App & Web Development | Identity | Design
Posted by sra On February - 15 - 2011 462 Comments
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What is Clutch Pad?

Purpose:

The purpose of Clutch Pad is to help users improve their navigation of Android activities and adapt to each individuals navigational flow. Clutch Pad offers many customizations to fit the needs of a very large user base.

Important:

Hold click by default will get you into Clutch Pad preferences. You can stop the Clutch service by using “Menu” (hard key) ->> “Stop Service” in the preferences start page. You can keep the service running and it will not effect your phones performance. For users who just want to hide the surface button, you can simple toggle the “Activate Surface Button” which can as well be found on the preference start page.

Surface Button Updated

Clutch Pad provides a “Surface Button” that stays on TOP of all other Android activities. This provides a way to always have quick and easy access to the features of clutch and overall improve your Android navigation which will improve productivity.

Action Event Triggers:

  • Single Click
    The most basic use of Clutch Pad is a simple single click. Just tap the icon and by default the recent tasks will show in a fast popup.
  • Long Click (aka Hold Click)
    By default, I have the long click action setup to preferences. This is so first time users can quickly get back to the preferences by simply holding the surface button. If you wish to change this action, you can always get to the preferences by clicking on the Clutch Pad application icon in your home launcher of choice.
  • Swipe Gestures
    Clutch Pad started out with just a one button click. Why limit to only a click? …so I added swipe features! If this is not for you, you can completely disable swipe all together by going into the preferences under “Swipe Tweaks”. If you have swipe enabled, you can customize each swipe direction (up, down, left and right) for the action event of your choice.
  • Hold Search New
    This is not a mandatory action trigger to use, but for most users can be quite useful. By default this hold search trigger will toggle the surface button. Since we as developers are limited on detecting certain events that happen (such as keyboard visibility, videos, full screen apps, etc.), this hold search will allow you to easily and quickly hide the surface button at the time of your choice. To bring it back, simply hold the search button again. Keep in mind that other applications can override hold search…so it may not 100 percent of the time work for you.

Main Action Events:

  • Favorites New
    Clutch Pad now offers a new feature called favorites. In the preferences you can simple add your favorite applications to a list to later display them in the dialog styled to your choice.

    Favorites Options:

    • Hide Current Task
    • Ignore Home
    • Dim Not Running
  • Ignore List New
    Similar to the Favorites configuration, you add applications of your choice to a list. This list will then be ignored by Recent Tasks to protect you against those unusual tasks that just get in the way while multitasking but still need to be running in the background.

    Favorites Options:

    • Enable / Disable

  • Last Task
    My favorite feature of Clutch Pad has to be last task. If you came to the Android platform because of its power and ability to multitask, you will also enjoy the use of this feature. Last task allows you to move to the last task you were previously at. So, the end result is switching back and forth very fast between two tasks. This comes in great use when referencing two different windows and improves your multitasking speed.

    Last Task Options:

    • Ignore Home New

  • Home Launcher
    This is by default launched from swiping up. Simply swipe up and it will go to your home screen (aka default launcher). Swipe up again and it can then trigger your second home screen settings …usually to display all home pages.
  • Recent Tasks
    The main functionality of Clutch Pad is to provide a way to more efficiently access your recent tasks.

    Recent Tasks Options:

    • Ignore Home
    • Show Not Running
    • Dim Not Running
    • Hide Current Task New
  • Toggle Button
    New My favorite feature of Clutch Pad has to be last task. If you came to the Android platform because of its power and ability to multitask, you will also enjoy the use of this feature. Last task allows you to move to the last task you were previously at. So, the end result is switching back and forth very fast between two tasks. This comes in great use when referencing two different windows and improves your multitasking speed.

Spotlight Customizations:

  • Placement Configuration Updated
    Not every user holds and navigates their Android device the same. My solution to this is the ability to place the access button anywhere the user wants. Clutch Pad can be configured to display the button top, bottom, left, right and even set manual offsets to get a more precise location. Not only do you have full control of button placement, you now have the ability to choose separately on where you want the dialog to appear.
  • Dialog Animations Updated
    Get that unique user configuration to setup the animation of choice. If you don’t like animations, simply set this option to “None”

  • Surface Button Appearance Updated
    Appearance is very important …almost as important as function. I have included a few standard icons to choose from and the ability to remove the icon all together. A new addition to this is the ability to change the shape that is displayed alone, or with the icon you choose. If you choose, you can have a totally transparent button/swipe zone. I recommend first to test with an icon until your a pro!