Friday, 19 August 2011

New Site!

To better sort, manage and display information, this blog has now been replaced by a brand new website at Please point your bookmarks to the new location =)

Thursday, 14 July 2011

Orientation Control Update! (Version 1.1)

A new version of Orientation Control has been released!

- The icon used for the notification status bar shortcut now reflects the currently active orientation mode
- Selector switch now shows the currently active orientation
- Added a reverse landscape mode (Android os 2.3.1 [Gingerbread] and above only)
- Added both black and white status bar icons, and changed its graphics
- Added extra options in Orientation Control settings to control the notification display: Status Bar Icon, White Notification Text

Tuesday, 5 July 2011

Orientation Control released!

Orientation control is the first TRUE orientation locking app that can lock the orientation in LANDSCAPE or PORTRAIT mode.
NO rooting required!

Orientation Control serves two main purposes:
1. As an orientation lock
2. As an easy to access orientation switch shortcut. No more going through the long process of opening Settings > Display to change your orientation!

Orientation Control can lock the orientation to FOUR modes:
1. Landscape
2. Portrait (Same as disabling auto rotate in phone's settings)
3. Forced Portrait (Always in portrait regardless of app!)
4. Auto Rotate

How to use:
When Orientation Control is installed, there will be two application shortcuts available in the application list:

- Orientation Control
Launch this to configure switch modes, orientation behavior and switch shortcuts.

- Orientation Switch
This is the application shortcut that can be run from anywhere to switch orientation easily. You can run this by:
(a) Selecting it from the application list
(b) Creating an application shortcut on home screen
(c) Creating a quick launch keyboard shortcut(if available) in the phone's settings. (settings > Application > Quick Launch)
(d) Long-pressing the Search Button (Can be enabled or disabled)
(e) From the notification status bar shortcut (Can be enabled or disabled)
(f) Any third party-apps that can launch an application

Two different modes:
An orientation selector will be shown when Orientation Switch is run

Cycle through the different orientation modes when Orientation Switch is run

Because of the way Orientation Control forces the Orientation in Landscape/Forced Portrait modes, certain applications that do not support that orientation might not display properly (such as full-screen games which are only in landscape being forced to portrait). Simply switch the orientation to Portrait or Auto Rotate mode when this happens.
 Currently listed for $0.99 on the Android Market.

Monday, 27 June 2011

Percent Calculator+ v1.4.3

Percent Calculator+ is a simple and easy to use percent calculator designed for anyone who wants to perform percentage calculations. Features include:
  • Percentage - Input a number and % to get the percentage of that number. (i.e. 100 and 20% = 20% of 100 is 80)
  • Discount - Input a number and % to calculate the number after it has been subtracted by the percentage. (i.e. 100 - 20% is 80)
  • % Increment - Input a number and % to calculate the number after has been incremented by the percentage. (i.e. 100 + 20% is 120)
  • Percent Of - Input two numbers to calculate the percentage of the first number based on the second number. (i.e. 20 and 100 = 20 is 20% of 100)
  • Before Discount / Mark Up - Calculate original value of a number before it has been reduced by a percentage. (i.e. 100 and 10% = 100 before 10% discount is 111.1)
  • Before Increment - Calculate original value of a number before it has been increased by a percentage. (i.e. 100 and 10% = 100 before 10% increment is 90.9)
  • Percent Change - Calculate the percentage change from one number to another number. (i.e. 10 and 15 = An increment of 50%)
  • Tip Calculator - Calculate tips and bill split.
Percent Calculator+ also supports rounding to decimal places. Configure the amount of decimal places you would like to see the answer displayed as inside the settings menu.

More features to come! I will be implementing more features into the calculator over time. Please do not hesitate to provide suggestions or feedback on what type of features you would like to see in the calculator.

- Enabled moving app to SD card for supported OS versions (Android 2.2 and above).
- To provide a better user experience, ads have been redesigned to only show at the very bottom of the screen, and is hidden when the soft keyboard is activated.
- Fixed an issue with soft keyboard not showing the decimal symbol in Android 2.2 and above.
- Changed minimum Android OS to 1.6.

- Added a tip calculator
- Added a few extra settings in the settings menu
- Minor changes to UI behaviour for better usability

- Fixed a bug that was causing the calculator to crash if too big numbers are used in the Tip Calculator

- Switch between calculators easily! Swiping left or right on the screen now switches between the different type of calculators. This can be disabled in the settings menu.
- Fixed a bug that sometimes causes crashes when a physical keyboard is slided out
- Added a history list

- Added support for android 1.5 (Cupcake). Note that this may cause the app to show that it is using the READ_PHONE_STATE and WRITE_EXTERNAL_STORAGE permission in android versions 1.6 or higher. This is due to 1.5 requesting the permission implicitly and 1.6 onwards requesting the permission explicitly. This app DOES NOT use those permissions in ANY way!

- Fixed some minor bugs
- Fixed an issue that was causing the calculator to display horribly on certain screen resolutions

- Changed to a more calculator friendly keyboard.
- Fixed a bug that was causing the wrong decimal seperator symbol to be shown on locales that use comma as a decimal seperator.

- Added an option that allows pressing the phone's search button for quickly opening the history list

- Made some minor cosmetic changes to the keyboard

- Added typing sounds to the keyboard. Adjust the volume (or mute it!) in the calculator settings.
- Added a popup preview of keys pressed on the keyboard

Download Links:



Android Market

Sunday, 19 June 2011

Bar Shortcuts v1.1.3

Add shortcuts to your notification bar like how you would add them to your home screen.

Gain control of your notification bar now and make use of all that wasted space.

Any shortcut that can be created on the home screen can also be created on the notification bar using Bar Shortcuts. Create shortcuts for :
  • applications
  • direct dial
  • direct message
  • music playlists
  • bookmarks
  • phone settings and more..
The application requests the Call Permission in order to create direct dialing shortcuts.

- Removed ads!
- Folders have been added! Group your shortcuts together into folders that can be launched from the notification status bar.

- Fixed a bug that was sometimes causing the application to crash on first time run after installation

- Added an option to display the notification as "Notifications" rather than Ongoing. Access this through Menu-> Settings-> Notification Type. Note that due to a limitation in the way Android notifications work, choosing this will cause Ongoing Notifications from other applications to be pushed to the right. I highly recommend showing the notifications as Ongoing for a better experience.

- Really fixed the bug that was causing the app to crash the first time it is run after installation

Download Links :

Android Market