Another update for the app is finally available.
Now all those built-in round templates are deletable. So if you never use the WA/FITA rounds, you can just delete them all to make room for your custom templates. Like round names, distance names are no longer required to be filled. There’s also changes to how error messages are displayed and some other general usability improvements.
Sadly, support for older versions of Android has been dropped in this version and also any future updates. This was a long way coming because a lot of the cool stuff relies on modern versions of the platform. The next major update is supposed to get a nice sortable and filterable table for comparing your scores. The current change to round templates actually makes way for the new functionality but there’s still a lot of work to be done.
An update is being gradually rolled out. This completely removes the activity with “new” and “load” buttons that pops up when the app is started. Instead of that, the app now goes straight to Round list. Creating new rounds is now possible though a button in the menu. The round type (Scorecard-only or Target) choice is moved to the start of the New round activity for convenience.
Another new functionality is that saved rounds can be searched by name. Just hit the magnifying glass icon in the menu and type away.
As Google recently added Estonia to the list of countries that can sell apps, this finally makes it possible to offer a paid option for removing ads. There’s now a “Remove ads” button in the menu of the Round list activity. This opens up Google Play’s in-app billing and for a one-time purchase to remove all ads from the app. It’s also possible that in next updates some new features might be added that are only active when the Premium upgrade has been purchased. Anyone who purchases the ad-free upgrade will also get any premium functionality in the future.
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.