We’re thrilled to be celebrating reaching Pokki’s most significant milestone to date - over a million monthly active users - with a major Pokki update, which includes:
- The introduction of the Apps Menu - A place to organize, launch, and keep up to date with your favorite apps.
- Major update to Notifications - Never miss out on what’s important with banner notifications, which slide in and out from the side of the desktop, and the Notification Center, a centralized place to see all your apps new notifications.
- Organize your taskbar the way you like it - Pin or unpin apps from the taskbar, and optionally hide badge notifications.
- More apps - Angry Birds, Pandora, Pinterest, Google Reader, Wunderlist, and feature rich Gmail are welcome additions to Instagrille and hundreds of other apps available for free in the App Store.
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The Apps Menu provides a centralized place to view all your installed apps, arrange them for quick launching, and easily view all your apps new notifications. The Apps Menu also provides free app recommendations with one-click install and access to the Apps Store for even more apps.
Opening the Apps Menu
To open the Apps Menu click the Apps Menu icon () in the Windows taskbar. The Apps Menu icon has a tooltip that reads “Apps” when you hover your mouse cursor over it.
In previous versions of Pokki there was no Apps Menu icon in the taskbar - instead in its place was the App Store icon (), which, when clicked, would launch the App Store. The App Store now behaves like other apps, and may be launched from My Apps and even pinned to the taskbar.
All your installed apps are displayed in My Apps. Here you can:
- Launch an app by clicking on its icon
- Arrange apps by clicking and dragging an apps' icon
- Configure an apps' notifications settings and app specific options by right clicking on the apps' icon
Popular Apps display popular free apps from the App Store. You can install an app at anytime by clicking on the “Install” button next to the app’s icon. Every day the apps displayed are refreshed. You can find more apps in the App Store which can be launched by clicking on the “Browse App Store” button or clicking on the App Store app icon in My Apps.
New Notifications display notifications from apps that went unseen or left for follow up at a later time. Notifications are grouped by the app that created them and are sorted from newest to oldest (top to bottom); clicking on a notification launches the app. You may also dismiss all notifications for an app by clicking on the X button to the right of the apps' name.
A welcome addition to the existing badge notifications, which appear over an apps' icon in the taskbar, are banner notifications. Banner notifications are small windows, containing relevant information about the notification, which appear momentarily after sliding in from the side of the desktop.
A white badge containing a number appears on the upper right of an apps' icon in the taskbar and in My Apps of the Apps Menu, and indicates the number of unseen items.
Banners slide in from the side of the desktop, appear momentary, and then slide out. They are designed to provide information about the event that has occurred, without interrupting you.
Clicking on the banner launches the associated app. You may dismiss a banner by moving the mouse cursor over the banner and clicking the “X” button. Banners which you don’t interact with are displayed in the Apps Menu, providing you a way to follow up with notifications at a later time, or catch up with notifications that you missed. You may open the Apps Menu by clicking the Apps Menu icon () in the Windows taskbar.
You may determine if badges and banners are displayed on a per app basis by right-clicking on the app’s icon in the taskbar or Apps Menu.
Leave the “Show banners” menu option checked to allow the app to display banners. Leave the “Show badges” menu option checked to allow the app to display a badge. You may also change the location where banners slide in and out from by right-clicking on the Apps Menu icon () in the Windows taskbar.
Select the “Notifications” sub-menu and check the corner of the desktop that anchor banners. You may also mute banners from all apps by leaving the “Hide all banners” menu option checked. This may be useful for times that require your full attention.
Banners which you don’t click on or dismiss are displayed in New Notifications of the Apps Menu, providing you a way to follow up with notifications at a later time, or catch up with notifications that you missed.
Similar to traditional desktop programs, apps also appear in the Windows taskbar, however they are separated into two groups.
Apps can be launched by clicking on their icon in the taskbar. When an app is running it includes a visual cue under it's icon. You can arrange apps in the taskbar by dragging an app's icon. The app may be positioned between the first and last apps already in the taskbar, however is limited to the Pokki space in the taskbar.
Open and minimized apps always appear in the taskbar, next to the Apps Menu icon (). You can pin an app to the taskbar, such that is remains in the taskbar when closed, by right clicking on the app's icon in the taskbar or in My Apps in the Apps Menu and leaving the "Pin to taskbar" menu option checked. To unpin an app from the taskbar simply leave the "Pin to taskbar" menu option unchecked.
You can arrange apps in the taskbar by dragging an app's icon. The app may be positioned between the first and last apps already in the taskbar.
In previous versions of Pokki the app development tools were enabled through the Start menu shortcut "Enable Dev Tools". This is replaced with a convenient Apps Menu menu item which is reached by right clicking the Apps Menu icon () in the taskbar, navigating to the "Tools" sub-menu, and selecting the "Add dev app..." menu option.