QuickLaunch Version 2.0 Now Available for the Storm

By Kevin Michaluk on 27 May 2009 09:35 am EDT

Since its debut here on the CrackBerry blogs, QuickLaunch has become one of the must-have applications for many BlackBerry users, especially Storm owners. Originally launching for the Storm and now available for other BlackBerry device models, QuickLaunch has been a staple on the CrackBerry App Store's Best Sellers list (check out our CrackBerry Review here) thanks to its ease of use and ability to speed up the BlackBerry experience.

With QuickLaunch version 2.0, this already solid shortcuts app has taken a step ahead in form and functionality. You'll want to watch the video above or jump over to the product description page for the full run-through of what's new. 2.0 is only available for the Storm right now, but other device versions will get 2.0 love soon. You can pick it up for $4.99 from the link below. Change log and pricing info for existing customers below.

QuickLaunch Version 2.0 for the BlackBerry Storm

Here are the new features:

  • Backup / Restore to .txt file -No more lost menu configurations when upgrading your OS. The Menu List, Options and Activation Code can now be stored in a .txt on your SDCard and easily and reliably restored. Use this function for backup as QuickLaunch no longer 'supports' backup / restore via Desktop Manager.
  • Built-in Screen Capture function - QuickLaunch now includes it's own screen capture capability generating a high quality image. After the image is taken you have the option of immediately emailing it.
  • Integrated Google, Wikipedia and Dictionary.com search - Performing these searches are now quicker using QuickLaunch.
  • Create Custom Submenus - Now you can organize your list in categories. You can even have submenus within submenus.
  • More apps and functions to Add - In addition to the greater number of applications now supported by QL 2.0 there are now more 'standard' QL functions that you can add including: New Appointment, Compose Email, Compose PIN, Compose SMS, New Contact, and New Task.
  • Display Current Temperature - You can now display your local temperature (or just about any other city in the world) and Hi/Lo forecast information in the title bar. QuickLaunch does not run in the background and the weather information is retrieved only when you run QL. 2.0 weather was tested in 4 European countries, 2 asian countries, Australia, South Africa and the U.S and worked with all networks tested. However it is possible that someone might have a network configuration that is not immediately supported. If this is the case, find your carrier's APN (Access Point Name) via google or directly from your carrier and enter that information in home, options, advanced, tcp/ip. That should take care of almost all networks in the world. If you can't display weather after that, send me an email and I will determine your settings and get you set up.
  • Yahoo Weather - This item is in the Add Application section and when selected will display weather info obtained from yahoo weather in your browser according your location setting in QL Options.
  • Add Items Alphabetically - Enable this option to add menu items in alphabetical order
  • Easier Setup with Installed Applications List - To add an app no longer requires you to first have the app running. Just pick from the list
  • Volume Button Scrolling - You can now set the volume buttons to enable item by item scrolling up/down or page up/down. This is a great feature as you can now quickly navigate and launch items without touching the screen. It's kind of fun too.
  • 3 Font sizes - Small, medium and large
  • System Menu Integration - This option will allow you to add QL to the BlackBerry system menu a la 'CaptureIt'. An added bonus of this feature is that now QL can be run on top of some apps that it previously wasn't able to in the past such as Opera Mini.
  • Improved Performance - Yes, it launches items noticeably faster than before.
  • Compatible with OS .141, .148 ...and other future OS release with the flicker issue.

Price Info:

  • First Time Buyers: $4.99
  • Previous owners who've purchased on or after April 1st: Free Upgrade
  • Previous owners who've purchased before April 1st: $1.99

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Reader comments

QuickLaunch Version 2.0 Now Available for the Storm


Will there be an upgrade for those currently running an older version without purchasing it for $5?

Price Info:

* First Time Buyers: $4.99
* Previous owners who've purchased on or after April 1st: Free Upgrade
* Previous owners who've purchased before April 1st: $1.99

Just upgraded to Version 2.0, it is awesome! Did not mind paying an additional $1.99 for the upgrade, well worth the money. Love all the new features and the fact that it now backs the files so that it does not have to be reconfigured every time you do an update. By far, one of the most useful apps on my phone.

Very good upgrade. Definitely a must-have app, IMO.

On pricing: it's $4.99 for new buyers, $1.99 for people who purchased the app before April 1, and free for those who purchased the app after April 1.

When I try and upgrade and send the link to my device either by Text or by E-mail I get an error message telling me that "the download url has been truncated or full version is not available"

Has anyone else seen this? How do I download the upgrade?

I purchased the app on April 30th and when I signed in to upgrade it says $1.99 to buy. Any thoughts?

Got mine May 6th, I downloaded 2.0 successfully from the CB app store on my Storm, but no activation code was given, I also tried using the activation code from 1.4 still doesnt work...

Thanks DD1968 for the info

Log into the app store via the web. Click on change PIN. Insert your PIN even though it was already correct. It will generate a new Activation code.

You have to sign in with your account and look at the QL version you bought, It should say check upgrade pricing, then give you a download link based on what you have to pay

I can't seem to add any apps to version 2.0. I opened the applications and then went to quicklaunch and add item. When I click applications it does nothing. Anyone else see this?

There is an error affecting some people in this way, and developer CheetahAce has identified the problem and is creating a fix.

Did he say "sims" when reading "SMS"? Does anyone else say it like that?

