A big update is slowly being pushed out that mainly focuses on making the app more comfortable to use. The biggest change is that Target round now uses the same scorecard that Scorecard round. That gives the Target round a new fresh look and also unifies the user experience between the round types. Target round now also supports landscape orientation that should be really useful for tablet users. The on-screen proportions of the scorecard can now be dynamically changed by dragging the small icon between them.
An often-requested feature of showing numbers with corresponding color on the scorecard was also added. This option can be turned on from the menu and currently only works for rounds with FITA target face.
FITA target face now uses correct colors and should feel more natural. For all target faces, the ring separator lines scale with zoom from now on and show properly when saved as an image. Also the small pinhole cross was added to the FITA target and the large central “X” to NFAA target face.
For other small changes have a look at the changelog.
Big changes to Target round
Update 1.5 is now being incrementally made available in Google Play. It may take some time for the automatic update to be made available to you. This allows a bit more time to fix potential serious bugs and publish an update.
The biggest change in this version is the option to send exported spreadsheets and images with email, skype etc or share them to other apps like Google Drive. For Android version 4.4 and up, there’s a change in where exported files get saved. There were some security changes made that prevented using the Scoringhelper folder in the root of the external storage/SD card. Now images are saved to /Pictures/Scoringhelper folder and spreadsheets to /Documents/Scoringhelper. For Android 4.3 and below, nothing has changed in this regard.
Another new feature is that app settings and rounds get backed up to Google cloud regularly. This means that when you re-install the app on another device, all your settings should be automatically restored. :)
This update adds a new target face for NFAA rounds. There’s no built in round templates for it at the moment so to use it, you have to create a custom round.
Also new is a option for light theme in the app preferences. This inverts the colors in target and scorecard views that will hopefully make it easier to see outdoors.
Based on user feedback, I have also added a third mode to target round “Show grouping center”. This allows ignoring all the missed shots when calculating grouping center. This functionality can only be activated if there’s at least one missed shot and adds a third state besides On and Off to the menu button.
The biggest change is probably to the “Save as excel” functionality. When activating it, a new dialog will pop up that allows customizing the excel output.
First, you can choose if the distance score tables are placed from left-to-right (each table is added to the right of the previous one) or top-to-bottom (added below the previous one). When the round has multiple archers, there’s an option to create a separate sheet for each archer. In the next update I’ll try to add the possibility to send excel files by email.
Version 1.3 of the app has been released to Google Play.
This update mostly changes the visual side of the app. Menus have been updated to efficiently use the actionbar. Most used actions have been added to the top of the screen for quick access. Round loading activity has now also been reworked and allows to delete or lock multiple rounds at the same time. Unfortunately these changes only affect devices with Android version 3.0 or greater.
Scorecard round now has different keyboard layouts for imperial and field archery rounds. App settings has a new option for different scorecard round keyboard background. Some devices have a problem where the keyboard has white text on white keys. Enabling this new option adds a gray background behind the keys.
This update mainly focuses on making the scorecard view smoother to scroll and scale. On devices running Android 3.0 and higher, scorecard view now uses hardware rendering. Performance for devices running older versions should also improve but not as considerably. Using hardware rendering also gets rid of the annoying twitchy text on Android 3.0 and greater.
A couple of new features also made it’s way into this update. It is now possible to lock rounds so that no new shots could be added or the existing ones edited. Locking and unlocking option is toggled through the context menu of the selected round in load round screen. That is holding the finger on a round for a few second. The other new option is to delete shots in scorecard view. It works like deleting shots in the target mode – by doing a long click on the score that should get deleted.
Finally got the time to finish all the new features I had planned for 1.1. The most notable new feature is multiple archer support – it is now possible to enter the scores of 2 or more archers into the same round. Target-type round flinging is a bit different for multiple archers. Flinging left or right chooses the previous or next archer. Flinging up or down switches the distances for the currently selected archer.
Imperial target face was also added but not the round templates for it. At the moment everyone interested in scoring imperial rounds has to create their own templates with this target face. If you want to see templates also added, please send me the detailed specifications of it, including name, distances, end count, arrows per end, target size.
A more detailed list of what has changed with this version is available on the Changelog page.
The app has progressed quite a lot since the last update but a lot of the features are not mature enough to force onto everyone. Finishing this version will take a lot more time and so that users wouldn’t think that I have abandoned the app, I will upload my development version for everyone to try and give feedback. I have also made a lot of code refactoring and changes ‘under the hood’ so there may be some new bugs introduced with this version. The list of changes is available here.
If you are interested, here are the instructions for installing the beta version:
- Though your data should be safe, make sure you back it up before installing the development version!
- Android does not allow installing apps that are not downloaded from Market by default. You have to allow installation of non-Market apps in your device’s settings menu. On my phone, it is located at Settings -> Security -> Unknown sources, but it may be different for other devices.
- Download the apk file (edit: link removed since the version was uploaded to Google Play) with your phone’s internet browser and run it. You can also transfer it to your phone through computer but then you have to use a file manager, like Astro, to run it.
Here are the things I still need to do:
- Show archer names or sort by archer on round details screen
- Show archer names or sort by archer on edit notes and view notes screens
- Saving as excel worksheet does not show archer names
- Scorecard view does not jump to next archer when finishing an end
I will try to keep the file in this post as up to date as possible. So whenever something gets implemented or fixed, the download link will be updated.