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Swiss Manager S60 User Guide

Product referenced: Swiss Manager S60 3.50
Document version:  3.50
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Swiss Manager is a composite system utility for Symbian smartphones. It provides task manager, system information and file manager services, giving you more access to and more knowledge about your phone. Swiss Manager can be considered as an essential addition to your Symbian phone.


Swiss Manager can be installed and executed on all smartphones running on Symbian 9.x, with Series 60 (S60) 3rd or 5th edition, both touch- and non-touch-screen. Compatible handsets are manufactured by Nokia, Samsung, LG, and Sony Ericsson.


The distribution package can be installed directly by using the PC install program, or after uploading the .sisx file to the phone. Refer to your phone's User Guide for details on installing.

Swiss Manager on N86     Swiss Manager on N97

Swiss Manager on E90


Note: Throughout this document "click" means selecting a list item by touching the screen (or by moving with the navigations keys), and then confirming the selection by touching the same item again (or by pressing the Confirm/Enter key).

Swiss Manager has three separate view pages, each representing one of its three distinct ranges of functions: the Programs, the System and the Files view. You can switch between the views by tapping their respective tab on the screen, or by the left/right arrow keys.

Each view displays a list of related items. The views are organized as hierarchical lists. Items in the top-level list represent topics that can be entered. To navigate downwards in the hierarchy, select and click on a list item. To go upwards, press the Back button.

Operating the program consists of selecting an item and then issuing the desired command. The Options menu contains all commands specific to the currently displayed view.

On S60 5.x phones (typically with a touch-screen) a toolbar is displayed near the bottom of the screen, with three buttons:
  • The Function button provides fast access to the most frequently used commands.
  • The Info button displays additional information about the selected item.
  • The third button's function depends on the currently displayed view.

    On phones operated by buttons the most important commands are assigned to keypresses for fast access. The key assignments are shown in the Options menu, indicated within square brackets, for each command.

  • Status icon

    Swiss Manager features a Status icon that floats over other windows and is always visible on the screen.

    Status icon    Status icon    Status icon    Status icon

    The lower part of the icon displays the current time. The upper part has two overlapping horizontal indicators: memory usage is shown in the background, and CPU usage is shown in the foreground. The right hand side of the icon has two vertical indicators for C: drive free space and battery level, respectively.

    The color of the indicators changes when a critical value is reached that may require attention. The icon's appearance and contents can be changed in Settings/Icon.

    The icon can be moved to any screen location by dragging it with the stylus (on touch-screen phones), or using the navigation keys (on non-touch phones).

    The icon lets you perform various actions by touching it:
  • Short tap: bring up the Task menu.
  • Long tap: perform an action that you can select in Settings/General.

  • Task menu

    The Task menu is activated by tapping on the Status icon (obviously a touch-screen is required for doing this). The menu provides instant access to the most important functions, even when Swiss Manager is in the background.

    Task menu - Cleanup    Task menu - Favorites    Task menu - Tools

    The Task menu has the following sections, from top to the bottom:

  • Cleanup: Increase available memory by exiting programs. The range of the operation depends on the selected command.

  • Favorites: Displays a list of selected applications that you can configure.

  • Recent: Displays a list of frequently used programs that are currently not running.

  • Running: Displays a list of applications that are active in memory.

  • Tools: Contains commands for icon configuration, status report, and various other tasks.

  • [Date]: Switches to the main view of Swiss Manager when it is in the background, or places it in the background if it is currently in foreground.

  • Programs view

    The Programs view lists running and installed applications, arranged in several topics:

  • Running programs: Ordinary applications (also called Tasks) that can be switched to or closed by the End command.
  • Additional running: Further running programs that are not normally presented to the user.
  • Applications: Sorted lists of all applications that are available on the device.
  • Favorites: A configurable list of selected programss.
  • Recent: Automatically generated list of the most frequently used applications.
  • Program counters: Numbers of various kinds of programs and their components.

