A Few Words
I have to say a word about our top
finisher from the last round-up. ZZTechs added
security for individual tabs, tabbed dialogs for all settings,
a WiFi signal strength indicator on supported devices & themes,
built-in small fonts, improved app bundling, and the ability
to compress tab background images in RAM amongst other
things. The latter results in significant RAM savings if
you have different backgrounds for each tab. In my setup,
I have 690.8K of compressed backgrounds, vice 1,800K for
the same number of uncompressed images. That's a savings
of over 61%!
The security addition proved well-thought-out.
If you lock any tab, the All tab will also lock (prompting
you for a password if not already set) and the password will
be required to exit ZLauncher. Each tab may have its own
password, and your registration code will act as the master
password in case you forget the magic word. If you tap Change
Password, then enter nothing (blank password), the password
on that tab will be removed. Very slick implementation.
In addition, all configuration screens
sport tabbed interfaces, simplifying the extensive customization
possible in ZL. All this and much more for $19.95 new
and a free upgrade to registered users. These folks never
sleep, which keeps ZLauncher as the undisputed king of the
Unlike our last round-up, the two new
entries and Facer 2.0 don't really compete head-to-head.
Each has some unique quality that will appeal to a different
market segment, and each app has garnered a dedicated following.
The lesson learned here? The Palm OS launcher market continues
to grow stronger, with talented developers filling a wide
variety of user needs and desires. Palm life
is indeed good!