NEW! SSContact 1.1.3!! - (updated 30/06/07)

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Guybrush

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SSContact (ScrollingStone project name) is a application similar iContact developed by larna.

Why a similar iContact app ? The reasons are three :
- because I wanna do it by myself...
- because I want add all features that i like...
- because I'm enjoying to code and i'm having fun to see this app growing.

News
30/06/2006 - Released version 1.1.3!! Sorry guys I'm really busy with studies and I've also started a new project (iMedia) so I can't work much on this just in some spare time :(

12/06/2007 - Released version 1.1.0!!
10/06/2007 - Released version 1.0.13RC4!!
08/06/2007 - Released version 1.0.10RC3!!
02/06/2007 - Released version 1.0.4RC2!!
02/06/2007 - Released version 1.0.0RC1!!
26/05/2007 - first beta version released!!
23/05/2007 - first alpha version released!! Still a bit buggy but working.

Features
- Just 19.90Kbyte of memory used.
- Two different Themes (one Light and one Dark)
- One Speed Icon for quick call
- Display Contact using tap on selected item or central key on dpad.
- Settings Dialog to customize the app, settings are stored in registry
- Sort Contacts by First or LastName or File As in Ascendenting/Descendenting order
- Support Landscape/Portrait
- Big Keyboard for quick search inside contacts
- Scrollwheel and DPAD support for scrolling
- Quick search using stylo with alphabetic index on the screen


SSContact and Icontact are different and both fully functional. Under some screenshots (they are bit old but give you an idea). Regards Guybrush
 
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Guybrush

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History and Download

History
Code:
- 20070630 Improved Scrolling speed.
           Search on left index with single tap
           Longer Selection
- 20070612 Optimized Code! Now Just 38 KByte!!
           Full Screen Window without bottom menu toolbar
           Keyboard Shortcut with left DPAD or softkey
           Menu Shortcut with right DPAD or softkey
           Left Index bigger.
- 20070610 Improvement in scrolling performance
           Fixed DialPad Scrolling
           Improved ABC Index search
- 20070608 Little improvement in performance
           Fixed VGA Setting Dialog
           Fixed VGA Keyboard
           Fixed DialPad Scrolling
           Fixed Indicator
           Fixed some minor bugs           
- 20070602 Selection disapper after 1/2 second from first tap 
           Fixed some minor bugs
- 20070602 Improved Scroll Procedure, now should be really smooth!!
           Added Sort by File As
           Changed Company Contacs show
           Easy tap ;)
           Hide Selection during scrolling
           Two different themes (Dark and Light)
           Improved code in many parts
           Changed Icons
           Added about dialog
           Fixed some minor bugs
- 20070526 Added TouchScreen Moving Indicator 
           Changed Call Icon 
           Removed unuseful SMS Icon 
           Fixed Long Names 
           Some code optimization
           Increased Font Contact
- 20070525 Fixed Windows 2003 Registry issue. 
           Fixed bug that open contact inverting sort. 
- 20070524 Same code optimization 
           Added central D-Pad Key to open a contact
           Fixed Double Tap
- 20070523 Direct Phone Dial
           Display Contact 
           Speed Call 
           Fixed Landscape Mode 
- 20070522 Registry support to store settings
           Added setting for sort
- 20070521 Enable/Disable Speed Icons 
           Enable/Disable icons 
           Fixed new default settings to improve scrolling 
- 20075020 Added manually settings for scrolling procedure 
           Added Property Sheet for category settings
- 20070519 Enable/Disable ABC Index
           Added settings Dialog
           changed Keyboard fonts
- 20070518 Sort Contacts Ascendenting/Descendenting
           Added Button to hide Keyboard
           Changed Keyboard Background
           Some little improvement in scroll procedure
           Fixed Selection after a quick search
- 20070517 Added Close Button in menu
           Fixed Ascendenting Sort List
           Added sort by first or lastname
- 20070516 Fixed a Keyboard bug after scrolling 
           Added Landscape/Portrait support
           Added keyboard for quick search

Known issues
- keyboard have to be adjust in landscape mode (still to do!)
- settings controls have to be adjust in landscape mode (still to do!)

Faqs
- I feel SSContact slow in my device, Can I do something ?
- Try to disable graphics contents, it should improve.
- where are settings stored ?
- HKLM/Software/ScrollingStone
- How to unset SSContact from right softkey ?
- After unistall softreset the device, if it doesn't work remove string from HKCU/Software/Microsoft/Today/Keys/113 than softreset the device.
- I've problems with Keyboard. It reappearing when i press Hide. Why ?
- Hide button is used to hide keyboard for a second to show contact beside keyboard, if you want close the keyboard you must touch on OK button.
- where is Keyboard ?
- Left DPAD or left Softkey
- where is setting dialog?
- Right DPAD or right Softkey


Suggestions
- Pictures contacts
- Pictures are heavy for scrolling procedure and they should be too much small for be really usefull.
- Filtering by catergory
- At the moment, I'm not planning to do that, I think it's nice have a long list to scroll and keyboard is quick enogh to not have this feature :)

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Download
Only WM5 version has been tested by me, I don't have a WM2003 or WM6 device to test them but they should work. Zip files have inside a cab, it will set SSContact as default contact app in right softkey. If you don't want it install RemoveSoftKey.cab and softreset the device or just extract file exe or see faqs how to change registry to remove it :)
 

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dbakez

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GB,

I am a newbie in the ppc app development arena and I am curious to know what developer tools/apps did you use to create your app?