On topic: I've never really seen how this program is convenient but people seem to swear by it. I guess I just have to try it out.

I basically have everything I need accessible from my convenience keys, plus 13 icons on the home screen and a few nifty hidden launch icons (Blackberry Pro v3 theme with 8 icons allows this with a very minimal presence).

It's rare that I even need to pull up the rest of the menu. I suppose it would stop me from having to have my applications folder in the bottom right hand corner and then scrolling to the app that I want...

How do you guys that have this use it?

80% of that demo was showing us stuff the Storm already has. Are we supposed to be amazed that it (as an app) can be assigned to a convenience key?

Underwhelming since it doesn't really do anything itself. One can just as well set more rows of icons on the home screen and order them by frequency of use.

I have my QuickLaunch programmed to call my girlfriend with one click, and text her with another. That is not a native feature. I also have one-touch screen shot capability, memory cleaning, etc. It's a shortcut application, the intended purpose isn't really to add any new functions to the device (though as mentioned with screen shots, it does anyway).

It takes 4-7 days for App World's approval process to play out, at which point it will be available there.

How long will that take? All of my shortcuts are apps. Is this another case where it only works on upgraded OSs?

Just downloaded QL 2.0 and has improved the launching of all the apps. Question about the weather. How do you add your location?

Make sure you guys delete the prior QL version before installing the new one, and that you set the permissions prior to installation to allow all. That should fix it. I'm running QL with 148/5 hybrid with no problems.

ummm...wth is going on...i went to the mobihand store and they said I'm eligible for the upgrade but it's $1.99 and I bought it on May 5th...according to this it should be free...

any ideas?

Silly me, just had to go in thru the user pannel and keep logging in, for some reason it kept logging me out...weird how I entered my email address and password and it still said $1.99 but when I just did it, for the 5th time, it managed to work, go figure (it's crackberry magic)

I just upgraded, and cannot add application. I know its already been posted, but where do you think they will post the fix. I am desperate, I am having to unhide things that I have hidden because I am dependent on QuickLaunch.

so am I the only noob that cannot figure out how to upgrade to 2.0? Love the 1st version— but can't figure out how to upgrade?

How did he get the menu to show up full screen on his Storm like that. and as already mentioned i cannot add any applications either! :(

Maturing along with the STORM ... very nice, worth the price!

So much easier to use than previously ...

If you look in the forums, it says its not going to be addressed until the next version. I guess that means we are waiting on 2.1 which is a load of crap since we paid for a working product. If it has been in beta why was it released if this was a known issue.

This was discovered by the users earlier today, and there are at least 3 posts up above that say a fix for this issue is on the way.

If you look at your bought items in the Crackberry Store you will see that version 2.01 is now out. I put it on my Storm and everything works! :-D

Do I need to remove the old version before installing the new one?

I'm still getting the same error while trying to install 2.01 that I was getting trying to install 2.0

well the release is finally here and I cant get it'
I purchased version 1.4 on March 1,09 from Handango and they:
1. They don't even have the app listed any longer, I try to search there search engine or QuickLaunch, Quick Launch,and it returns 0, nothing.
2. When I try to re-download my purchase in a hope that there system with either send version 2.0, or it will ask for 1.99.


Not even a free trial NOTHING!

Their system sends me a text message, but its version 1.5.


CheetahAce this is your app you have the authority to ask them (if you care) what they are doing with your customer base.

I have generated a support request but knowing them from previous experiences it wont be addressed for 5 days minimum.

Any support??
Please advise

I'm new to purchasing through crackberry, and can't find where on the site the list of items you bought from crackberry is listed. From previous posts, it would appear that getting to this list is the only way to get the upgrade pricing.

Little help for a noob? Thx.

Sorry, I should have been more detailed about where to find it. When you first go in to Crackberry.com, choose the “App Store” tab. Under that tab, click on “Login w/ your Account”. After you log in, your account usually opens right to the “My Apps” tab. There is where you should find your app to download.

Hope this helps! :-)

Sorry, I should have been more detailed about where to find it. When you first go in to Crackberry.com, choose the “App Store” tab. Under that tab, click on “Login w/ your Account”. After you log in, your account usually opens right to the “My Apps” tab. There is where you should find your app to download.

Hope this helps! :-)

Ah, I was confused; since I had already logged in using my username (cletis), I did not expect that the app store would use a separate authentication database than these comments. I'm in now; thanks again!

just attempted to upgrade from version 1.5 to 2.0 and receive error 907 invalid COD. anyone's help or seen this before? version (platform

version 2.0 unable to complete download
By: nh3 | Date: Thu, 05/28/2009 - 12:54 |

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just attempted to upgrade from version 1.5 to 2.0 and receive error 907 invalid COD. anyone's help or seen this before? version (platform

A. Had to remove previous version 1.5 prior to upgrading to version 2.1. hope this helps someone else as well.

The latest update, 2.O, has already revised a fine, convenient application into an outstanding one. I am very impressed with the improvements.

Most notible for me, is the sub-menu provision. I can Isolate device fields for only the time when needed. Less scrolling and faster response time to locate and initiate my short cuts.

In summary, of the more than 50 Apps I have downloaded to my Storm, QuickLaunch has "be-friended me" the most. It's usefullness is profound.

I received an email about the upgrade and downloaded it. I got my confirming email with the activation code in it, but when I use it I got an invalid Activation Code message. What's the deal???