Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Notifications Reader: Importing custom notification rule sets

With release 1.0.4 of Notifications Reader comes experimental support for adding additional predefined rule sets for some common android applications.

This feature is still under development and subject to change.

A Notification Rule Set is a collection of rules defined in a .nr-rule file.  A few initial rules sets are available below:

Facebook
Twitter
Instagram
Dropbox
Skype

You can also load the latest set of Android System and Google Apps Notification Rules. Loading this rule set will overwrite any rules changes you have made to the initial set of default rules loaded when you first installed the app.

Loading Rule Sets

To load the rule set the rule file must first be transfer to the devices storage and opened using a suitable file manager application. The file must have a .nr-rule extension. When selecting the file you should be given the option to complete action or open the file using Notification Rules. Loading rule sets from Dropbox, using the Dropbox app will also work, however trying to load notification rule files for Google Drive is known not to work at this time. Direct install from the web link is coming soon...

Reloading a rule set will overwrite any changes you have made to the rules previously loaded from the same rules file.

Creating your own rules sets

Creating a rule set is an excellent way to backup your notification rule changes, transfer rules to another device, or to create a rule set to share with others. The structure of the rule set is a simple json format with multiple rule definitions in a single json array.

Rule sets can be created directly from the Notifications Reader app by selecting one of more rules for the Rules List and choosing export and selecting a suitable app the send the export data to. Send to Dropbox for example will allow saving directly to a file (remember to save with a .nr-rule file extension to enable re-importing)

Two key attributes in the rule definition are the source and sourceId which are used to uniquely identify each rule. The source can be any value to identify the creator of the rule (along with any sub-packaging), and the sourceId must be unique within the with scope of the source. When a notification rule file is re-loaded rules matching the source/sourceId will be updated with the new rule definitions.

Share you custom rule sets

If you create any interesting rule sets share them in the comments below or send then to jabanaki@gmail.com

Friday, September 19, 2014

Is Google trying to kill off indie Android app developers?!

A surprising and somewhat alarming new requirement for developers that publish apps on Google Play. Starting in October developers are required to provide a physical address. After you've added an address, it will be available on your app's detail page to all users on Google Play

What! As an independent, part-time, hobbyist app developer this means I have to make my personal home address readily available to ALL USERS of Google Play.

I already get enough junk and spam email sent to the published developer contact email address on Google Play (which is also now mandatory, and I have no issue with). What will happen when my address is publicly posted, not just to paying customer, but all users of the Google Play.

This clearly a personal privacy issue for indie developers.  What risk will I but placing my family in. There is no guidance yet if a P.O. Box address will be allowed, although I doubt it as P.O. Boxes are generally considered as a mailing address, not a physical address. Even if it is, for the small income that many indie developers get from their apps its probably not worth the extra hassle and $150 a year rental.

Maybe there's a business opportunity here for some enterprising person to rent a small office and act as proxy physical address for all indie app developers in local area (for a small fee).  But without any clear way forward at this time there is a good chance that all the of Jabanaki apps will be pulled from Google Play in the near future. 

More discussion on this topic on the thread over at Phandroid


Tuesday, September 16, 2014

New App! Notifications Reader

Try the new Notifications Reader app. Now available on Google Play

Turn system and application notifications into hearable text-to-speech alerts

Notifications Reader gives your applications a voice. Augment the default application notification beeps, clicks, pops and chimes with customizable text-to-speech alerts. Use Notifications Reader to read text messages, say who a new email is from, or when announce when a background task is complete.

"You have a new email from John Doe. Lets meet for lunch today"
"New message from Jane: I'll be 10 minute late"
"Invoice.pdf download complete."

Custom notification rules define the desired text-to-speech behavior for system and application notifications. Several default rules are pre-configured, and as new application notifications are discovered new rules are automatically created that can be modified to change the text-to-speech output.

By using advanced notification matching patterns different speech output can be set depending on the content of the notification.

Notification Reader

Saturday, November 23, 2013

New look Launcher Icons



The TodoToday icons are getting a refreshed look to have a more crisp modern feel that should look good on the latest hi-res phones and tablets.

The TodoToday icon hasn't changed a great deal over the years, originally based on a set of free calendar icons from sotak.co.uk
original by sotak.co.uk  
TodoToday 2010
TodoToday 2011
TodoToday 2013




Wednesday, May 29, 2013

TodoToday for Nozbe 2.1

TodoToday for Nozbe gets a make-over.  Version 2.1 for Android 2.3.3 and up brings an updated UI and many new features:

  • Multiple account support
  • Offline support
  • Background sync
  • View tasks by Project
  • Search
  • Enhance sort and filter
  • Updated Home Screen Widget
  • Contacts integration for Shared tasks

Now available on Google Play

Sunday, March 31, 2013

TodoToday for TeuxDeux is back

TodoToday for TeuxDeux is back, and updated to work with the Neux TeuxDeux. TodoToday for TeuxDeux version 2.1 (for Android 4 and up) brings support for the new "named" someday task lists and creating repeating tasks.

Special thanks to Jonnie (@destroytoday) for the assistance getting to grips with the new TeuxDeux API.

Please report any issues via the customer feedback site, or email support@jabanaki.com

TodoToday for TeuxDeux
TodoToday for TeuxDeux Pro

Sunday, March 17, 2013

TodoToday for TeuxDeux discontinued (for now)

Sadly due to the recent update to Teuxdeux.com service (Neux Teux Deux), TodoToday for TeuxDeux is being discontinued until such time as an updated official (or un-official) API for TeuxDeux is available.

The team behind TeuxDeux have never officially supported an open API for third party applications. TodoToday for TeuxDeux was made possible by the hard work of Jan-Eric Rediger (badboy) who reverse engineered the original TeuxDeux API https://github.com/badboy/teuxdeux

As TodoToday for TeuxDeux no longer works with the new TeuxDeux service, availability and development is discontinued.

UPDATE: According the the TeuxDeux FAQ an official API is planned. No ETA is provided, but when the official API is available TodoToday for TeuxDeux will be updated as quickly as possible.