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3rd December 2010, 09:08 PM   |  #1  
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So here it goes. My first Android app.
I would like to peresent a first Beta release of Minimalistic Text.
This app is heavily inspired by Clockr and BattStatt but adds some additional benefits.

Why?
While searching for a reason to dig into Android app development I came across Clockr and BattStatt. So I decided to rebuild them.
As the first version of a text-clock was ready, I wanted to push this widget one abstraction layer up to some kind of meta-widget that brings the different approaches of displaying information in a textual, minimalistic way in one line so that it gets possible to make all this text widgets look the same way.

But the main driver for me to spend evenings at my PC developing this app has been just the fun of it



What is Minimalistic Text for?
In the first case Minimalistic Text is a widget app that displays information in a minimalistic way.
„Yet another Text Clock?“ one may ask.
The answer is „Yes“, but more than that.

Flexibility
Minimalistic Text tries to give you much more control about what information to show and how this information should be presented. The architecture of the widget allows (the developer) to add easily new sources of information and let the user integrate them in a widget.

Today Minmalistic Text knows 4 sources of information:
  • Time
  • Date
  • Battery
  • Weather
These information sources provide a set of variables that can be used in the widget configuration to build up your very own widget.

Resource Management
Minimalistic Text tries to update the widgets only when necessary. Each widget analyzes the information (variables) it uses and knows when it has to be updated. So the update service updates only the widgets that have to be updated.
When the screen of the device goes off, Minimalistic Text stops updating any widgets immediately and restarts the update process when the screen goes on again.
For example: If a widget only has time variables and the voltage of the battery changes, the time widgets doesn't get updated. Sounds naturally? I don't want to know how many widgets out there don't take care about their update frequency .

Still under development
Minimalistic Text is still under heavy development. So many ideas are on my todo-list that haven't been implemented yet.

This can lead to breaking changes (that would force you to re-add your widgets to the home screen). Of course I will take care to avoid this, but it could happen.

How you can help
I am open to criticism and suggestions. One reason for throwing the app in the public at this stage of development is to get early feedback in order to direct the development in the right direction.
Please tell me if an error occurs. Either here in this thread, via PM or e-mail.

For a little guide see this link.

Download
Minimalistic Text supports devices running Android 1.6 and up.
To download Minimalistic Text you can scan the barcode, tap the barcode or the Market link from your android phone or type "de.devmil.minimaltext" into your market search.

>Market link<
>AppBrain link<

EDIT: Added the sheet for the translation to this post

11.12.2010
Updated the translation file. Better description for the number rules, new values

13.12.2010
Updated the translation file. New values

17.12.2010
Updated the translation file. New values
Uploaded all translation files I already have.

23.12.2010
Translation state updated, new translation master file.

31.12.2010
New translation master file.

15.01.2010
Translation state updated, new translation master file.

06.02.2010
Translation state updated, new translation master file will follow tomorrow.

08.02.2010
New translation master file.

Translation state
The currently used translation files are in my Google docs folder:Klick
To edit a translation or to add new ones please use the Google docs mechanism to get access to this folder.


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3rd December 2010, 09:12 PM   |  #2  
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Will try.

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Just installed..wooow, lots of settings ..now I need some time to adjust it.
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It is only available over the market so that I can see more information about crashs.
If you don't want to scan the barcode you can simply type "de.devmil.minimaltext" into the market search box.
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3rd December 2010, 09:51 PM   |  #6  
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I don't have a home computer so I use the XDA app. Can't scan it. Can't find it in Market.

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Scratch that, found it. Sorry dude.

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Please klick >here< on your phone.
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I like it already. Any chance for weather options? I like the options! Thanks for putting that Market link up, for us who have no internet at home, only on the phone!

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Quote:
Originally Posted by zzelinka

I like it already. Any chance for weather options? I like the options! Thanks for putting that Market link up, for us who have no internet at home, only on the phone!

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I thought about a weather information provider and it is on my todo-list. But not on top right now

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