Android Apps from CanalRun
ASLAlpha ASLAlpha is an App that will help you learn the ASL (American Sign Language) finger spelling alphabet.
ASL Alpha Quiz Learn and practice ASL (American Sign Language) numbers and the fingerspelling alphabet.
T-Scribe T-Scribeis an app that will let you quickly Enter, Save, and Restore notes and memos.
Scrabble Aid Scrabble Aid is an app that will help you become a better Scrabbleâ„¢ player.
Hangman Plus Hangman Plus includes a realistic looking pirate (?) on a dock with gallows (??) in an isolated cove of Treasure Island (???).
ASL Hangman The classic game hangman with a twist.
Comic Sho If  you're like me, the first thing you do in the morning is read the comics section in the newspaper.
Comic Sho Plus Adds increased useable screen area, no ads, and other features.
MagnifEye MagnifEye is a quick and easy app for Android that turns your phone or tablet into a magnifying glass.
Spell Me Pleeze Given a jumble of letters and a hint, spell the word correctly.
No Vowels for U Given a word (minus the vowels) and a hint, spell the word correctly.
Finger Spell ASL Finger Spell ASL was created to help practice receptive Fingerspelling skills.
Macro Keys
CanalRun Macro Keys provides a simple replacement soft keyboard with macro function capability.
Pics Match 'Em
Uncover the matching picture tiles.
Jumble Aid Helps to solve mixed-up letter (anagram) puzzles.
GPSTrak
See your location on a map. Support for offline maps; drop breadcrumbs, set flags.
Resistor Aid Quickly and easily decode resistor bands.
Speed Memo Speed Memo lets you quickly and easily create memos, notes, and reminders:
Speed Memo Plus Additional features in the Plus version: share by email, sort by date or priority
FingerSpell Quiz Practice receptive finger spelling with this quiz-game.
FingerSpell Quiz Plus Increased screen area, custom word lists, and multi-player features are available in the plus version.
Don't Get Lost GPS application to help find your way even without a Wi-Fi or cellular data connection.
Distant Eyes Send audio and video between two Android devices or a device and a PC.
 
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ASLAlpha
CanalRun
e-mail: android@canalrun.com

link: canalrun.apps.aslalpha



ASLAlpha is an App that will help you learn the ASL (American Sign Language) finger spelling alphabet. In Learning Mode, it shows an ASL sign and the corresponding alphabetic character. You can step forward or backward through the alphabet or select Random to display the next character chosen at random.

The two Quiz modes let you choose to see either the Sign or the Character chosen at random with a "?" displayed for the other. Tap the "?" to reveal the hidden item.


Instructions:
ASLAlpha opens in the Learning Mode.
  • Press the Next ">" or Previous "<" buttons to navigate forward or backwards through the alphabet.
  • Press the Random button to step through the alphabet randomly upon pressing the Next button. The Previous button is disabled in Random mode.
  • Press the Android Menu key and tap the Settings button to choose between the Learning mode, Quiz mode 1, and Quiz mode 2. Both quiz modes disable the Previous button and turn on random mode.
  • Press the Android Menu key and tap the About button to show this help and information page.


QR: canalrun.apps.aslalpha

ASL Alpha Quiz
CanalRun
e-mail: android@canalrun.com

link: canalrun.apps.aslaq



ASLAlpha Quiz will help you learn and practice ASL (American Sign Language) numbers and the fingerspelling alphabet.

In Review mode it shows an ASL fingerspelling handshape for the selected letter or number.

In Quiz mode you are presented with a letter or number handshape and a choice of 4, 8, or 12 possible answers. Choose the correct answer or press the "?" to reveal the answer.

Press the Android "Menu" button to change settings, view the help file, or visit CanalRun's website.

Main Page:

  •   Pressing the Review button allows you to view the handshapes for the numbers 0 – 10 and the letters of the alphabet.
    • Press one of the number or letter buttons in the two right-hand rows. On most devices these rows scroll horizontally.

