[APP] Screen Off Memo [Update: 21 Sept 2015]

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xperiacle

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It's been a while but here is another app I would like to share with those still using the Note 3 like me while waiting for the Note 6 perhaps.

Screen Off Memo is a feature I like on the Note 5 and so I decided to make one for my Note 3. I have not held a Note 5 yet so I don't know how the screen off memo works except what I saw on video reviews so the app may not be as perfect but it works for what I need it for. Any feedback would be welcome.

UPDATE - 21 Sept 2015
- fixed some issues with spen detachment starting the app even when unlocked
- toned the brightness of the icons as well as the pen strokes to reduce glare and offer more readability
- fixed issue with pen thickness in the v1.2 (some users like it thicker - I might include some settings to set user prefs in the future)
- adding new notes will trigger separate notification

Hopefully the issue specially on the Note 4/Edge has been solved.

Screen Off Memo version 1.3 can be downloaded below.

Install and RUN at least once from the app drawer so the app will be registered for the broadcast action when spen is detached. To enable the app to lock the screen when spen is attached, you must activate/enable it in Settings>Security>Device Administrator.

Based on user feedback I have retained the simplicity of the app. Just added ability to add new memo. Changed some icons for simpler ones. Cleaned up the code a bit to make it run faster and as little footprint as possible. Added option to turn off screen when pen is attached. And of course, it would now run on most Note devices (API 19 & above).


The app would also run on other Galaxy devices without spen but only when launched from the app drawer. But I am trying to find a way to trigger on the lockscreen maybe via a floating button but still a work in progress. I may work on it if there is demand but otherwise might just focus on the Note series.


At the moment I am testing an immersive mode version where no virtual buttons on the screen... just a whole screen of black space to doodle on and using sensors to toggle pen and eraser or the toolbar. Still a work in progress though but we'll see....

Anyway have fun and still your suggestions are welcome. But please keep the thread on topic.

It is a free app but please don't redistribute it nor modify it for redistribution. I don't mind if you include it in a ROM as long as the info page is intact.

Credits: BIG THANKS to @and2, @swiss420 and some others I don't know their xda usernames for their support. :)
 

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justforgot

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Installed it on my note 3 but it just crashes when tried to open app.
If you're trying to make it work like note 5 then it should work when you pull your s-pen out while the screen is off.
And you can start writing on the screen and save it to memo app or note app.

Tried this app but it didn't work will wait to try it out if updated to new version. I don't know how to give you crash log. Sorry.
Nice Try @xperiacle

Edit - I got it working by changing my model number in build.prop SM-N9005

You might also wana look into this app @oluwaponmile
 
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Eleo

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One issue I have is that when I try to reach that note in S Note, I have to pull it down, open in action memo, and then click the S Note icon on the bottom right part of action memo to open it in S Note. Is it possible to make it simpler, so that just clicking in S Note would open it in S Note?
 
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and2

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@xperiacle I missed your genius mate. Thank you. Just a question is it possible to start the app while the screen is off or don´t i just find it? Or because i use the Note 5 Air Command?
Do you have a bit more time now? I think i´ll buy a Note Edge and wait for the Note 7 maybe there is again a sd card slot and i wanne play with the edge.
 
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and2

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One issue I have is that when I try to reach that note in S Note, I have to pull it down, open in action memo, and then click the S Note icon on the bottom right part of action memo to open it in S Note. Is it possible to make it simpler, so that just clicking in S Note would open it in S Note?

But this is normal behavior for Action Memo and this is an Action Memo.
 
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Eleo

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@xperiacle I missed your genius mate. Thank you. Just a question is it possible to start the app while the screen is off or don´t i just find it? Or because i use the Note 5 Air Command?
Do you have a bit more time now? I think i´ll buy a Note Edge and wait for the Note 7 maybe there is again a sd card slot and i wanne play with the edge.
As soon as I release Spen when phone is locked, it opens this app for me. Before this app, screen was unlocked when Spen was released

---------- Post added at 10:59 AM ---------- Previous post was at 10:57 AM ----------

But this is normal behavior for Action Memo and this is an Action Memo.

