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Create duplicate application icons with dg Quick Cut (homebrew) 2

by Adam Marks Fri, 26 Oct 2012 3:37 pm EDT

dg quick cutSetting up your Application Launcher on a webOS devices takes a lot of thought, having to determine how many launcher pages you want, how to arrange your icons, which icons you want to put on your Quick Launcher, and more. Depending on if you are on webOS 1.x, 2.x or 3.x and what patches you have installed, there are differences in what your options are as it relates to your launcher, but you still have to decide how to set up them up. For example, one option would be to have separate tabs based on the category of the apps, so you would have separate tabs for Games, Settings, Homebrew, Browser Shortcuts, Utilities, etc. But you may also have a group of favorite apps that you want on their own launcher page but don't want to deviate from your broader category setup. Or maybe you just want quick access to a single app regardless of what launcher tab you are on. One option you have is to use the homebrew app dg Quick Cuts by developer Mike dg.

The app offers you a number of options in terms of adding icons to your application launcher. You can add icons to instantly dial a phone number or send an SMS, to launch the Phone Preferences or even an icon to access Developer Mode. But, you can also clone any existing launcher icon and even give it a different name. This gives you the freedom to add one or more launcher shortcuts for the same app anywhere on your launcher.

To create a duplicate application icon:

  • Open up the dg Quick Cut app
  • Tap on the "Copy Launcher Shortcut" button on the top of the screen.
  • You will then be presented with a listing of every icon on your launcher (although in a seemingly random order and no ability to type-to-search). Find the icon you want to duplicate and tap on it
  • A "Shortcut Editor" screen will appear allowing you to name the icon, defaulted with the existing shortcut name.
    • We would recommend you provide a different name for the icon or add a "(copy)" to the title, so you will be able to differentiate between the original icon and the copy, in case you want to delete the application in the future.
  • Tap the "Create Shortcut" button when done and the new icon will appear in your launcher

You will see that the app hasn't been updated in over two and a half years, but it will still work across all webOS versions. The only quirk is that while you can create a launcher shortcut on webOS 3.x on your TouchPad, the actual icon image does not copy and you will have a generic app icon.

dg Quick Cuts is available in the webOS Nation homebrew feed in Preware and is compatible with all webOS devices

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I think this is a very nice trick and there are people that would find a use for this. I will... eventually ;-)

I use it to have a "favorites" tab, that takes my "top apps" and duplicates it from other tabs. This includes Email, Messaging, Calendar, GuttenPodder, Carbon, webOSNation.com, camera, photos, facebook, preware, Image Worker Pro and a few others... but I get to keep them on their tab in the category they belong to, as well as my favorites tab.