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PREVIEW: Xetra xBar 2.0 Beta for Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - on Friday, 23.01.04 - 15:24:45 CET under 08 - Reviews - Viewed 10238x
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Xetra, the developer of xBar was kind enough to send me a Beta version of his xBar 2.0 Beta (RC). And I have to admit that I already fell in love to xBar since the first 1.0 Beta; which is another reason why it also received the PPCW.Net Editors Choice.

What is xBar in general? It's a graphic oriented application manager (I wouldn't call it task manager only) for Smartphones which lets you switch between tasks and close running tasks/applications as well as it provides you information about the memory used as well as about your battery status and the current temperature.

However, with version 2.0 (which won't be available for free anymore but for around 6 Euro) you will get even more:

  • Advanced skin management including transparent skins.
  • Enhanced management for the shortcuts.
  • Auto clean-up function for the memory which will properly cleans the RAM.
  • A Linux kind Crownjob task planner which lets you run tasks and plug-ins automatically.
  • And much more.

The new skin layout which reminds pretty much to the Pocket PC pop-up bubble:

The Crownjob configuration:

As before all configuration is done through (now) several config files. To make this configuration easier and more convenient, Xetra is also working on a kind of application manager.

Final Conclusion

While version 1 already fulfilled my needs pretty well, version 2 is becoming even better without increasing the application size too much. What makes xBar so useful for me is that I can access it from every application just by pressing the record button which either lets me switch between the currently running applications (like switching from the Inbox to the Pocket Internet Explorer and back) easily or let's me close either one or all running applications with pressing a single key. However, version 2 with all its enhancements will become even more customizable and feature rich which makes me confident that xBar 2 will become one of the top application managers.

xBar 2 is expected to be released soon and I will let you know as soon as it is available. I've tested it on both - the HTC Tanager with Smartphone 2002 and the HTC Voyager with Smartphone 2003 and it worked flawless with both CE versions!

Cheers ~ Arne

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