application launching and closing via an assigned hardware button, system tray icons for more rapid access options, and it's got lovely sets of icons and is skinnable. This has been a great app for a long time and the latest version is superb ...
    Can you explain how the one-handed functionality works? Is it possible to use the 5-way to scroll through the different tabs and icons, or are screen taps required?
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    i use posket plus for this reason. i have a small part of my today screen reserved for a few icons to my favorite programs. i dont have to asign buttons to apps when i can just hit them from the todayscreen with the dpad. i keep them on the first plug in spot so it is quick to access.

    on the other side of the coin is closing apps. i have the the spb pocket plus "close button context menu" maped to my option + ok button. this gives me a list of all opened apps that i can access or close. i also have a softreset button here. then i have the option + start button assigned to the spbs "close all" feature. this lets me just close everything with one step.

    i will try to add two pictures. one of my today screen with a coulple of my most used apps. not all the apps just the ones i use everyday. one of the "close button context menu" one of my favorite features of spb pocket plus.



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    Absolutely you can use the D-pad - iLauncher is the most D-pad aware app of this type that I have used. You can switch between tabs, between apps, access system tray shortcuts, hold down the D-pad center button to bring up context-sensitive menus etc ...

    Quote Originally Posted by neill View Post
    Can you explain how the one-handed functionality works? Is it possible to use the 5-way to scroll through the different tabs and icons, or are screen taps required?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Malatesta View Post
    my killer combo is SmallMenuPlus and AE Button Plus.

    one replaces my start menu the other allows up to 4 functions per button and has a great Task manager for switching/closing running programs.
    I second that and don't forget about "WM5NewMenu" :

    http://www.saman-cz.com/ppc/index.html
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    g-funk,

    re: delay issue, I've only noticed that with the Win button so I don't use that with AEB+. I do have the OK button mapped and have no delay issues with any functions.

    I'm using version 2.5.1.

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    The programs that I use the most I put in the start menu, that way they all have a keypress associated with that program. When I launch the program I just hit the start button-(the letter that corresponds with the program). Any others I just hit start-p-the first letter of the program and go from there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rjmoose View Post
    I second that and don't forget about "WM5NewMenu" :

    http://www.saman-cz.com/ppc/index.html
    Great App! Thank you so much!! I've been looking for a hi-launcher replacement forever, this works!
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    Quote Originally Posted by g-funkster View Post
    Great App! Thank you so much!! I've been looking for a hi-launcher replacement forever, this works!
    And don't forget this:

    http://forum.xda-developers.com/show...&postcount=179

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    It really is a GREAT app!!! All the kudos go to Malatesta for recommending this app to me!!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Malatesta View Post
    my killer combo is SmallMenuPlus and AE Button Plus.

    one replaces my start menu the other allows up to 4 functions per button and has a great Task manager for switching/closing running programs.
    What's link to SmallMenuPlus and AE Button? Thanks!!
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    When using HandySwitcher you can press the assigned button to bring up the list or running programs. From there you can scroll down to the program you want to switch to using up/down on the d-pad. Then you can press the center button on the d-pad to open the program, or right on the d-pad to close the program. It's very easy to use one-handed using the d-pad, without needing the stylus at all.
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