I agree, but when I write to full screen in this app, in action memo I can't see the whole text/image I have drawn in this app, I see it in a window only.
 

razvantudurache

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It's been a while but here is another app I would like to share with those still using the Note 3 like me while waiting for the Note 6 perhaps.

Screen Off Memo is a feature I like on the Note 5 and so I decided to make one for my Note 3. I have not held a Note 5 yet so I don't know how the screen off memo works except what I saw on video reviews so the app may not be as perfect but it works for what I need it for. Any feedback would be welcome.

Just download below and install. No root required.
I can instal de apk?Why?When i tray to instalate the apk is show eror...

Trimis de pe al meu SM-A800F folosind Tapatalk
 

starbucks2010

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I tried it on a SG Note Edge 5.01. but is not working correctly. I install it and when I remove the SPen the app opens for 1-2 secs and it closes. I don't know if this could be fixed somehow.
 

xperiacle

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@xperiacle man you are amazing. I just installed and it works like a charm.

Thanks Mate.

@xperiacle I missed your genius mate. Thank you. Just a question is it possible to start the app while the screen is off or don´t i just find it? Or because i use the Note 5 Air Command?
Do you have a bit more time now? I think i´ll buy a Note Edge and wait for the Note 7 maybe there is again a sd card slot and i wanne play with the edge.

I think the Screen Off Memo of the Note 5 does not actually mean the screen is off. It is ON but samsung designed the screen off memo app to run before the lockscreen shows up and on exit turns the screen off at the same time. We get the impression that it is off because of the black theme used which is true black on amoled screens. Samsung can do this because it can tweak framework/system code the way it likes and since it is a system app it has almost all the system level permissions to control the device lockscreen. My Screen Off Memo app does not have the system level access to control lockscreen waking up or turning off so to answer your question, NO I don't think it is possible for the app to run with screen actually off.
I also made a clone of the Note 5 Air Command with more shortcuts but I am still polishing it. Will share when I am satisfied with it.
In case you get the Note Edge, I made some edge panel apps that I have not released yet. Just let me know and I will send them to you.

One issue I have is that when I try to reach that note in S Note, I have to pull it down, open in action memo, and then click the S Note icon on the bottom right part of action memo to open it in S Note. Is it possible to make it simpler, so that just clicking in S Note would open it in S Note?

Well saving and opening it directly in Snote app is possible. I am not sure how many users would want the app to behave that way but depending on the number of feedback then I might do it that way in the next update.

Suggestion, would that be possible to prevent the screen to wake up when the S pen is dettached and re-attached back? Like in this video

NO that is unfortunately not possible for a third-party app. See my reply to and2 above.

I can instal de apk?Why?When i tray to instalate the apk is show eror..

The app only works on stock Note 3 TouchWiz rom Lollipop.
 

and2

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I think the Screen Off Memo of the Note 5 does not actually mean the screen is off. It is ON but samsung designed the screen off memo app to run before the lockscreen shows up and on exit turns the screen off at the same time. We get the impression that it is off because of the black theme used which is true black on amoled screens. Samsung can do this because it can tweak framework/system code the way it likes and since it is a system app it has almost all the system level permissions to control the device lockscreen. My Screen Off Memo app does not have the system level access to control lockscreen waking up or turning off so to answer your question, NO I don't think it is possible for the app to run with screen actually off.
Yeah i mean the black screen and after a reboot it works great
I also made a clone of the Note 5 Air Command with more shortcuts but I am still polishing it. Will share when I am satisfied with it.
hurry up :D
In case you get the Note Edge, I made some edge panel apps that I have not released yet. Just let me know and I will send them to you.
Wow, that sound nice. I´ll get it maybe in one month to my 45th birthday.