  • Programs view    Programs view - Functions    Programs view - Menu

    The base memory usage of running programs is shown in Kilobytes at the right side of the screen. Note that the values shown do not represent the total memory consumption by the programs.

    The following symbols may be displayed next to the application names:
    * - System application which is not to be closed under normal circumstances.
    # - A task that has been excluded from the End all command.
    ¤ - An application over which the Status icon is set to be automatically hidden.

    Clicking on a program's name results in bringing it to foreground (if it was already running), or launching (if it was not yet running).

    Commands available in Programs view (either on button bar or menu) are the following:

  • Information: Bring up the Program information dialog, displaying detailed information and settings for the selected task (see also below).

  • End: Request the selected (or all marked) application to be shut down. Programs that are essential for the phone's normal operation can not be exited.

  • End all: Extend the End command to all running programs. Use this option when you do not work with the currently running applications any more and want to release all memory used by them.

  • Reclaim memory: Release as much memory as possible, by exiting programs. The strength of the release can be adjusted in Settings/Cleanup. Note that memory reclaim does not obey the exclusions that you set in the Program information dialog.

  • Favorites/Invoke: Display the list of Favorites for launching one of them.

  • Favorites/Backup: Save the current Favorites list to the memory card.

  • Favorites/Restore: Replace the current Favorites list with a backup saved earlier.

  • Favorites/Reset: Set the Favorites back to a default list.

  • System view

    The System view provides an unprecedented amount of information on phone characteristics. Information is arranged in topics that can be entered by clicking them. Within a topic, click on any displayed item to bring up a dialog that shows the respective item's text in full.

    System view    System view    System view

    Commands available in System view are the following:

  • Status: Display summary information on memory, drive, battery and time. This command is also available by using the right toolbar button on touch-screen phones.

  • Hide icon: Make the Status icon temporarily invisible.

  • Switch icon text: Display alternate text on the Status icon (either current time or free memory).

  • Move icon: Make the icon movable by using the navigation keys. To stop moving the icon, press any other key. This command is only available in non-touch phones.

  • Restart phone: Reboot the device, after a confirmation dialog is presented.

  • Calibrate: Adjust the touch-screen.

    Note that several of the above commands are also available on the Task menu, so that they can be accessed at any time, when Swiss Manager is in the background.

  • Files view

    The Files view lets you navigate the file system of the phone. The size of files is indicated on the right side of the screen, in bytes (or Mega/Kilobytes, depending on their magnitude).

    To enter a displayed folder, click its name on the list. To go one level up in the directory hierarchy, press the Back (right) soft-key. To invoke the associated viewer application for a file, click its name on the list.

    Files view    Files view - Functions    Files view - Menu

    Commands available in Files view (either on button bar or menu) are the following:

  • Information: Bring up the File/Folder information dialog (see below) that displays details about the selected file or folder.

  • Cut: Prepare the selected or marked files and/or folders for moving to another location.

  • Copy: Prepare the selected or marked files and/or folders for copying to another location.

  • Paste: Execute the last Cut or Copy command, that results in copying or moving files and/or folders to the currently displayed folder.

  • Delete: Permanently remove the selected or marked files and/or folders.

  • Rename: Bring up the Information dialog with the Name field open for editing.

  • New folder: Create a new subfolder in the currently displayed folder.

  • Send: Send the selected file(s) via E-mail, MMS, Bluetooth or IR.

  • Select drive: Change the drive whose contents is displayed in the view. This command is also available by using the right toolbar button on touch-screen phones.

  • Sort by: Select the ordering of files. Directory sorting is only possible by name.

  • Task information dialog

    This dialog is accessed by issuing the Information command when the Programs view is displayed.

