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[App] Minimal notepad with Dropbox sync - need testers

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8th December 2010, 11:59 AM   |  #1  
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Hi!

I've just published my first app on the market - it's called Epistle.
It's a very simple text editor that can sync your notes with Dropbox; I will add folder support and note search soon.
Since all I've got is an old HTC G2 I'd appreciate if someone could help me test it (especially the synchronization mechanism).

You can find the app here: kooklab.com

Thanks.
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8th December 2010, 07:07 PM   |  #2  
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Looks nice. Love the interface. However I am getting an FC whenever i hit "Sync". Account linked, I turned off all the automatic syncs, have reinstalled. I don't see any activity in my dropbox. Have attached logcat.

The only thing I would change is the note title field. I appreciate how other notepads use a bit of the first note line as the title.

You need to make a donate version, btw. I have been jonesing for a PlainText-alike and would happily pay for one!
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8th December 2010, 08:26 PM   |  #3  
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Hi!

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However I am getting an FC whenever i hit "Sync".

There is a stupid bug that prevents the app to perform the very first synchronization.
I'll push an update soon.

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The only thing I would change is the note title field. I appreciate how other notepads use a bit of the first note line as the title.

I think I can manage to do that, somehow.

Thanks!
10th December 2010, 10:21 AM   |  #4  
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Hi! I like your app, but there is one thing I don't like. You should be able to give an option name to the folder it creates in dropbox. I'd rather have a folder named "Notes" than "Epistle", no offense to your namechoice.
10th December 2010, 10:43 AM   |  #5  
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This app is awesome!
I've now a Todo-list on my desktop and phone, synced!
10th December 2010, 11:02 AM   |  #6  
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Good work. I really like the idea.

Some comments:
1. I agree regarding the aforementioned opinion on the titling of notes. If no personal title is entered, the note should display the first line of the note in the overview list.

2. When you create a new note, the title is highlited and can be entered. However, as soon as the orientation of the phone changes (e.g. to landscape) the cursor is in the beginning of the text field and the title of the note cannot be changed. The same goes for the use of a hardware keyboard. When I flip my Desire Z open to use the hardware keyboard the same thing happens.

3. Deleting notes: The app should refresh by taking the latest changes into account. If I remove the note on the phone it should disappear from Dropbox. If I delete a file from dropbox, it should delete the note in the app.

4. Discarding notes. It should be possible to get back to the list view without saving a note. It's a good idea to have the note saved automatically when you press back. But you might provide a "discard note" option when you press "menu" while editing a note.

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10th December 2010, 11:52 AM   |  #7  
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You should be able to give an option name to the folder it creates in dropbox. I'd rather have a folder named "Notes" than "Epistle", no offense to your namechoice.

I'll add the option to change the sync folder in some future release.

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2. When you create a new note, the title is highlited and can be entered. However, as soon as the orientation of the phone changes (e.g. to landscape) the cursor is in the beginning of the text field and the title of the note cannot be changed. The same goes for the use of a hardware keyboard. When I flip my Desire Z open to use the hardware keyboard the same thing happens.

In landscape you should still be able to hide the virtual keyboard (with the back button) and double tap on the title to edit it.

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3. Deleting notes: The app should refresh by taking the latest changes into account. If I remove the note on the phone it should disappear from Dropbox. If I delete a file from dropbox, it should delete the note in the app.

If you delete a file from the phone everything works as expected; the other way around at the moment cannot be implemented - with the current API there is no way to tell if a file has been deleted from dropbox.

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4. Discarding notes. It should be possible to get back to the list view without saving a note. It's a good idea to have the note saved automatically when you press back. But you might provide a "discard note" option when you press "menu" while editing a note.

This is also coming in the future.
10th December 2010, 03:13 PM   |  #8  
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The new release fixed the sync right up. Thanks!

I am getting ready to import ~500 notes from simplenote. We'll see how it goes.
10th December 2010, 04:59 PM   |  #9  
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In landscape you should still be able to hide the virtual keyboard (with the back button) and double tap on the title to edit it.

You're right. I tried that earlier and somehow it didn't work. I'd still prefer the cursor not to jump out of the title if I switch the orientation or open the hardware keyboard.

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If you delete a file from the phone everything works as expected; the other way around at the moment cannot be implemented - with the current API there is no way to tell if a file has been deleted from dropbox.

For me it's not working either way round. I "removed" 2 notes in the App and in my Dropbox they still appear. When I start the App they however don't show up anymore. I tried hitting "Sync", which resulted in a FC. However I just tried it again - created a new note, synced it and removed it again. This time it somehow worked.

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11th December 2010, 10:30 AM   |  #10  
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I'd still prefer the cursor not to jump out of the title if I switch the orientation or open the hardware keyboard.

That what it should do - I'll try to fix it.

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For me it's not working either way round. I "removed" 2 notes in the App and in my Dropbox they still appear. When I start the App they however don't show up anymore. I tried hitting "Sync", which resulted in a FC. However I just tried it again - created a new note, synced it and removed it again. This time it somehow worked.

I'll soon push another update on the market that should resolve most of the sync problems.

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