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plusTimer - Open Source Android Timer with TNoodle Scrambles

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That'll definitely be added in the future.



Ah OK. Yes, they do take quite a while. My plan is to include a random move scrambler for all of the puzzles.

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School projects have been holding me back a bit, so updates might be a bit slow from now to middle of May. Thanks for everyone's support!

v0.0.4 is released with support for penalty. Touch any solve in the list at the bottom, and you will be able to select the penalty in a drop-down menu.
As always, the link to the GitHub releases page is in the first post.
Any idea when the next update will be out?
 
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Sorry for the lack of updates, I'm back! School's over, graduation ceremony tomorrow :)

Anyway, v0.0.5 is released. Mostly minor changes in preparation for session saving (navigation drawer, session details tab). There are, however, a few new features: timestamp and scramble were added to solve dialogs and a reset button was added to the new session details tab. As always, full changelog and download is at the GitHub releases page (link in first post).

I'm hoping to add a ton of stuff during summer (well, useful stuff that doesn't clutter the UI), and also thinking about putting it onto Google Play sometime soon, now that I think the app has most of the essential features.
 

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Sorry for the lack of updates, I'm back! School's over, graduation ceremony tomorrow :)

Anyway, v0.0.5 is released. Mostly minor changes in preparation for session saving (navigation drawer, session details tab). There are, however, a few new features: timestamp and scramble were added to solve dialogs and a reset button was added to the new session details tab. As always, full changelog and download is at the GitHub releases page (link in first post).

I'm hoping to add a ton of stuff during summer (well, useful stuff that doesn't clutter the UI), and also thinking about putting it onto Google Play sometime soon, now that I think the app has most of the essential features.
Great. Seems like I'm one of those ardent fans of the app :p
Try adding square-1 scrambles from Tnoodle if possible.

Edit : just tried the latest version and did an average. Simple and great. Hope you come up with the next update soon.
 
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I've merged the previous two posts and the new one (at the bottom of this post) to clean up the thread.
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App is released on Google Play! Thanks for all your support. The link is in the first post.

The version in the Play store is still 0.0.5. I'm working hard on the next update, which will probably include sharing options and preliminary session saving. Stay tuned!

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I've noticed I spend a lot of time making plusTimer compatible with older versions of Android (2.3+) and I'm not sure whether my time is well spent. According to Google, there are still about 13% of devices on Gingerbread, so I wanted to include them. I thought it might be a good idea to find out if the cubing community generally has older or newer versions of Android. I've created a strawpoll here: http://strawpoll.me/2240979

P.S. 0.0.6 is coming soon. Hopefully next week, but don't quote me on that. I think you guys will love it. Teaser screenshot:
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Try adding square-1 scrambles from Tnoodle if possible.
Square-1 scrambles take forever (a couple minutes on my Nexus 5) to generate on mobile devices, so I've removed them a long time ago for that reason. I'm currently searching for replacements, but it hasn't exactly been the top of my todo list, so sorry about that. I will try to include it in the next update, if not the one after that.

Please make this on ios
Due to technical limitations, even if I do make a version for iOS, it probably won't have tnoodle scrambles (Java doesn't run on iOS, and I'm not knowledgeable enough to port tnoodle). I'm currently content with ChaoTimer on iOS, so if you haven't tried it, I suggest you check it out.

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v0.1.0 is released! We are entering the realm of the 0.1.x from 0.0.x. Yep.
To qualify for that big 0.1 tag, there are tons of new features: session saving, sharing, press and hold for multiple selection, new UI designs, inspection, hold to start, settings menu, history list, and of course, things I don't remember.
Link to the changelog, as always, is in the first post, along with the Google Play link (submitted, might take a while).

How do you guys like the new look and features? Tell me anything I can improve on :)
 
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I've downloaded the version that sends bug report. There shouldn't be many I guess.
Consider I'm doing a 3x3 session right now, leave it as it is and need to open another 3x3 session, and later get back to the saved session, I'm not able to do that. Also no options to copy the scramble of my best solve to clipboard or export the whole session average and post it some where.

The sessions get reset when I kill the app and get back to it later.
The app seems great right now. Thanks a lot. Just wanted to point out things you might want to add for the next version.
 
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I've downloaded the version that sends bug report. There shouldn't be many I guess.
Consider I'm doing a 3x3 session right now, leave it as it is and need to open another 3x3 session, and later get back to the saved session, I'm not able to do that. Also no options to copy the scramble of my best solve to clipboard or export the whole session average and post it some where.

