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[Android 2.1+, 2011.10.10] Omniscience 0.9.2

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By seydhe, Member on 22nd March 2011, 12:22 PM
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Here is my first Android app, Omniscience :

This is a highly configurable widget to show you what you need to know or remember :
  • Calendars
  • Tasks
  • Weather
  • Emails (to remind you of replies you have to make)
  • Notes
  • etc.

It has (or will have) quite a few assets compared to existing apps of the same kind :
  • Stock look to better integrate into your home screen
  • Very user-friendly interface
  • Supports more than tasks and calendars
  • Highly configurable
  • A nice tutorial for beginners
  • Templates to recreate your favorite configuration quickly with automatic backup in the cloud
  • Compatible with Android version from 2.1 with ldpi, mdpi and hdpi resolutions (I'll work on tablets as soon as I can)
  • NEW - Scrolling support

For now, it supports the following apps:
  • Google Calendar
  • GMail (seems broken with recent GMail versions)
  • Google Weather (through the Genie widget)
  • Astrid
  • Facebook (birthdays only) (broken by version 1.5.3 )
  • Springpad
  • Gtasks
  • Google Reader
  • Evernote
  • SMS & MMS
  • Seesmic (twitter & facebook)

Of course, I intend to add the most popular applications of each category.
I initially designed Omniscience for my own needs (as I tend to forget everything ...), but I am hoping for your feedback to steer my in your direction too (I have created a page on GetSatisfaction! for that purpose).

When the app is mature enough and the beta is over, I plan to offer a lite version with Google Calendar only (and without advanced features) and a paid version priced at 1$.

Thanks in advance for all testers

PS : this app uses the GreenDroid library, thanks to Cyril for his awesome work!

Current version : 0.9.2 beta (download)

Version 0.9.2
- Changed expiration date to December 31th, 2012

Version 0.9.1
- Fixed item disappearance in scrolling mode
- Changed expiration date to september 30th

Version 0.9
+ Added scrolling layout (single-line only for now)
+ Added Spanish translation courtesy of dexae and rchacin
- Fixed random force close when updating widgets
- Extended expiry date to June 30th

Version 0.8.1
+ Added date formats with weekday
- Fixed font color for light themes
- Fixed date transparency
- Notification icon does not blink anymore when updating more than one widget
- Fixed vertical padding for transparent themes

Version 0.8
+ Added Seesmic
+ Added date/time configuration options
+ Added date descending sort order
+ Translated to Italien thanks to Gfandrea
- Fixed memory leaks in GTasks and Google Calendar

Version 0.7
+ Added SMS/MMS
+ Redesigned buttons for all themes
+ Added a view button
+ Added a new layout that groups items by date with the date as the header

Version 0.6
+ Added Google Reader
+ Added Evernote
+ Added Sense theme
- Improved UI graphics

Version 0.5
+ Added optional "create" and "settings" buttons
+ Added preferences for customizing colors in GMail, Springpad & GTasks
+ Added links to applications that are not currently installed (market or google search for Genie widget)

Version 0.4.1
+ Added an "information" button when configuring item sources
- Fixed FC with Android version 2.1
- Fixed random FC with GTasks
- Fixed Google Weather forecasts expiry dates (forecast for yesterday would keep showing)
- Fixed configuration screens that would not appear in 2.1 for Gtasks, Springpad and Google Weather.

Version 0.4
+ Added GTasks support
+ Added templates
+ Added automatic template backup & restore (2.2+ only)
+ Added °C/°F option to Google Weather
- Updated app icon
- Fixed FC when deleting a widget being refreshed

Version 0.3.3
+ Added filtering and grouping by category for Springpad
+ Added grouping by tag and importance for Astrid
+ Added email display limit to GMail
+ Added an "Help improve Omniscience" page to the tutorial
+ Added link to in preferences to help translate Omniscience
- Fixed calendar not installed bug for HTC phones
- Improved facebook birthday performance
- Added support for facebook contacts without a birthday year

Version 0.3.2
+ Added option to display a separator between each day
- Fixed "Google Calendar not installed" bug on several phones (HTC for ex.)
- Minor improvements

Version 0.3.1
- Fixed bug for facebook contacts without birthday date
- Fixed facebook birthday calculation
- Improved performances
- Update icon is now displayed during the whole update period

Version 0.3
+ Facebook birthdays
+ Tag and importance filters in Astrid
- Fixed force close with Google Weather
- Minor fixes

Version 0.2
+ Springpad support
+ Transparent theme now available with dark or light font
- Fixed refresh bug with Google weather

Version 0.1.1
+ Transparent theme
+ Confirmation popup when widget is empty
+ Added refresh context option to main app
- Fixed a force close with older versions of GMail
- The monitoring service now stops when there is nothing to monitor

Version 0.1
+ Initial version
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24th March 2011, 01:36 AM |#2  
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Updated to 0.2 with Springpad support!
25th March 2011, 02:15 PM |#3  
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Updated to 0.3 with facebook birthdays !
28th March 2011, 07:46 AM |#4  
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Dude! I never liked any calender widget, but this one is awesome.
It's already very good but if I'm to suggest an improvement, I would say add a separator between days.

Keep up the good work.

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28th March 2011, 10:53 PM |#5  
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Updated to 0.3.2 with a new option to show a separator between days
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29th March 2011, 11:27 AM |#6  
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I've moved the thread to Android Software Development forum. It's better here as you are offering a free beta version at the moment. It can stay in here until it comes out of beta.

(also, you don't meet the minimum requirements to post in the Paid Apps forum)
29th March 2011, 12:23 PM |#7  
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looks like its going in the right direction! VERY NICE WIDGETS!

just one thing (you propably already want to do that anyways).
for launchers that dont support scrollable widgets, please add option to limit number of emails listed when i activate gmail support the only thing i see is emails nothing else

31st March 2011, 10:22 PM |#8  
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Updated to 0.3.3 with an option in GMail to limit the number of emails displayed.
Keep the suggestions coming !
4th April 2011, 12:56 AM |#9  
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Love the update, this is now my official calender widget :)

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4th April 2011, 03:45 AM |#10  
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If you could add gTask integration I would pay for it. I've found no widget with both my Google Calendar events and my Google Notes deadlines together and it would be just what I need.

Working fine on my Hero, 2.1 original Orange ROM. May I ask how often should the widget update? I find it doing so every few minutes, maybe cause I just installed it.
4th April 2011, 08:41 AM |#11  
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The widget has no refresh interval ; instead, it watches for content changes that are notified by the apps you have on your widget. Unfortunately, some of them are pretty aggressive with content change notifications (even if nothing really changes).

As for gTask I will try to include it in the next version.

Thanks for the feedback!
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