FYI.. I will try you app out as well..thx
 

dbakez

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SSContact first blush....

GB,

ok I gave it a spin. My Device is a Cingular 8525 (US) running WM6 (Black 3.01).

The first thoughts:
1. Formating of Contacts. the app shows lastname firstname instead of lastname, first name.
2. I am not seeing all my contacts or its not listing all the contacts in alphabetical order.
3. When I select a contact with my finger or the stylus, nothing happens.
4. It seems that the app is pulling Company info in some instances and contact name in others..very weird.

Suggestions:
It would be cool if you could add/import pictures from the contacts
Filtering by catergory


I think you have a good basis here just continue to work at it..good luck
 

Guybrush

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- application is compiled for WM5 not tested on WM6 so i can't be sure all works properly there.
- Order is guaranteed by List Control and API of Windows CE so it's not my procedure but I'll check... be sure u don't have some space before names.
- Contacts, SMS and Phone are not enabled (it's only a test application not a complete application) so they can only be scrolled but u can't select them :p
- Yes it display company names when company name is present.

About suggestions :

- Pictures are too much heavy and it should make very slow scroll procedure and I Think they should be too much small to be really usefull.
- I'm not planning to add a filtering by categories at the moment, next step is add a Sort by Firstname and Sort by Lastname

Anyway thanks ;)
 
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myRIGHT

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thnx for this cool small application
imate jasjam win2005
my notes:
1- i tried icontact before ,not working with me
2-SSCONTACT, when i tape the contact nothing happen
3- i see that the interface is good by showing the 2 icons of dialing&message beside the name but again nothing happen upon tapping any icon
4- it scrolls only with the nevagtion key of the ppc not by finger!!!
5-the keyboard is stuck and not closed upon tapping except closing X buuton of the program
your suggestions?????????
 

Guybrush

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I don't know... it's strange in your device not works iContact and also my app :) maybe u have some program have make some conflict with them... you should scroll with fingers... keyboard shouldn't stuck ...u can close it tap on OK button... icons and contact aren't enabled it's only a test application, it's the first time I have this report.
 
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Guybrush

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I've already added sorting by first or last name at the moment :) tomorrow I'll post the new version, meanwhile if u found bugs on this report me ;)
 
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fylyp

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wow

ahhh... love those apps... both yours and larnas :)
seriously - great job.

got me all thinking about developing for ppc myself - any chance that you post sources? how difficult ... how time consuming is it? :)
 

Guybrush

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at the moment no. Some parts are more difficult than other but I'm new in ppc programming and first I've to learn to apply so it taking me much time.
 

freeyayo50

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It's great you opened up your own thread. I love to beta test new and developing apps. Even though my device is slower, I will still give comments on your app.

The app so far is running pretty smoothly. A bug I found is with the keyboard quick search feature. There is a person on my contact list named, let's say "Zack"...when I type Z it does not go to the name. This happens for a few other letters with the keyboard as well.
Will you implement phone numbers showing up for names under just Company?

Also, what are the letters on the left side of the screen suppose to do??
 

Guybrush

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during Quick Search with Keyboard you don't see people in the bottom of list just because Keyboard cover them... but search work if u tap Ok you should see them selected , I have to think a solution for that. Company phone is already show but u have to set Business Phone for Company contacts.. Letters on left side can be touched with stylo... letter set focus in first item that start with that letter.
 
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freeyayo50

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during Quick Search with Keyboard you don't see people in the bottom of list just because Keyboard cover them... but search work if u tap Ok you should see them selected , I have to think a solution for that. Company phone is already show but u have to set Business Phone for Company contacts.. Letters on left side can be touched with stylo... letter set focus in first item that start with that letter.

I see what your saying. But still, when im at the top of the list than type Z on the keyboard, the list still doesn't scroll down to focus on that contact.

The phone number for the company in my contacts is put in the "Company tel." spot. This app can't read the company tel?

The letters on the side of the screen are too small to have real functionality. They are too hard to tap.
 

shamus

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I have TyTN with WM6 so it's not working properly I hope you'll make it work on WM6 soon. I would like to see some feature I'm missing in both iContacts and your app could you make it neverending scrolling? I mean that when you go to the end of contacts (Z) and scroll down more it will take you to the beginning (A) and the same form beginning (A) to the end (Z)? I hope you'll understand what I mean :)
 

Guybrush

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sorry guys I don't have a device with WM2003 and WM6 so i cannot test it on them, I can compile and run on emulator but it's not the same thing... btw I'll try only when WM5 version is complete.

@freeyayo50, search doesn't work inside items but always from first char... the control in Windows Mobile can't search into substring... that's sad but i can't do nothing, so if your friend is called Zack and you don't remenber is Lastname i suggest to change order from Last First to First Last and perform search with new order, i've attached a new version.
 
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