ReLaunchX - file manager and launcher for e-Ink
#1  plusz 03-10-2017, 03:15 PM
ReLaunchX is a fully open source monochrome file manager/book manager designed for e-ink. It can be used as an Android launcher too.

ReLaunchX source is on GitHub. Builds are provided automatically (based on tag ReLaunchX_%version) by F-Droid though the best way is to download AndroidStudio and build the app yourself. Remeber that it has one submodule (see git submodule init, update, etc.).

App changelog is at the bottom of README on GitHub.

The story

I have found ReLaunch on F-Droid once I bought Onyx Max but it had compatibility issues. Nonetheless the design appeared to me more professional than the Onyx launcher so I decided to get my hands on it and quickly fix the bugs instead of spending weeks on developing something from scratch. I rebranded the fork since I have no way to test it on other devices and I thought of sharing it back on F-Droid. ReLaunchX was born
ReLaunchX 1.0.0 = ReLaunch 1.3.8

I mainly fixed bugs in the original app and did some little improvements so far. The app should be compatible with all devices where ReLaunch worked well. I'm happy using it as it is and from time to time I contribute a little to it when I have the time but I don't have any serious development plans for it.

Recently, the original ReLaunch was dropped from F-Droid as it was not maintained since 2006.


EDIT: Attaching latest build since F-Droid has some infrastructure issues and did not rebuild the app for a long time. I'm not going to keep the attachment up-to-date. You should always check F-Droid first for the latest version.
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#2  JS_F 03-11-2017, 08:47 AM
Hey I really appreciate your idea and hardwork. Will the ReLaunchX works with other devices like Netronix 13.3? Also, could you please post a link of your project?

#3  Pajamaman 03-11-2017, 09:18 AM
I think Relaunch was developed for the Nook ST on the XDA developer forum. I've been using it on a rooted Nook ST for years. It's extremely stable. The only fault is that it doesn't organize files by date. It's also odd that one cannot access the Relaunch config options except via the menu button on Button Saviour! In any case, it's an excellent option and the best user-interface I've found for Android e-ink (it is designed for e-ink, I believe).

edit: this is the XDA development thread for reference.

#4  Pajamaman 03-11-2017, 09:25 AM
Hmmm. Tell a lie. I think it was originally developed on the Russian site


But it was originally for the Nook ST.

#5  JS_F 03-11-2017, 11:07 PM
Another question: what version of Relaunch does RelaunchX base on? 1.4.4, 1.4.0, or the older one?

#6  plusz 03-13-2017, 05:41 PM
Hello, sorry I've been quite busy recently...

My repo is here

I have forked the code from the original git repo, ReLaunch version 1.3.8, though I have found about the Russian development and I have downloaded a software package zip named 1.4.4 from the Russian forum. I will soon compare it to my code and include whatever is useful from the off-github development fork.

The project was nice and quite stable out of the box so that's why I decided to just base on it and just fit&finish.

It should work well on Good-E-reader 13 as well but it will display the initial warning until I add the device to known devices.

Things fixed or changed so far:
- fixed crash on OS advanced settings window: sometimes reading the filesytem volume details got stuck or took a long time so Android flashed the window and killed the app
- fixed Android Status bar flip-flop: if you prefer to have the android status bar always visible there was a setting already available for that but it was broken on Android API 14 and newer - so on Boox Max the Android status bar disappeared every time I switched back from PDF.
- added few more file manager sorting options: sort by file extension, sort by modification date (I have to test it yet as it turned out all my PDF files were copied at once so sorting by date had no sensible effect)

Things to do:
- nice to have: modernize the project structure to use dedicated screen layouts for 13", definitely the OS related advanced settings window asks for dedicated design
- test the sort by date option...
- provide progress bar and fix file management operations (copy): when I have copied bigger file the popup about unresponsive app appeared but clicking "wait" let the app succeed eventually
- read how-to about publishing the apk on F-droid or elsewhere

PS. I didn't know about the xda thread. The original git repo was touched last time 6 years ago and the TODO file contain the message - sorry I left the project...

#7  plusz 03-13-2017, 06:09 PM
Quote Pajamaman
Hmmm. Tell a lie. I think it was originally developed on the Russian site


But it was originally for the Nook ST.
If you look at the xda thread you will notice straight away that last time it was lead by Haron who's link point to a profile on the Russian web site, no much details about him though...

Latest screen shots are quite interesting - the FTP and dropbox support is already there. I definitely must review the code and add whatever good is there to my github. It is sad that the Russian fellows kept the development outside of any version control. It would be much easier to compare the change log instead of the whole source tree at once. Good that they shared it anyway.

#8  plusz 03-13-2017, 06:46 PM
I added the latest standalone source package on a separate branch

#9  ericooo 03-15-2017, 10:05 AM
Quote plusz
I added the latest standalone source package on a separate branch
Thanks for restarting the project.
where to find the apk?

#10  Pajamaman 03-15-2017, 11:21 AM
Quote plusz
I added the latest standalone source package on a separate branch
What did you do to it?

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