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Mike Temporale
07-20-2006, 10:15 PM
It's amazing what can happen when you lock a bunch of crazed Smartphone enthusiasts in a room. Ok, nobody was locked in a room. But we did come together to help solve and create a new way to dial your favourite contacts by photo, directly from the home screen of your device. :) The real story is something like this: encece IM'ed me last night about an idea he had for placing calls from the home screen using callers photos. Add Nedge2K (from MoDaCo) into the mix and together we were able to come up with this cool solution. It's easy to do and it requires nothing more than Facade plugin from SBSH. In 3 simple steps, you can have this setup too. <br /><br /><img src="http://www.smartphonethoughts.com/images/Temporale-20060720-FacadeHack.gif" alt="User submitted image" title="User submitted image"/> <br /><br />1) Create a picture - 40px by 40px works really well<br />2) Copy the picture to \Storage\Application Data\Home\Photo Contacts\{picturename.jpg}<br />3) Edit the Launcher shortcuts in the Facade plugin for your home screen with the following text:<br />&lt;!-- Facade Plugin Control: This is the launcher bar --><br />&lt;plugin clsid="{C49CEC80-D445-407C-AA72-C263EDBBAC96}" name="FacadeLauncher" type="Launcher"><br /> &lt;Buttons><br /> &lt;Button image="\Storage\Application Data\Home\Photo Contacts\{picturename.jpg}" action="Run" command="tel:5551212"/><br /> &lt;/Buttons><br />&lt;/plugin><br /><br />A couple things to note; You'll need to change the phone number accordingly, and change {picturename.jpg} to the name of the picture you created. Also, add 1 "Button Image" line for each of the photo shortcuts you want to create. <br /><br />Check out the discussion on the SBSH <a href="http://www.sbsh.net/forums/index.php?showtopic=11621&amp;st=0&amp;gopid=116293&amp;#">forums,</a> or the post on <a href="http://www.modaco.com/index.php?showtopic=243117">MoDaCo</a> for more information on this cool new twist to an already great tool. :) And, special thanks goes to encece - Great idea! :mrgreen:

Kris Kumar
07-20-2006, 10:49 PM

Ok, nobody was locked in a room.

Hmm...I wonder what would have been the result if you Smartphone nuts had indeed been locked in a room? :? :lol:

Rocco Augusto
07-20-2006, 11:40 PM
8O amazing

and here i was sitting around thinking to myself "now how could i mod my phone today?" ;)

07-20-2006, 11:57 PM
glad I could help :)

07-21-2006, 01:54 AM
This is COOL 8)

I just received a note from Todd about this in a recent discussion we had and was on my way to check this when I just saw this here - it's time for some XML editing :D

Many thanks encece &amp; Nedge2K &amp; Mike for the great tip on this :werenotworthy:

07-21-2006, 11:09 AM
Very Cool Screenshot. Very Clever!

I'm just glad it was that easy....if any programming were involved...We'd still be looking! :)

Mike Temporale
07-21-2006, 01:13 PM
Very Cool Screenshot. Very Clever!

I thought it was a good way to give credit to everyone. ;)

Jerry Raia
07-25-2006, 03:42 PM
Bravo! :clap: