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Simple contacts app iContact (v0.5) (xPhone alike)

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By larna, Senior Member on 18th April 2007, 10:48 AM
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Hello,
I wrote a simple contacts list app for WM5 but i've tested it on HTC Wizard only. If anyone is willing to test the app on their device I'd be very thankfull.

The app is very basic, it only lists contacts in scrollable list. I use it for accessing my contacts by scrolling the list with fingers, similar to *Phone. Just tap, drag and release. To select a contact, just tap and release, and standard contact details dialog should appear.

Exe is in the attached zip file.


UPDATE v0.5, 02.03.2008.

Changes:
- iContact should now be visible in task managers
- added application icon
- alphabet grid can be shown by clicking on ABC button. It stays shown until letter is selected, or you tap on an empty space
- little bit more usefull "Details" screen.




UPDATE v0.4, 09.11.2007.
This version should fix a bug or two, but may introduce some as well. It should fix the most obvious bug with contact name length.
It also introduces a way to look into contact details. But is merely a test and isn't very usable at the moment. Tapping on the contact name will open standard pocket outlook contact details.

Have fun.



UPDATE v0.3, 08.09.2007.
Sorry to say that iContact didn't go very far, but still, i wanted to give you guys an up-to-date version (if anyone is still interested )

There are few changes and they're all very obvious, so, have fun.



UPDATE

- 05.05.2007.

v0.2
App is now known as"iContact".Main changes would be landscape fix and (Oh, My, Oooh) WM2003 support.
As i don't have wm2003 device there are probably still some bugs, but at least it should start, show contacts and scroooooolllll...

The little indicator on the right side has some bugs, i know. But, as it doesn't affects the other app functionality I let it live.

Post your opinions. New features will be discussed when main part of the app works (almost) bug free.

Thx for all your comments. That motivates me the most.


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Contacts v0.1 is available for testing purposes in the post:
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Explanations and comments are available in before mentioned post.


YouTube video made by nicolas (thx nicolas)

xPhone alike launcher by Grumps (Good job man!)

Thx,
larna
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18th April 2007, 11:05 AM |#2  
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It looks cool!

I sort my contacts as a "File As". Any change you will add extra options to this program?

One thing I've noticed is that contacts who only have an e-mail address appear as a white bar, maybe an option could be to filter contacts?

But again, nice Beta!
18th April 2007, 11:10 AM |#3  
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Thx for the response. It's my first pocketpc app, and first c win32 app, and first c app ever. So, I'm just starting to learn

You're right about blank fields. It only reads first and lastname from the database.

I didn't understand the "File As" sort option. Do you care about explaining a bit. (Sorry, english isn't my native language).

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18th April 2007, 11:15 AM |#4  
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Quote:
Originally Posted by larna

Thx for the response. It's my first pocketpc app, and first c win32 app, and first c app ever. So, I'm just starting to learn

You're right about blank fields. It only reads first and lastname from the database.

I didn't understand the "File As" sort option. Do you care about explaining a bit. (Sorry, english isn't my native language).

larna

What is your native language then?

The file as sort option is like this:

Doe, John -> Last, First
John Doe -> First Last
I'm using Inesoft Address Book, it has an option to sort contact like "File As" this way all contacts are displayed the same way as I saved them
18th April 2007, 11:21 AM |#5  
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Croatian is my native language.

Adding sort options shouldn't be that difficult so I guess I'll implement them in some phase. I'm still experimenting with more fluid scrolling.

Thx,

larna
18th April 2007, 01:40 PM |#6  
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Nice.. very nice! Smooth scrolling effect too. Start fast works well. Ought to post a video up.

Wish list:
Do you think you can add the photos onto the list? Or it will make the software ultra slow?
18th April 2007, 01:54 PM |#7  
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I think that would slow down the app considerably. It's already a bit slow on my Wizard running on 180 MHz, but it's fine when overclocked to 240 MHz.

But, I can't say I'm 100% sure it wouldn't work. I'm still a newbie.

Thx for comments!

larna
18th April 2007, 01:59 PM |#8  
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Looks very cool, a couple requests

1) can you make a command line option that filters the list by category? I've got a lot of contacts, but I have a category called Phone for ones I want to get to quickly. Unfortunately the regular contacts app always forgets this filter so it hasn't been much use so far.

2) I see a lot of blank items in the list, if the name is not valid maybe use the "File As" field as someone suggested, or look through the other fields maybe. I use just the company name a lot on businesses. "File As" is probably the way to go though because that is what shows up in the regular contactrs program I think.
18th April 2007, 02:02 PM |#9  
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Thx for suggestions, I'll be sure to take look at that.

Stay tuned for next version

larna
18th April 2007, 02:43 PM |#10  
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Wink just tested on HTC TyTn...
it works... but scrolling does not work!
I am trying to make the same simple app using java
having problems with the API's (JSR 75) not being on my phone
Have you done anything like this for java?
And yes, I did separate post a thread for it here!

Many thanks, and good luck!
Sanjay
18th April 2007, 03:25 PM |#11  
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Originally Posted by sParekh

it works... but scrolling does not work!
I am trying to make the same simple app using java
having problems with the API's (JSR 75) not being on my phone
Have you done anything like this for java?
And yes, I did separate post a thread for it here!

Many thanks, and good luck!
Sanjay

Sorry, didn't even come close to java. I can only wish you best luck with your project.

Regarding scrolling, can you select a contact by tap onto it's name?

Thx,

larna
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