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plusTimer - Open Source Android Timer with TNoodle Scrambles

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0.1.5, aka the suggestions implementation frenzy release! 5% average exclusion, OH Feet BLD modes, remembers current puzzle and session, quick selection of +2 and DNF when solve is finished.....
As usual, links in the OP.

I've set up a CrowdIn project for anyone who would like to help translate the app into their language. Go to crowdin.net, sign up, and go to https://crowdin.com/project/plustimer.

EDIT: Also, 200 downloads! Big thank you to all of you guys! :D
Great update! I've already contributed to the crowdin project, however here are some bugs / odd behavior in the app I found:
  • By default, no categories are ticked in the "enable puzzle types" option, so the category selection spinner disappears when killing and restarting the app without having configured the "enable puzzle types" option manually
  • BLD modes rely on the inspection option in preferences, please change it so that BLD uses no inspection in any case
  • Maybe include a 4BLD mode that uses the fast unofficial scrambler?

P.S.: I really like the bug "poem" you included in the Play Store changelog, because it seems somewhat familiar to me :D
 
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Great update, the feature list has come a long way..
Penalty fade is just great, and puzzle selection was much needed, but it doesn't seem to hide the puzzles on the timer screen..
Hmmm... that's weird. I'll PM you about that.'
EDIT: Found the problem. I'll push out a bug fix release asap (today or tomorrow).

There are a couple of design things that aren't that much of a deal, still, here they go:
When opening the app or going to the timer from settings or history, leaves the 'Ready' text on its default size; when the session is reset, it is displayed correctly..
The correct behavior for in this version is a size of 100 whenever the Ready text is displayed. I think the latter is the wrong behavior... Either way I intended to make it rely on the text size but forgot to do it in this release.

Using the two rows display, updating seconds only, both running and stopped states are vertically centered, so when tapping to stop, the seconds counter jump up and make room for the milliseconds.. Both states should be aligned on top, so stopping just make the milliseconds appear under the updating time..
Personally I think it doesn't look great when the text isn't centered, but I agree, the current implementation is not optimal either. I think I'll add a quick animation to slide the text up when the timer is stopped.

Also regarding the two row display, selected text size doesn't match with either of the two rows.. Maybe the top/bottom size ratio could be customized too?
The text size corresponds to the top row in sp units (See here), and the bottom row is 70% the size of the top. I can certainly add a ratio customization.

I don't know if its the font or what but, doesn't the 1s seem/look/feel uncentered?
Agreed, just the font I think. I'm planning to add a seven-segment display font (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seven-segment_display).

And of course, a couple feature of suggestions:
Session delete warning dialog..
Session counter on the history puzzle select..
Solve count on history list/graph..
Sure, added to TODO list. Thanks!

Great update! I've already contributed to the crowdin project, however here are some bugs / odd behavior in the app I found:
By default, no categories are ticked in the "enable puzzle types" option, so the category selection spinner disappears when killing and restarting the app without having configured the "enable puzzle types" option manually
That's very weird too, I can't seem to reproduce it. I'll PM you.
EDIT: Same problem as above. I'll push out a bug fix release asap (today or tomorrow).

BLD modes rely on the inspection option in preferences, please change it so that BLD uses no inspection in any case
Maybe include a 4BLD mode that uses the fast unofficial scrambler?
Thanks for the suggestions! Added to list.
 
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Firstly, this is such a great timer! I really love how it has all the different events so my times don't all get mashed together. For the square-1 scrambler, and 4x4 since someone else suggested it, could you have the option to have a perfect scramble or a fast scramble?
Edit: (just incase it wasn't clear) As in, I could choose to have a fast scramble or a perfect scramble, depending on how I feel.
 
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I'm trying out the timer now. One thing I look for first is the size of the scramble text. On many timer apps it's difficult (for old people like me) to see the difference between F and F' Is it possible to increase the font size of the scrambles?
 
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Firstly, this is such a great timer! I really love how it has all the different events so my times don't all get mashed together. For the square-1 scrambler, and 4x4 since someone else suggested it, could you have the option to have a perfect scramble or a fast scramble?
Edit: (just incase it wasn't clear) As in, I could choose to have a fast scramble or a perfect scramble, depending on how I feel.
The regular 4x4 option is perfect WCA, the "fast, unofficial" option is faster but not perfect (random moves). For Square-1, the perfect WCA scrambler needs like 2 minutes to generate one scramble, so I just removed it. The fast, unofficial square-1 scrambler is in every way identical to the WCA scrambler except it does not filter (require at least 11 moves to solve).

