Download-assistant for Extras-applications

After a complete renewal of the UI, which is designed by Andrew Zhilin (wazd), and a lot of improvements in the communication with the servers, which could be implemented with the help of Henri Bergius, now the first version of the appdownloader is available in extras-devel (NOTE: Please be aware that this is just a first preview). If you want to avoid the activation of the extras-devel repository, please wait a bit until the software is stable enough and available in extras-testing. There are still some UI components missing, but it should give a general idea, about the look and feel of the application. At the moment the application includes,

  • listing applications by category, rating, number of downloads and date
  • search for applications
  • get a detailed description
  • launch the installation-process for an application
  • read the comments

Besides some missing icons, there are still some known issues:

  • Login and commenting not possible yet
  • slow scrolling in the comments view
  • no feedback at network error & if no items were found (e.g. search)
  • details view is not correct, if some screenshots are missing from the list

Your feedback is welcome, and if anybody wants to help, please let me know. Further details about the implementation you will find in the wiki. Bugs can be posted here. Again a big thanks to Andrew and Henri for their support and now some screenshots:

List of applications

Application details

List of comments


10 Responses to “Download-assistant for Extras-applications”

  1. 1 shakal January 27, 2010 at 5:21 pm

    Great Job!

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  2. 2 egoshin January 27, 2010 at 7:50 pm

    Is it possible to configure it for another repositories?

  3. 5 Mr Green January 28, 2010 at 9:56 am

    Excellent job! How can I help?

    • 6 danielwilms January 28, 2010 at 1:19 pm


      you can ping me on the #maemo irc channel or write a mail daniel.wilms[at]nokia[dot]com. It depends on, what you want to do. One idea would be a desktop widget, using the library or helping on an extension for bugzilla. But this we can discuss better in irc or gtalk.


  4. 7 Chris P January 28, 2010 at 7:13 pm

    whilst it looks great.. it does seem to take quite a while a) to load up and then b) for the images to load up. Personally I found the initial wait quite annoying. Then the images started loading up – there is no way I would wait so long for the images to load up, rendering the images pretty but a bit pointless. Can you get the loading to be less of an issue.

    I like the current application manager theme/icons – can we keep them! :p
    Good work guys..

    • 8 danielwilms January 29, 2010 at 8:54 am


      do you mean with a) the start-up time of the application itself or to get the list of apps? After the main features are in place I will optimise the back-end further, which will effect hopefully the loading time. But which connection did you use for testing?

      Thanks a lot for the feedback.


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