I, for one, find a torch to be a very convenient utility as many a time you find yourself groping for the light switch while in a dark room, searching for your keys on the bedside table or even trying to read the menu in a dark restaurant. The possibilities are endless! TM from The Series 60 Weblog has developed this wonderful freeware for our S60 v3 phones! It is comprises of both a screen light and a LED strobe light.
The ScreenTorch utility works by displaying a white background in fullscreen mode whilst leaving the backlight on. You can use it as a torch or simply to keep the screen bright and well-lit even if you are not pressing any buttons. It can easily be turned off anytime by pressing the Right Softkey.
The second part of the application StrobeLight Pro functions by producing regular flashes of light. While it isn’t like your regular LED flashlight, it still is, in my opinion, quite a useful feature to have on your phone, plus the lighting effects are very interesting too.
– An Actual First-of-its-kind Strobe Light
– High Intensity LED Illumination
– Current Status Notification (via pop-up interface)
– Instantaneous Launch
– One-Tap Exit (via right softkey)
– Compatibility with MOST S60 3rd Edition Devices (N73, N80, N95 and more)
For a quick startup, the author recommends keeping Python in the list of Active Standby apps available on your device for quick retrieval. In order to do that, go to Tools > Settings > Phone > Standby Mode > Active Standby Apps from the Menu and make the necessary changes! Head over to the post for screenshots and more.
Note that you need to have Python installed on your phone first. In case you’re not familiar with that, follow the steps given below in the order listed:
– Install the Python for S60 interpreter application (PythonForS60_1_4_0_3rdEd.sis) on your phone.
– Install the script shell (PythonScriptShell_1_4_0_3rdEd.sis).
– Install the Miso Module for Python (miso-1.92-s60_3rd_self.sisx).
– Send any of the included python scripts (*.py) to e:\Python.
– Next, run Python from the Menu and select the script you want to run.
P.S. – Please use this script entirely at your own risk. While LEDs have a remarkable service life, they do tend to get hot and adequate heat-sinking is essential. So remember not to close the camera lens cover immediately after extended use!
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