I'm trying out the timer now. One thing I look for first is the size of the scramble text. On many timer apps it's difficult (for old people like me) to see the difference between F and F' Is it possible to increase the font size of the scrambles?
Not currently, but it's on the TODO list. I want to make sure it looks good and doesn't cover the time when the size is larger. Thanks!
EDIT: I'm think I'll also add an option for monospaced font, which might make it easier to see the prime marks.
 

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Possible to add an optional bld mode? First touch starts the timer, second touch before putting on the blindfold shows the time taken for memorization and third touch stops the timer. In the end, the total time taken for the solve and the time taken for memorization( to be shown in brackets) can be found in the session times list instead of the solve time alone.
 
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Hi everyone, as you may have noticed I missed the bi-weekly schedule for the next release. This is mostly due to schoolwork, but also that the next update is going to be huge. By huge, I mean HUGE. I'm considering starting beta testing so that I don't miss a bug like with version 0.1.5.

Possible to add an optional bld mode? First touch starts the timer, second touch before putting on the blindfold shows the time taken for memorization and third touch stops the timer. In the end, the total time taken for the solve and the time taken for memorization( to be shown in brackets) can be found in the session times list instead of the solve time alone.
Absolutely, thanks for the detailed explanation!

Possibility to export times in the form of a table?
Planned, hoping to have it in the next update. Thanks!

Is it a bug or a feature that it writes 13.100 instead of 14.00?
I'm not sure what you're referring to... PM'd.

I would really like if the app can do so I can write in my times, so I can use a stackmat timer.

I use the timer as my main phone timer. I like the scrambles, and how the app looks. :)
Glad you enjoy it, and yes, that is planned for the next release.


Thanks again everyone for your suggestions and support!
 
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Awesome, can't wait to download it..

More than once I've seen judges using their cellphones to time inspection, perhaps there could be a competition menu, with an inspection timer, quick mo3 calculator and whatever tool with potential usefulness in a competition..
 
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Thanks. Also, can the best average of 5/12/50 just pop out with their respectable scrambles on touch? Quite hard to figure out specifically the pb averages in a big session.
Great suggestion! Thanks!

Awesome, can't wait to download it..

More than once I've seen judges using their cellphones to time inspection, perhaps there could be a competition menu, with an inspection timer, quick mo3 calculator and whatever tool with potential usefulness in a competition..
Sorry if there was any misunderstanding, but there has been no new release yet. I was just giving an explanation on why there has been/will be a gap.
The competition menu is a good idea, though I'm not sure I want to package that into plusTimer. What do you guys think? Should it be in the same app or a separate competition helper app? (also there's the fact that Lucas already made an inspection timer)
 
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More than once I've seen judges using their cellphones to time inspection, perhaps there could be a competition menu, with an inspection timer, quick mo3 calculator and whatever tool with potential usefulness in a competition..
The competition menu is a good idea, though I'm not sure I want to package that into plusTimer. What do you guys think? Should it be in the same app or a separate competition helper app? (also there's the fact that Lucas already made an inspection timer)
I've actually written a competition helper app that has features like inspection stopwatch, Ao5/Mo3 calculation w/ WCA ID integration and WCA Regulation access. Currently it's in beta testing, I'm planning on releasing within the next 2 weeks (hopefully) :D

EDIT: It's Android only <3
 
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I've actually written a competition helper app that has features like inspection stopwatch, Ao5/Mo3 calculation w/ WCA ID integration and WCA Regulation access. Currently it's in beta testing, I'm planning on releasing within the next 2 weeks (hopefully) :D
Can I be a tester?
And on which platforms are you planning to release it? Android, iOS or both?
Also, will it be free?
 
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Can I be a tester?
And on which platforms are you planning to release it? Android, iOS or both?
Also, will it be free?
PM'd
This thread is about Daniel's magnificent plusTimer so if you've got any questions about my app, please PM me or wait until I make an own thread for the app (probably at official release). No more questions will be answered here :D
 
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Hi everyone,
If you are experiencing a crash when going into the "History" page and happen to have root, I would like to have a look at the files located at /data/data/com.pluscubed.plustimer/files/
Please send them to [email protected].

Thanks!
 
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