  •   In Quiz mode the handshape representing a number, 0 –10, or letter is chosen at random. The handshape is shown on the left with a "?" displayed beneath. Either 4, 8, or 12 possible answers are shown on the right. Pick the correct answer. A new handshape is then chosen at random.
    • Press the "?" to cheat – the answer will be revealed.
    • Above the answer choice buttons, the number of handshapes asked, the number of handshapes skipped (cheats), and your score are displayed.

  • Pressing the Android Menu button brings up choices to open the settings page, open this help page, or to visit the CanalRun website.

Settings Page:

  • Include letters, numbers, or both in the Quiz mode.

  • Choose the number of possible answers presented in Quiz mode – 4, 8, or 12.

  • In Quiz mode set the delay time between a correct answer and display of a new handshape to Short (1 sec), Medium (2 sec), or Long (3 sec).

FAQ:

Q. What's up with those weird menu icons?

A. The menu icons show the American Sign Language (ASL) handshapes and signs for:

  • Sign for "pick" (pull back slightly) to represent picking or choosing settings.
  • Sign for "help" (upward motion).
  • Handshape for "W" suggesting "website".


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                      canalrun.apps.tscribe

T-Scribe
CanalRun
e-mail: android@canalrun.com

link: canalrun.apps.tscribe







T-Scribe
is an app that will let you quickly Enter, Save, and Restore notes and memos. It uses the voice recognition interface allowing you to dictate memos, then save them to be restored later.

This app was originally developed to take advantage of Android's voice recognition capability. Being nearly deaf, sometimes there are words and phrases that I just cannot understand no matter how many times they are repeated. I had people write it down on paper, but now they just speak into my phone and the words appear as a memo.

I have found I use T-Scribe for many other functions - remembering names, phone numbers, and appointments. I also use the quick "copy to clipboard" ability to preload words and phrases (my email addess for example) for pasting into other apps.



Instructions:
T-Scribe opens to the notepad on the main page.
  • Press the Input button to open the voice recognition interface and enter a new memo or add to the existing memo.
  • The Clear button removes all the text from the notepad.
  • Tap Save to open the save-memo page. At the top is a title prefilled with the first few words of the memo - you can modify this. Beneath that is a copy of the memo text that will he saved. Press the Save button to save the title and memo. Or, press the Cancel button to return directly to the main page without saving.
  • Back on the main page, the Rstre (this stands for "Restore") button lets you retrieve a memo that has been previously saved.
  • Press the Rstre button. You will be taken to the restore page and shown a list (title and date) of all the saved memos. Tap on a list item to restore it and be taken back to the main page. Perform a long-click (press on an item for 2 seconds or more) to open a short actions dialog. Choose one of the four actions - Restore the memo, Restore the memo and also Copy the memo text to the clipboard, Delete the memo (you'll be asked for confirmation), or Cancel and just return to the main page.
  • Back on the main page, pressing the Android Menu button gives you the opportunity to view this about page.


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                      canalrun.apps.scrblaid

Scrabble Aid
CanalRun
e-mail: android@canalrun.com

link: canalrun.apps.scrblaid






Scrabble Aid
is an app that will help you become a better Scrabbleâ„¢ player. It will check to be sure a word is in its scrabble dictionary, and it will find the anagrams for available Board and Bar letters. it sorts its results by word score and length, although it does not account for double and triple squares.

This app has a very simple and intuitive interface. It even allows you to cancel its anagram search function, which can take a minute or two.

Instructions:
Scrabble Aid opens to the main "search & find" page.
  • In the top section on the main page, tap in the edit box adjacent to the Find button. The keypad will open (Hint: you can enter words and letters using Android's Voice Recognition interface). Enter a word and press Find. A dialog will show confirming "Found" or "Not Found".
  • Add the letters from your Bar and the playable letters from the Board into the two edit boxes in the middle section. Use the question mark, "?", character in the bar letters to represent the wildcard game-piece. The anagram search result will contain one of the letters from the list of Board letters. In addition, as many Bar letters as possible are used to complete the anagram. Press Search. A dialog with a progress bar and a cancel button will appear. Press the Cancel button to stop the search.
  • When the search completes, you are taken to the Results page and shown a list of the anagrams found, with their word scores. Tap one of the words to select it, or perform a long click to open the Result Actions dialog.
  • You will be brought back to the main page and the selected word is shown in the bottom section. Clicking Last Results will bring you back to the Results page.


