New CrackBerry.com Launcher Now Available!

The New CrackBerry.com Launcher!
By Kevin Michaluk on 27 Jun 2008 02:22 pm
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Here it is folks, the moment you've all been waiting for (especially you antiandy)... the beta unveiling of the all-new, totally kick ass CrackBerry.com launcher!

CrackBerry Launcher *Beta*: The new launcher is MUCH MORE than a simple BB shortcut. Once installed on your device, you can actually change up the shortcut settings by going to Options > CrackBerry Launcher. You can select what color of CrackBerry logo to appear on the homescreen along with the onclick destination - launch either the CrackBerry wap site index page or go to the mobile forums directly!! Now your CB logo will always match your wallpaper and theme!

To Download: Visit http://wap.crackberry.com on your BlackBerry and click on the Install the New CrackBerry.com Launcher link.

Beta: Keep in mind this is the first beta release of the CrackBerry Launcher application. While it has been tested extensively by the developer and a great team of helpers, it's possible some yet-unfound errors could pop up. Likewise, ideas are planned to continually improve the application. Please leave any bug reports, comments, suggestion and praise on the CrackBerry.com Launcher thread in the forums.

Credit: A HUUUUGGGGGGGGE THANK YOU goes to CrackBerry.com member patrick.waugh who made this awesome new Launcher a reality. While Patrick is an experienced developer in the field of avionics, the development of the CB Launcher is his first BlackBerry application, and he has built it as a free gift to the CrackBerry community. Yet another awesome surprise in our 200,000 member milestone celebrations! Take a read after the jump for the credits and full story. Again, a HUGE THANK YOU goes to all those involved!

CrackBerry Launcher Credits

Developed by: Patrick T. Waugh, MA, of BerrySoft, a sub of Benchmark Avionics Corp.

The following programmers assisted in development:
Simon Hain
Fabian Heuwieser

The following people assisted in alpha testing of early versions:
Donna Alderman
Robert Barnes
CJ Carbone
Cole Ciprari
Jeff Hamilton
Christine DeVoy
Reed McLay
Rick Webster
CB Moderator Team

Behind the Scenes of the New CrackBerry.com Launcher
an interview with Patrick Waugh, BerrySoft

Behind the ScenesCrackberry:  So, what inspired you to redo the CrackBerry.com shortcut?
BerrySoft:  Well, to be honest, my own frustration with the existing application’s icon.  Because the shape, color, and size are very close to the size of the highlight used on the main screen, it was very difficult for me to tell I had selected it, which often resulted in me running the wrong application.  And, after coming to love CrackBerry.com, I thought we could improve it a bit and give the whole community a nice gift as we launch our first application.  Also, we wanted to find a quick application to develop that would allow us to ensure we understood how to get an application to market that would work on all the platforms we wanted to initially target.  So, this was an ideal way to learn and give back to the community at the same time.

Crackberry:  You mentioned other applications.  What are you working on?
BerrySoft:  Well, we have 4 projects underway, one of which is a game program that we’re excited about, but will take a bit longer than the others to develop.  The one project I can talk about is TipBerry, which unlike the others, will again be freeware.  It was the program we were originally going to use as our “test” application, created for much the same reasons, but then we got more excited about the CrackBerry.com project as we felt it would reach and benefit more people.  Our first commercial project will go into beta soon after we identify and correct any problems with the CrackBerry application that keep it from running on systems we are targeting.  The Board, of course, doesn’t want me to reveal more for competitive reasons.

Behind the ScenesCrackberry: Tell us about this cool shot.
BerrySoft:  Well, because we also develop avionics software, we have great tools for 2D and 3D artwork design, as well as several different programming development environments.  The code for this application only took about 20 minutes to write initially, but several hours were put into the artwork (we’re perfectionists), as well as testing various things to avoid problems and learn more about the RIM environment.  Then a couple of weeks tweeking what we had done till we were really happy with it.
To achieve the best looking results, our artist created a fully 3D crackberry logo in a sort of virtual studio, where it was then animated and shoot just as it would be on a live stage, with camera and lighting.  In this behind-the-scenes shot we see the virtual studio set with the camera and lights setup on our model preparing for a rendering.
Those shots were then rendered and sent to a 2D artist for post-production to add some subtle special effects.  Several versions were screen tested in the actual application till we found the right look & feel we were going after.   We spent a lot of time on it because we had fun and it was important to us for it to look good.  We hope you and the community are pleased with the results.  Over time, we’ll incorporate and feedback from the community into updates for you as well.

Topics: BlackBerry Apps

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45 comments

antiandy

Thanks Kevin...thanks Patrick...and all of CB!!!!
This is a banner day for Berryheads!!

JasonHDD

Kudos to mr waugh and CB...I'm diggin the new launcher!!!!

Kronk

Way to go Patrick and BerrySoft!

brlintn

This looks sweet, congrats guy!

blemoon42

im getting an error when trying to go to wap.crackberry.com
wahaha i want the new launcher lol

Adam Zeis

What error do you get?

