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Fwd: Tomboy 0.1.0 preview


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From: Olivier Bilodeau <olivier@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Wed, Apr 8, 2009 at 2:11 PM
Subject: Re: [Tomdroid-dev] Tomboy 0.1.0 preview
To: pjv <ezelspinguin@xxxxxxxxx>

Thanks for trying out the app!

I've included some replies below.
 On Tue, Apr 7, 2009 at 1:23 PM, pjv <ezelspinguin@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> Hi Olivier,
> I looked at your Tomdroid apk on my ADP1 device after copying over all
> (that's a lot ;-)) of my gnome Tomboy 0.10.2 notes.
> I have many big remarks that should give you enough feedback for a
> while:
> - Not doing the Android lifecycle mgmt. is quite a big flaw for me.
> Porting really doesn't suffice. To become really workable and usable you
> will need to follow the Android way. There's really no excuse for this.
> It just means your app will go crashing a whole lot if used together
> with other apps (or in any real situation).

yes, aware of that, its *definitely* going to be in the next release. By the
way, I didn't even port, its more a compatible reimplementation. I have not
looked at how they did to avoid licensing issues (I'm GPLv3 and tomboy is
LGPL with APL v2 parts).

> - For the About box in your app I invite you to use OI About from
> http://www.openintents.org instead. This gives you something very
> similar to the gtk about box and above all something shared between
> apps.

Won't this require users to have oi about installed?

> - Loading the notes list (the initial screen) takes a bit of time,
> probably due to the amount of notes that need to be read. You could
> start displaying a note's title as soon as it is loaded. See the Shelves
> example. The same goes for loading long notes in the notes view.

Yes, I realized that I screwed up with the way I use threads, it'll get that
fixed for next release.

> - The notes list window deviates a little bit from the Android standard
> in terms of gui. The height of the items is variable (a single line is
> too small for my fingers). Only the text on a line is clickable.

I used a listActivity and put the font bigger because it was too small. I
thought that doing so would have the whole line clickable.. I'll look into
this also.

> - In a note the linkify differs from the linkify in Tomboy. For instance
> a link containing a " &"("<space><ampersand>") was not entirely blue and
> underlined (broken up in 2 links except for the " &" part). Is the
> recognition of note titles in a note body different than in Tomboy? The
> new second link still appeared to point to a valid title. But that title
> was also not entirely blue and contained an "&".

Yes the "linkification" logic is different, I expect problems. Plase open a
bug and attach a sample note and maybe a screenshot, that would help a lot.

> - Pressing menu button goes back when viewing a note. I was expecting
> options to edit a note there, or even better I was expecting to edit
> right away (as in the Notepad sample).

Editing is planned but not there yet. I will try to branch and change the
TextView to an EditView and see how that goes.

> - Notebook templates from Tomboy are treated as notes.

open bug and describe expected behavior please

> - It seems you also use the linkify functionality of Android. It would
> be welcome if that would differ from the Tomboy wiki links in color. For
> instance dates are wrongly recognised as telephone numbers (that's and
> Android issue: http://code.google.com/p/android/issues/detail?id=1708).
I'll check what I can do in that regard for the wiki links. But the Linkify
class is not very flexible..

> You can also remove the disclaimer warning in the
> app I think.

Once I am following android's app lifecycle, I will get rid of the message.

Thanks for all the great feedback!! Keep it coming!

Olivier Bilodeau <olivier@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>

Olivier Bilodeau <olivier@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>

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