    Task information - Manage    Task information - Information

    The Manage tab allows setting the following options for the selected program:

  • Include in End all: Toggle the participation of the selected task in the End all tasks command. Exclude those tasks that you want to keep running when a manual or automatic End all tasks command is issued. Note that the Reclaim memory command does not obey these exclusions. In addition, exclusions set in Swiss Manager can not protect programs from being closed by the operating system.

  • Hide icon over: When this option is checked, Swiss Manager hides the Status icon automatically whenever you bring the selected application to the foreground. Hiding the icon may be useful if you experience a conflict when the icon is displayed a certain program. The icon will be visible again as soon as you switch to another application.

  • Favorite: Include the application in the list of Favorites, for easy access from the Task menu.

    The Information tab displays technical information for the selected program, which may be useful for analytical purposes. Click on any displayed item to bring up an additional dialog that shows the respective item text in full.

  • File/Folder information dialog

    This dialog is accessed by issuing the Information command when the Files view is displayed. It shows detailed information about the selected file or folder.

    File information - Properties    File information - Drive

    To rename the displayed item, change the contents of the Name field.

    To adjust time, change the Date and/or Time field's contents.

    To set attributes, click on the Attributes field.

    For drive information, switch to the Drive tab.

    To accept changes, press the Back button.

    Settings - General

    Use the provided options to fine-tune the behavior of Swiss Manager.

  • Zoom: Adjust the font size and line density of the list views.

  • Confirmations: Turn the option on to display warning messages before executing potentially harmful actions, like deleting files.

  • System application: When this option is on, Swiss Manager will keep on running even when the operating system closes several or all programs to make more free memory available. In this case, however, Swiss Manager will not be listed by the built-in Task manager, accessed by long-pressing the Menu key.

  • Action on icon long tap: Select an action to execute when the Status icon is touched for about a second. This option is available on touch-phones only.

  • Settings - General

    Settings - Cleanup

    Use the provided options to set the behavior of the task manager.

  • Cleanup when started: Turn the option on to perform the End all tasks command upon starting up Swiss Manager.

  • Cleanup when idle: Set the idle time in minutes after which an automatic End all command will be issued. Set the time to zero if this service is not required. Idle cleanup is performed when the phone is inactive for the set time period. See also the next option.

  • ...with any foreground app: Enable the option to execute idle-time cleanup when any application is in the foreground. If the option is off, idle cleanup is only done when the Standby application is in the foreground.

  • Memory reclaim: Use the option to set the algorithm for the Reclaim memory command.
    - Mild issues a command to the operating system to compress memory.
    - Strong closes most or all running programs.
    - Extreme simulates low memory conditions, resulting in maximum amount of available RAM.
  • Settings - Cleanup

    Settings - Icon

    Use the provided options to change the appearance of the Status icon. The icon immediately follows your settings, so you can easily check the result.

  • Format: Select one of the available icon types. Most icon formats are movable by dragging (or by navigation keys, when a touch-screen is not available). The Fixed icon snaps to the middle of the bottom of screen, and can not be moved.

  • Size: Select the desired size of the icon.

  • Text: Select the type of information to be shown by the textual part of the status icon.

  • Transparent: Check the option if you want the icon to let the background visible. This option is not available for the Fixed icon format, which applies special transparency handling.

  • Indicators: Select the indicators you want to display above the icon's text area.

  • Color: Bring up another dialog that lets you pick a color for various parts of the icon.
  • Settings - Icon

    Settings - File

    Use the provided options to set the behavior of the file manager.

  • Show ROM drives: Enable the option to have access to read-only drives that contain system components.

  • Show system folders: Turn the option on to display folders whose contents is hidden by the operating system.

  • Show hidden files: Enable the option to list system and hidden files.

  • Full icon display: Turn the option on to always display specific icons according to file type. This option may slow down refreshing the file list when many files are present in the current folder.
  • Settings - File

    We at CellPhoneSoft hope you enjoy using Swiss Manager, and find it useful in making your smartphone a more pleasant experience. Thank you for using our product!