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betatesters wanted :)

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15th September 2010, 02:10 PM   |  #1  
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Hi, I have created a simple app that visualizes your SMS inbox as a cloud of words (size based on word usage) - currently I seek for few users with 2.2 device for beta tests. Please check Visual Words at Market (free) and report your experiences in this thread. Thanks for help!

PS. The app may behave strange depending on your SMS inbox size and content - if you see blank black screen only please try clicking the screen to change visualization settings (check on the app webpage for details).
15th September 2010, 04:18 PM   |  #2  
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Only Froyo is supported? Sounds like a fun app to toy with a little.
15th September 2010, 04:51 PM   |  #3  
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Niice idea , yeah i'll beta test if you want't
15th September 2010, 08:49 PM   |  #4  
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ill beta test too if you want. angeldelaguarda [at] gmail(dot)com
15th September 2010, 08:50 PM   |  #5  
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I installed and played around with the app. It has some entertaining possibilities. Some things I noticed..

(Nexus one running rooted eViL 1.15)

-Words are tiny.
Suggestion: Show words that are used the most, maybe even bigger words based on how often they occur. (Doesn't seem to do that at this point.)

-Some times it includes the (1/3) (2/3) parts of the messages.
Suggestion: I'm not really a fan, perhaps removing them would bring a little more polish. Not a really a big deal though.

-Words do not fill the screen.
Suggestion: I have over 400 text messages but it only fills just the corners of the screens. There is a HUGE black area in the middle thats not doing anything, would be nice to try and fill the screen as much as possible.

I'm still playing with it, I'll let you know if I come across anything else.

Some screen captures:




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15th September 2010, 11:01 PM   |  #6  
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Thanks for the test - I am quite surprised that all words seem to have exactly same font size ... I think/hope that changing the scale to logarithmical in options and clicking then when it displays the screen touch it according to the instructions below should help:

* Top left will decrease the number of words while top right will increase it (starting at 500, increase by 20%, decrease by 10%, 5 words minimum).
* Bottom left will decrease the font range, bottom right will increase it (starting from 10pt to 60pt, increase by 20% decrease by 10%, 6pt to 36pt minimum).
* Center Left will decrease the logarithmical scale, Center Right will increase it (making the “scale curve” more steep). It requires plenty of clicks - changes are relatively slow at the beginning (increase with each click though).

please check by clicking - increase word count few times (upper right corner) and increase font size few times (bottom right corner).

thanks for the comments on (1/x) - I have a list of words being removed will add few of these.

For all others willing to test - the app is in the market - look for "Visual Words" - feedback is highly appreciated - make sure to touch the screen to change the settings.
15th September 2010, 11:07 PM   |  #7  
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Increased and decreased font size, and pretty much messed with UI to get it to break, everything seems like its working as intended.

(This was what I was expecting with the first image of words.)
15th September 2010, 11:20 PM   |  #8  
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Thanks for the effort on testing - I will surely look into what can be done to have the right scale from the very beginning. (not very simple as the inboxes across the globe will vary significantly)

Second point on my todo list is giving the user ability to fliter words (I do have a small "filter list" but looking at your screenshot I see much more, and it actually will be language dependent) ...

Third will be the sender filter I think.

Thanks again and I hope you had fun playing with it.


PS. posting a comment on Market that it actually works will help to countermeasure the comment I got from initial version where there was no option to scale via user interface...
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Added a comment to the market, also marked the other as unhelpful since it's no longer valid.

Keep it up
16th September 2010, 04:47 AM   |  #10  
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Seems to work as intended. I must be thick, but I don't understand what it does...I mean, I do...but I don't see how this is going to benefit me.

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