The sessions get reset when I kill the app and get back to it later.
The app seems great right now. Thanks a lot. Just wanted to point out things you might want to add for the next version.
I now get what you were saying with the multiple session thing, I will definitely add that in a future version. As for copying text/exporting the whole session, there should be a share button on the top of the session details tab. Is that what you're looking for?

Thank you for continuing to use the bug-reporting version. I recommend downloading the app from Google Play (the version on there is exactly the same as the bug-reporting version) so that you get automatic updates.
 
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v0.1.1 is released! Just minor changes here and there, with a new Keep Screen On option in the settings. The TNoodle team has fixed 4x4 scramble generation on mobile devices (great job!), so I've re-added that.

Oh right, from this version on, the app will only support 4.0+. Version 0.1.0 should still be available on Google Play for those on 2.x, 3.x.

As always, the Google Play store link is in the first post. I recommend downloading from there so you get automatic updates.
 
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v0.1.2 has been submitted to the Play Store! Link in the first post.

This time around, graph and stats (PB/PB averages) have been added to the History page. An About page was added as well.

School has started, so updates may slow down, though I'll try my best to keep up with the fortnightly release. (BTW, learned a new word today while trying to find a word less ambiguous than biweekly: fortnightly means every two weeks :D)
 

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Is there a faster, but not necessarily as good, square-1 scrambler that you could use instead of the official one? It doesn't have to be good/random state: I would prefer to have a bad square-1 scrambler than no scrambler at all; my hand scrambles would be even worse. I usually use ChronoPuzzle, which can generate scrambles almost immediately, although they sometimes have stuff like (0, 0) in. Would you know how to include something like that?

E: apparently if you have two DNFs in one session, one doesn't count towards the session average (obviously) but the other one seems to count as around a day: in my session of 7 solves, two DNFs makes the session average 23:47:56.000, but with only one DNF it's 5.532.

Maybe you should - like in qqTimer - exclude the fastest/slowest 5% of times, rounded up, instead of just the fastest and slowest time. The 5% thing goes for averages of all sizes.
 
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Is there a faster, but not necessarily as good, square-1 scrambler that you could use instead of the official one? It doesn't have to be good/random state: I would prefer to have a bad square-1 scrambler than no scrambler at all; my hand scrambles would be even worse. I usually use ChronoPuzzle, which can generate scrambles almost immediately, although they sometimes have stuff like (0, 0) in. Would you know how to include something like that?
I'm working on including a fast scrambler for every puzzle, including Square-1. The next update will have those scramble programs (that is a promise).

E: apparently if you have two DNFs in one session, one doesn't count towards the session average (obviously) but the other one seems to count as around a day: in my session of 7 solves, two DNFs makes the session average 23:47:56.000, but with only one DNF it's 5.532.

Maybe you should - like in qqTimer - exclude the fastest/slowest 5% of times, rounded up, instead of just the fastest and slowest time. The 5% thing goes for averages of all sizes.
That is a bug. According to the regulations, that average with the two DNFs should be DNF. I don't think 5% would be correct (though I understand that an average of 100, for example, isn't exactly a competition round of 5, so if you would like the 5% exclusion added, I can include it as a setting). Anyway, I'll get that fixed. Thanks for reporting!
 
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I just rated it and wrote a small review. Sorry, had a few issues with the play store.
Any idea when the next version might be released ?
Thank you for the review! The next version will be released in two weeks at the latest.

Question: is "4x4-fast" the new optimized 4x4 scrambler in TNoodle, or is it just a workaround for those who don't care to wait for TNoodle scrambles?
"4x4-fast" is the random moves 4x4 scrambler in TNoodle, so the latter. I realize I should mark that a bit more clearly.
The normal "4x4" option is the optimized 4x4 scrambler in TNoodle.
 
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In my oppinion, you must add a alert for reset. If anyone accidently presses the reset button, all his PBs may go. Also, please add all BLD , feet and OH sections. Overall, great timer.
 
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The 5% exclusion thing for averages is definitely a standard thing, so I'd say it is worth including :)
This is news to me. In that case, I'll make sure to add it for the next update. Thanks for the feedback!

Really enjoy this timer, though. Just one thing - why does the hold to start option have to be on if inspection is on?
I believe I did that since if I'm using inspection (WCA regulation), I probably want to hold to start to fully emulate a competition (also because it's less code, and less code=laziness :D). I can add inspection without hold to start if you guys would like that.

In my oppinion, you must add a alert for reset. If anyone accidently presses the reset button, all his PBs may go.
That is a valid concern! I'll add that for the next update.

Also, please add all BLD , feet and OH sections. Overall, great timer.
Those sections are definitely planned. I think what I will do to reduce clutter in the puzzle switcher with the number of options is make a settings screen to select which events to display.
 
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