Even though I have 7 home screens on my EVO 4G, I still sometimes find myself cramped for space. I have a whole bunch of apps and shortcuts that I would like to have instant access to. Enter Multicon.
The function of Multicon is to make widgets that pack in a number of downsized icons in the space that would normally be occupied by only single ones. This enables you to pack a large number of app shortcuts onto a home screen that only fits 16 by default (on most handsets).
Multicon is especially useful for devices with larger screens, such as the 4.3" EVO 4G, Droid X and the 5" Dell Streak because it's much easier to click on icons several times smaller in size on those devices than on ones with smaller screens.
Now let's cover the basics.
The BasicsThe app itself is used just like any other widget. Install it from the market and long-press on a blank section of your home screen. Right off the bat, you are presented with some options to configure your widget:
Since Multicon doesn't display application titles, you need to make sure you know what your apps' icons look like. For example the Mail icon looks very similar to the SMS icon, so it would be wise to place them on the opposite sides of the home screen or quickly learn their exact positions.
For my setup, I didn't have 36 icons that I needed in the place of 4, so I went with 2 columns and 6 rows. Doing this allowed my icons to be a bit larger, which I like. My final setup ended up looking like this:
ConclusionThis app is extremely handy. With my 7 home screens, I have the potential to allocate a grand total of 1008 shortcuts (even more if you pack 3x12 mini-icons into smaller sized widgets - in which case you'll need a microscope).
Multicon is extremely versatile and useful to people like me who have a lot of apps and want them accessible with one click. If you, too, are constantly fighting for real estate on your home screens, this app is a gift from above.