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Other app ideas based on WhenLast code
« on: February 11, 2015, 04:34:49 PM »
My WhenLast app was written so that the code could be re-used for other apps that have similar infrastructure/User-interface/workflow.  Underneath is a pretty flexible library.

So I'm open if people have other ideas that might make use of the code.. With the new sync features, anything that could benefit from multi-device sync would be a good candidate.

One idea i had recently was for a simple checklist/chore app, where you could toggle quickly between an ALL-ITEM view and a TODO view.  So you would switch to the ALL-ITEM view, select a set of chores or todo items to activate, and then switch to the TODO view, where you would see only the items you have selected.  As you (or any sync'd devices) complete each one, you would click it and it would disappear from the TODO view, until you get down to an empty list.  In the ALL-ITEM view you would see when each item was last accomplished (and possibly by which device/user).

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Re: Other app ideas based on WhenLast code
« Reply #1 on: March 02, 2015, 02:36:50 PM »
I still use a Palm T3... and what you're saying sounds a lot like Handy Shopper for the Palm, one of the applications I'd be lost without.  However, if you search for "Handy Shopper" in the Google Android store, you'll find several apps that claim to emulate it already.

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Re: Other app ideas based on WhenLast code
« Reply #2 on: March 04, 2015, 01:46:43 AM »
I have one wish, though it is probably not based on your WhenLast architecture:
I'm one of the rare species of users who switch off their smartphones during night, and sometimes also on daytime.
Additionally, some apps require a reboot to free up memory or really cut their network connection.

Therefore, the power-off-button of my old HTC smartphone was somewhat worn out, i.e. I sometimes needed several approaches to really get the phone off.
So, I searched for an app to shutdown/reboot the phone, but I didn't find any (at least, not for an un-rooted device).

Maybe, this is a challenge for you: providing a shutdown/reboot app which works on normal devices (not rooted).
I don't know, whether this is possible at all. It's just a wish.

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Re: Other app ideas based on WhenLast code
« Reply #3 on: March 04, 2015, 01:04:39 PM »
In the Play Store, there's an app called Real Reboot that claims not to need your phone to be rooted.  I haven't tried it, and apparently it doesn't work on all phones, but it gets moderately good reviews.

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Re: Other app ideas based on WhenLast code
« Reply #4 on: March 05, 2015, 01:58:31 PM »
@cyberdiva: thanks for that hint   :up:
However, it says "All Android Versions from 4.2.2 or higher need root!!!"
The old HTC only had 4.03, so it might have worked. But I have a new Phone now, and the HTC was sold.

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Re: Other app ideas based on WhenLast code
« Reply #5 on: March 06, 2015, 06:34:42 PM »
@Mattes57
How strange!  I would almost swear that that line in the description wasn't there when I looked.  I remember the first line, about root not being needed, and I remember the lines about which versions the app was tested with.  I recall wondering why there had been no testing on more recent versions.  Also, at least on my computer, the line about needing root for Android 4.2.2 and above looks as if it's in bold, while the rest is not.  So either I didn't notice the one line that appears in bold ( :-[) or it was very recently added, perhaps after some complaints.  Oh well....sorry it won't work. 

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Re: Other app ideas based on WhenLast code
« Reply #6 on: March 08, 2015, 04:46:44 PM »
Another wish probably not covered by WhenLast code: a decent cooking timer that allows you to save and recall named "scenarios," i.e. various times/titles for "put this veg on," "turn sausages," "put that veg on", "check pans," "Cooked!" etc., with a wide range of alarm sounds built in.  I use Big Clock, PocketDoan and Ramen on the Palm - sometimes all together...  I've seen plenty of Android timer apps, but none able to save a set of timers in a named group.

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Re: Other app ideas based on WhenLast code
« Reply #7 on: March 08, 2015, 04:50:38 PM »
rj, this sounds very close to an idea that dc member ewemoa and i have been talking about.. groups of sequenced timers..

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Re: Other app ideas based on WhenLast code
« Reply #8 on: March 09, 2015, 04:16:38 AM »
I'd love to have timer app that has "groups of sequenced timers" feature.  :-*
« Last Edit: March 09, 2015, 04:17:30 AM by erikts, Reason: grammar »

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Re: Other app ideas based on WhenLast code
« Reply #9 on: March 10, 2015, 02:56:39 AM »
I got an Android phone, finally. More on it and help required in another thread.

I was planning an Android app for the next NANY. It is similar to WhenLast, so Mouser may make it faster from his existing libraries.

When I do some job, say X, I save the date-time for the job, even gps if possible. After wards I should be able to get answers to following,
1. When I did job X ?
2. Did I do job X in this month/year ?
3. What jobs I did this month ?
4. What jobs I did at this location (gps) ?

I hope you got the point. One example I give is that in India ATM withdrawal from same bank is limited to 5 in a month and also from other bank ATM limited to 3. So this will help me to use separate bank ATM cards if I need more withdrawal in a month without paying fees.

Regards,

Anand

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Re: Other app ideas based on WhenLast code
« Reply #10 on: March 10, 2015, 05:16:12 PM »
When I do some job, say X, I save the date-time for the job, even gps if possible. After wards I should be able to get answers to following,
1. When I did job X ?
2. Did I do job X in this month/year ?
3. What jobs I did this month ?
4. What jobs I did at this location (gps) ?
You might investigate the abandoned program Inserty, which automates some aspects of text entry.  I'm relatively new to Android myself - I only know about this one from one of the other DC threads  on Android, which would be worth reviewing, notably What Android Apps Do You Use?, itself a response to Android apps micro reviews.

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Re: Other app ideas based on WhenLast code
« Reply #11 on: September 20, 2016, 05:35:06 AM »
Looking at this thread for the first time as a result of following a link in the newsletter.

So When Last looks good, but I'm not necessarily always very good at inferring the underlying architecture of a program from my experience of it. So I'm going to say the first thing that came into my mind for a database-type Android app: something like CHS.

Having said which, I have no need of the "S". :) But I properly dislike the Android clipboard and I miss the history that CHS gives me on every PC I use. A configurable and searchable database of textual clipboard history would be good, particularly if it allowed editing of entries and similar scripted transformations to those offered by CHS.

I've looked at clipboard managers for Android before and generally found nothing better than disillusionment. :)
-- bests, Tim

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Re: Other app ideas based on WhenLast code
« Reply #12 on: October 07, 2016, 08:55:15 PM »
So one idea that could be incorporated into my framework is the idea of a central website file that was automatically downloaded by the app.
So that for example someone who had a website could update a database and it would be promulgated to all people who had the app installed..