Thanks for all!
 

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    It's been a while but here is another app I would like to share with those still using the Note 3 like me while waiting for the Note 6 perhaps.

    Screen Off Memo is a feature I like on the Note 5 and so I decided to make one for my Note 3. I have not held a Note 5 yet so I don't know how the screen off memo works except what I saw on video reviews so the app may not be as perfect but it works for what I need it for. Any feedback would be welcome.

    UPDATE - 21 Sept 2015
    - fixed some issues with spen detachment starting the app even when unlocked
    - toned the brightness of the icons as well as the pen strokes to reduce glare and offer more readability
    - fixed issue with pen thickness in the v1.2 (some users like it thicker - I might include some settings to set user prefs in the future)
    - adding new notes will trigger separate notification

    Hopefully the issue specially on the Note 4/Edge has been solved.

    Screen Off Memo version 1.3 can be downloaded below.

    Install and RUN at least once from the app drawer so the app will be registered for the broadcast action when spen is detached. To enable the app to lock the screen when spen is attached, you must activate/enable it in Settings>Security>Device Administrator.

    Based on user feedback I have retained the simplicity of the app. Just added ability to add new memo. Changed some icons for simpler ones. Cleaned up the code a bit to make it run faster and as little footprint as possible. Added option to turn off screen when pen is attached. And of course, it would now run on most Note devices (API 19 & above).


    The app would also run on other Galaxy devices without spen but only when launched from the app drawer. But I am trying to find a way to trigger on the lockscreen maybe via a floating button but still a work in progress. I may work on it if there is demand but otherwise might just focus on the Note series.


    At the moment I am testing an immersive mode version where no virtual buttons on the screen... just a whole screen of black space to doodle on and using sensors to toggle pen and eraser or the toolbar. Still a work in progress though but we'll see....

    Anyway have fun and still your suggestions are welcome. But please keep the thread on topic.

    It is a free app but please don't redistribute it nor modify it for redistribution. I don't mind if you include it in a ROM as long as the info page is intact.

    Credits: BIG THANKS to @and2, @swiss420 and some others I don't know their xda usernames for their support. :)
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    I never expected it will be quite useful to a lot of users. I initially just wanted to use it on the Note 3 (because that is the only device I have) initially just to get feedback but on the next update it should work on all Note devices on kitkat and lollipop. No need to edit build.prop. :) It may even work on the Galaxy S series using finger but it may be pointless as there is no way to trigger it on lockscreen. On the S6 Edge/Edge+ maybe can be launched from the edge panel when screen is off.

    I made some additions like ability to create new memo once you saved the previous one. But I am still deciding if I will add the ability to save as action memo, snote file, or image file. Also I am deciding if it will be wise to include the ability to select pen type, pen color or width, eraser type or width whatever. Also maybe the ability to open saved memos on the lockscreen itself. But then again, Screen Off Memo is supposed to be simple so might as well be simple. What do you think? Voice your opinions so I can make up my mind what to include/not include in the app.
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    who wants to try SOM on Note4 - please go MOD EDIT

    So you just took the liberty to decompile my app and remove the restrictions I built in it, then open a thread of your own distributing my (but now becomes "your") repackaged app? How cool is that! And then come to my thread to direct users to your newly open thread? How even cooler is that!

    There is a good reason why I put restrictions in the app. As it is an initial release, I want to get feedback from fellow note 3 users as the note 3 is the device I am developing on to see which works and which doesn't.

    And I think I made myself clear when I said the next version will support other note devices with some of the features that users suggested. It may have been taking longer for the update but I too have a life outside of xda which I have to work on.

    Now I am slightly reluctant to release the next version.
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    Just uploaded version 1.3 that fixes some issues encountered by a lot of Note 4 users. It contains other fixes and minor additions which you can read in the OP. Download is in the first post. Hopefully I did not miss something again.
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    @xperiacle man you are amazing. I just installed and it works like a charm. [emoji106]

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