Thursday, August 28, 2014

NoteCase Pro for Android v1.0.6. release

NoteCase Pro for Android v1.0.6. has just been released.
Download is now available at

NoteCase Pro for Android is the companion app to NoteCase Pro desktop program, and supports the .ncdb and .ncde (encrypted) file formats, so the same files can be shared between desktop and Android editions.

It can be activated by buying the 2USD license through PayPal (use "Buy Now" at the page) or by using the "All OSes, lifetime" license for the desktop version of the program. When shopping, please leave your email, so that after the payment, I can send you the key file in the email.

Installation instructions for your Android device:
    - prerequisites: program requires Android 3.0 or newer
    - download the .apk file and transfer it from your to your phone's SD card
    - enable installing applications from unknown source ("Settings" > "Applications" > "Unknown Sources" check box)
    - use some file manager application installed on your phone/tabled to click on the Notecase.apk file to start the installation
      ("ES File Explorer" free file manager app is a good choice)
    - if you get problem installing the app, try uninstalling the previous version first
    - copy your license key to your SD card root folder (usually named "/sdcard" or "/mnt/sdcard")
    - start the app

    - uses .ncdb and .ncde file format identical to the one used in the desktop version
    - you can create a new document or open an existing document file
    - Tree Pane is displayed featuring the hierarchical tree of your document notes
    - basic note operations supported in the Tree Pane are: insert, delete, rename
    - short click on the note title in the Tree Pane open Text Pane featuring rich text formatting editor
    - there are two different GUIs, one for phones and one for tablets (landscape mode) embedded in the same app
    - in the file open dialog, there is an additional way to navigate to the parent folder by using the swipe from right to left gesture action
    - you can create a shortcut to selected document on your phone's desktop

Changes in the new release:
    - you can now exit "Tag List" view with right to left swipe, returning to Tree View
    - file dialog now supports file rename operation through list item context menu
    - Tag List view now has a title in the main action bar, not using separate label anymore
    - you can now add, remove or view note attachments through the Tree View context menu item
    - on Back button press in main form, ask user for close confirmation (preventing accidental closing)
    - support to insert pictures from file or from gallery (only from camera was supported before)
    - support to format text color and text background color using color picker window
    - new icons for formatting action buttons within the note text editor
    - support for "remove formatting" editor action
    - support for strike-through text formatting action (button visible only in landscape mode due to lack of screen space in portrait mode)
    - issues with applying colors on older Android phones, older versions of WebView chrome using special formatting tag: font class="Apple-style-span" color="#da2e2e" style="background-color: rgb(60, 210, 24);"
- show attachment icon in tree view next to the notes that have files attached
    - much faster saving changes for notes having the complex content with lot of formatting (test note saving time went from 1700msec down to 118msec)
    - add long-press tool-tips for rich text editor buttons (similar to ones already present for the icons in the action bar)
    - fix: links can not be activated if the note text is editable (added toolbar button, currently visible only in landscape mode, to activate link on text cursor)
    - add support for tags like: i style="background-color: rgb(187, 30, 30);" (fixes rare cases of issues with colors)
    - fix: when opening encrypted document, when the password input is closed with Back key, the behavior should be equal as if the Cancel was pressed
    - fix: important issue with sqlite database doing random "unable to open database file" errors
    - updated internal sqlite database to latest v3.8.6
    - fix: add support for text alignment formatting (left,right,center,justify)
    - Croatian translation updated
    - Chinese Traditional translation updated (work by Richard Sun)
    - Polish translation updated (work by Kamil Dembkowski)
    - French translation updated (work by Jeff Malka)
    - Chinese translation updated (work by Stephen Zhu)
    - Finnish translation updated (work by Ville Pilviö)
    - German translation updated (work by Marcus Hennig)

Feedback is appreciated. I am interested in your design and general ideas, bug reports, ...
If you would like to donate the program translation for your language, feel free to contact me.


Dmitriy Dotsenko said...

It would be nice to have a page where all features of NoteCase for Android are listed. I tried to find a page of NoteCase on Google Play but the program seems absent from there. Now the list of features given in this post is very small. It seems that Android version has all features of Windows version, though I'm sure it's not so. Maybe you can make a page on your website with a table of all features of Android version in a table comparing features in Lite and Activated versions. I also wonder if plugins and scripts can be used with Android version. Most likely no.

Adriatic said...

Thanks for the suggestion. You are right that Android version supports only subset of features, will create a dedicated web page soon.