YaYa

Just installed it. Thank you very much. Contratulations on the milestone. I just love being able to change colors of icons and stuff and make things look cool. This is a bonehead question I know...but how do I get the other orange icon off? I have hidden it but I was wondering if maybe I should have uninstalled the old one before I installed the new one?

ael4490

Yaya thats what i did. uninstalled the old one.

I have a question to all...
Are we able to look @ the free ringtones/wallpaper on the launcher? Sorry if this is dumb question but forgive me ima newbie!! =)

Kevin Michaluk

The Media Galleries are designed for viewing over computer... and then sending the links for wallpapers/ringtones/themes you want directly to your BlackBerry for over the air download (or download to computer and install via Desktop Manager).

blemoon42

i was getting a error 503 but i got it fixed now loving the new icon i got mine set to mauve matches my theme woohoo

exelant

Great, nice color and it goes straight to forums! Had an uncaught exception after install - seems OK so far, though.

Pete Sake

Damn...Good Looking Out....

bduschel

Just dl'd the new launcher. Love the customize option. Nice job guys. A good download!!!

scottlucky13

awesome job guys. love the new icon!! And ability to change colors is great!!!

bahumutx

Great job. I love the ability to change the color of the icon.

jerhunter

I can't change the color of my icon, or any of the other options for that matter, what am I doing wrong?

Kevin Michaluk

Can you access the page?

If you go to Options, you'll find CrackBerry Launcher on the list.

Once you make your changes, click the back key and you'll be prompted to Save changes. Save the changes and you should be good to go.

Click the Forum Thread link in the post above and leave any further debugging info there (device model, os, etc.) if that doesn't help.

SOUJAH345

You guys are great, you all know just what to do to feed this addiction of ours :)

Online

Works great. Thanks for doing this.

mattburns9999

Thanks, been waiting on this!

ecooper11

When I went to install it, I got some uncaught exception error, but the app worked and installed fine. Thanks everyone. I like the Navy color a lot :)

Fico

Thanks guys! great job! love the colors and no more opening the browser and hit (Go to) in order to get to the site. Im so addicted to this, LOL

PS. I did get that exception error but the launcher works fine...

missadrienneg

Love the color selection.

lesmchl1

I get " Uncaught exception:module with handle {1626} and index {1} has no application entry point "

rpalumbo

Uncaught exception: Module with Handle [2409] and index [1] has no application entry point, wtf is that :)

Kathryn

I got an "uncaught exception" error at first, then I got things working fine. I have noticed, though, on my 8300 Curve, that the CB launcher seems to work better when I have the main Browser turned off first; otherwise, the CB launcher seems to get hung up. And Purple Rules!

oskaru

I did get that exception error but the launcher works fine...
I'm digging the Navy blue CB. Thank you to those who worked on this project.

Anonymous

i get an "http error 502: bad gateway" message on my 8820

boo

naviwilliams

Yep, you just got to love that app...

Kevin Michaluk

as posted on the forum thread...

The message reads "Uncaught exception Module with handle
[5515] and index [1] has no application entry point" and then has the ok button below (Pearl 8100)
Error reports are good, as they help us make it better, so no worries.

from developer:
We are aware of that problem. It has been reported to RIM by a number of developers, but unfortunately there is no known work-around. I first encountered it myself with REXwireless software, and that's how I learned of it. Scared me too, but it is harmless, and should only occur on your initial install. Basically, it is reporting something intentionally coded per RIM specs, which is ironic.

Glad you like it!

CasyCasy

I love change so being able to change the color at anytime is cool. I'm still learning to use CB Mobile. Anything additonal hints I'll take it. Thanks.

PanaSama

I've just installed this, thank you very much Patrick, you rule!

Zannor

Thanks for all the hard work. Black would have rocked as a color on black wallpaper but navy looks awesome too.

artie

Thank you, LOVE it..also got the uncaught exception error but everything is perfect (8130).

andrelaw

What is the name of the 3rd theme in the image? The one on the bottom with the icons across the middle of the screen. I want it.

Thanks for your help

e3bk

Andrelaw - the one you want is called Surreal.

I want the one in the middle! What is that called??

Anonymous

I would love to try this out but I keep getting the "server is overloaded" error message!!!!!
What to do?

Iron_Hide

To e3bk: That theme is the iVista Theme, I think.

I have one word for the new Crackberry Launcher - SWEEEEET!!

Love it, folks! Great Job!

Anonymous

What theme is that to the right on the bottom?

Anonymous

i love the CB site...amazing!

ps does anyone know the title of the first theme with the push pins?

TampaDude

It's called CorkBerry and it's available for free on here. There's a blog entry for it.

tmember

So to use this shortcut to the Forums "it" chooses our Theme and Wallpaper? Not so good if true.

Navan

LOVE being able to make the icon the colour I want, it looks so sharp!

namnam

How can i get the first theme? :(