Scrabbleâ„¢ is a registered trademark owned in the United States and Canada by Hasbro, Inc., and in Great Britain and everywhere else in the world, by J.W. Spear & Sons PLC, a subsidiary of Mattel.

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                      canalrun.apps.hmplus

Hangman Plus
CanalRun
e-mail: android@canalrun.com

Google Play: canalrun.apps.hmplus

Amazon: CanalRun-Hangman-Plus






Hangman Plus includes a realistic looking pirate (?) on a dock with gallows (??) in an isolated cove of Treasure Island (???).

It's the classic game of hangman with features that make it especially suitable for educators and language studies. The included Word List contains over 3000 words and phrases. You can customize or replace the Word List.

  • Hangman Plus opens to the main display page displaying the Hangman Graphic, the Game Word, and a scrollable List of Letters to choose from.
  • Find the word by tapping letters. The letters can only be chosen once each game. They are shown grayed once chosen.
  • Tap the Game Word to show the answer or to begin a new game.
  • The Android menu has options to show the help file, edit the word list, and choose game settings.

This version of Hangman Plus adds several new features:
  • Makes better use of available screen area
  • Both portrait and landscape modes are supported
  • More words and phrases were added to the word list


Instructions:
  Hangman Plus opens to the main "viewing" page.

The Game Word Bar is shown at the left. Unknown letters are represented with a hyphen. Solved letters are shown in their correct position within the word. Tapping anywhere on the Game Word Bar will either show the solution or begin a new game.

The Android Menu Button Is shown here circled in red. It is usually located within the "Menu Bar" along the bottom edge or right side of an Android device. Depending on the device, these icons may appear sightly different. On newer versions of Android the Menu Button may be represented as a vertical bar and be located elsewhere.

Pressing the Menu Button brings up the Hangman Plus menu.

Help Word List Settings



These icons represent the Hangman Plus menu choices.

  • Help - displays this help page.
  • Word List - shows the Hangman Plus list of words and phrases. You can edit, add to, or delete the words in this list.
  • Settings - displays the settings page allowing you to configure the word length and number of guesses.

Click on the Android Menu button then the Settings icon. This will open the Settings dialog where you can choose the number of guesses allowed and the size of the chosen game words.

  • Select either four or six guesses allowed to find the word.
  • You can include short words, medium length words, or all words from the word list to be selected for a game.

On some devices, if needed, this dialog will scroll vertically.


What's up with those weird menu icons?

The menu icons show the American Sign Language (ASL) handshapes and signs for:

  • Sign for "help" (upward motion) .
  • Sign for "list" (right-hand steps down left-hand) .
  • Sign for "pick" (pull back slightly) – represents picking or choosing settings.

 

Modifying the Word List:

Tapping the Word List icon in the Android Menu opens the Game Word List in your device's default text editor. You can add or modify words. Your device may open a chooser dialog asking which editor you would like to use. After making additions or modifications save the word list.


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                      canalrun.apps.hmplus

ASL Hangman
CanalRun
e-mail: android@canalrun.com

Google Play: canalrun.apps.hmpasl

Amazon: CanalRun-ASL-Hangman






ASL Hangman is the classic game of hangman with a twist.

The letter choices are represented by their ASL handshapes. Playing ASL Hangman is great practice for learning American Sign Language.

The included Word List contains over 3000 words and phrases. You can customize or replace the Word List.

