Like, how a lot of application shortcuts let you link a particular shortcut within the application on the shortcut - like how the Dropbox Android application allows you to set shortcuts to particular Dropbox folders on the desktop.

I use ezPDF and I can set individual bookmarks within the application, but I'd also like those to be available on the desktop if at all possible.

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Technical answer: Yes.
Practical answer: It's hard.

You'll need:

"Manual intent shortcuts" app to add really custom shortcuts on the desktop ( https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=net.cwfk.ig88.intents ).
Plus: Knowledge how to generate a specific intent that does exactly what you want to do (install above app and see what information it wants, you have to know exactly what to do).

PS: I had a look at ezPDF and it seems to allow to launch a specific .pdf file by an intent at a given page, so your problem is solvable, but requires deep knowledge of ezPDF and Android's intent subsystem (intent extra data: path, page).

EDIT: Sample for ezPDF, alas jumping to the page doesn't work, but the correct file is opened

Shortcut Name: test
Action: android.intent.action.VIEW
URI: file:///sdcard/test.pdf
Component Package: udk.android.reader
Component Class (FQDN): udk.android.reader.PDFReaderActivity
Extra Key: page
Extra Value: 14
[ ] Broadcast

Regarding how to get those values:

Use a file browser to open the 'test.pdf' file you want to open by the shortcut later.

adb logcat -d | grep -i ‘test.pdf’
You should see some line like this:
I/ActivityManager( 123): Starting activity: Intent { act=android.intent.action.VIEW dat=file:///sdcard/test.pdf typ=text/plain cmp=udk.android.reader/.PDFReaderActivity }

Manual launch via adb:
adb shell am start -a android.intent.action.VIEW -n udk.android.reader/.PDFReaderActivity -d file:///mnt/sdcard/Books/Effective.Java_2.Ed_2008.pdf -ef page 2

  • Oh wow - thanks so much for the answer! Do you know how hard it would be, and how deep my knowledge has to be to use intent? Jun 13, 2012 at 0:47
  • To know the extra data: Ask the developer of the app best.
    – ce4
    Jun 13, 2012 at 19:44

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