  • ASL Hangman opens to the main display page displaying the Hangman Graphic, the Game Word, and a scrollable list of letter handshapes to choose from.
  • Find the word by tapping letters. The letters can only be chosen once each game. They are shown grayed once chosen.
  • Tap the Game Word to show the answer or to begin a new game.
  • The Android menu has options to show the help file, edit the word list, and choose game settings.

 

See Hangman Plus above for more detail.

 



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                      canalrun.apps.comicsho

Comic Sho
CanalRun
e-mail: android@canalrun.com

Free: canalrun.apps.comicsho

Plus: canalrun.apps.comicshop






If you're like me, the first thing you do in the morning is read the comics section in the newspaper. Comic Sho lets you read the comics on your smart phone or tablet. It includes a database of the web addresses for almost 500 popular comics. It allows you to create a list of the ones you like to read most. The list is saved. You can easily step from one comic to the next.

Visit the CanalRun Android home page at android.canalrun.com to view all of the android applications from CanalRun.

Quick Start Guide:

Comic Sho lets you view your favorite comics on your phone or tablet. It includes a database with the web addresses for almost 500 popular comics – plus you can add your own favorites to the database. From the Full List of comics select your set of preferred comics. You can quickly step through this list. Comic Sho remembers your preferred list as well as your last zoom and scroll position settings for each comic.

  • Comic Sho opens to the main comic display page.
  • Select your favorite comics by pressing the Android Menu button and choosing the "List" item.
  • Scroll through the list of comics and "check" your favorites for your My List.
  • Press the Android Back button to return to the main display page.
  • Step through your list of comics using the four navigation buttons: , , , ; or in the Plus version, the two navigation areas located in the upper corners.


This version of Comic Sho adds several new features:

  • Over 150 new comics added to the database
  • Makes better use of available screen area
  • The navigation buttons are larger and spaced further apart
  • Zoom and scroll positions are saved and restored for each comic
  • The Plus version dedicates even more screen area for comics


Instructions:

Comic Sho opens to the main "viewing" page.

     
At the bottom of the comics display are buttons to navigate to the First, Previous, Next, and Last comics within the list of comics selected for My List.

Plus version only

In order to give more screen real estate for displaying comics, the navigation buttons and ads are removed from the bottom of the comics display and replaced with two navigation areas located in the upper left and upper right corners. The navigation areas are semi-transparent.

Upper left corner – click to go to the Previous comic in My List; long-click to go to the First comic in My List.
Upper right corner – click to go to the Next comic in My List; long-click to go to the Last comic in My List.


The Android Menu Button Is shown here circled in red. It is usually located within the set of buttons along the bottom edge or along the right side of an Android device. Depending on the device, these icons may appear sightly different; the menu button may appear as a vertical bar; the set of buttons may need to be accessed from a pop-up menu..

Pressing the Menu Button brings up the Comic Sho menu.

List Help Upgrade



Press the Android menu button for the Comic Sho main menu choices.

  • List - displays the database list of comics definitions. The top, left-hand tab shows the Full List of comics definitions. The right-hand tab shows the comics that have been chosen for My List.
  • Help - displays this help page.
  • Upgrade - (Free version only) Takes you directly to the Google Play or Amazon Appstore listing for Comic Sho Plus.



 

Choosing the menu "List" icon displays the full database list of comics. Checking the checkbox of an item in the list selects that comic for My List. Uncheck the checkbox to deselect.

Clicking the My List tab on the upper right displays only the selected comics.

Long-clicking on an item in either list brings up the Comic Sho Actions menu (upper image at left). In addition to Selecting or De-selecting an item, you can Add a new comic definition, Edit (lower image at left), Delete, or Goto an existing comic definition.

When adding or editing a comic definition, there are two choices for loading the comic's web page. In most cases "Load URL" is the best choice. Using "Http Get" can sometimes be faster and prevent special mobile device web page formatting.

Use the Android Back button to exit the list page and return to the main "viewing" page.

On the list of comics page, if there are more than several pages of comics within the selected list, This "drop menu" icon will appear. Pressing this icon will open a drop-menu of items letting you quickly scroll within the comics list.

 

Importing comics definitions (Plus version only)

This is a feature of the Plus version of Comic Sho for someone who may want to add many comics definitions to the Comic Sho database. Most users can ignore this section.

To import a list of comics definitions a comma separated value (CSV) file named "addcomics.txt" should be created and placed in the Comic Sho installation directory. On my devices this directory is "/mnt/sdcard/Android/data/canalrun.apps.comicshop". The file "addcomics_example.txt" already in this directory can be used as an example.

  • Create a new file named "addcomics.txt" in the Comic Sho installation directory.
  • The file is a CSV file with four fields separated by commas: the comic title, page load method (1=HTTP Get / 0=Load URL), Selected (1=True / 0=False), and the comic's URL. Each line of the file holds one comic definition.
  • After creating the "addcomics.txt" file, on the next execution of Comic Show this file will be read, the comic definitions added to the database, and the file will be renamed by appending a sequential number to the end of the filename.



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                      canalrun.apps.magnifeye

MagnifEye
CanalRun
e-mail: android@canalrun.com

link: canalrun.apps.magnifeye





MagnifEye is a quick and easy app for Android that turns your phone or tablet into a magnifying glass – use it to read product labels, fine print, or to examine small items.

If your device supports these features, magnifEye allows you to zoom, turn the flash (LED) on or off, change focus mode between "auto", "macro", and "infinity" or choose image "effects".

MagnifEye remembers and restores the settings from the previous use.

 

Right-hand buttons:

Take a screen snapshot.

Snapshots can be viewed in the MagnifEye Album within Android's Gallery app.

 
These 2 icons control the image Zoom.
  1. Zoom In. Tap the icon to zoom in. (increase zoom)
  2. Zoom Out. Tap the icon to zoom out. (decrease zoom)
 
MagnifEye attempts to discover if your device supports zoom.
  1. Grayed icons are shown if the device does not indicate zoom is supported.
  2. The grayed "+" icon is displayed when maximum zoom is reached.
  3. The grayed "-" icon is displayed when minimum zoom is reached.
 

These icons indicate the Flash mode. Tap the icon to change flash mode
  1. Flash is off.
  2. Flash is on.
  3. Flash support is not indicated by the device.
 
 
These icons indicate the Focus mode. Tap the icon to change the mode. Every device may not support all focus modes.
  1. "Auto" focus mode is selected.
  2. "Macro" focus mode is selected.
  3. "Infinity" focus mode is selected.
  4. Focus support is not indicated by the device.

 
 

These icons indicate the image Effects. Tap the icon to change the mode. Every device may not support all Effects.
  1. "None" effects mode is selected.
  2. "Mono" (grayscale) effects mode is selected.
  3. "Inverse" effects mode is selected.
  4. Effects support is not indicated by the device.

   

When the Android Menu button is pressed, these three icons display.

  • Settings –You can select the preview image size.
  • Help – Displays this Help file.
  • Donate – As a "thank you" for your donation, the advertisements will be turned off.

 

Screen Gestures:

Magnify will recognize several gestures:

  • Short Click – When in Auto or Macro focus mode, tapping the preview image forces a manual re-focus.
  • Long Click – A window will open showing current camera settings and some of the camera's capabilities.
  • Horizontal Swipe – A left to right swipe turns on the LED, if supported. A right to left swipe turns off the LED.
  • Vertical Swipe – An upward swipe zooms in one step, if supported. A downward swipe zooms out.
  • Pinch gesture – Zoom out one-step.
  • Spread gesture – Zoom in one step.

 

FAQ:

What's with those weird menu icons?
The menu icons show the American Sign Language (ASL) sign for "pick": (as in "pick settings"),   , the sign for "help", , and the sign (used with a forward motion) for "donate" or gift, .


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                      canalrun.apps.splmp

Spell Me Pleeze
CanalRun
e-mail: android@canalrun.com

Google Play: canalrun.apps.splmp

Amazon: canalrun.apps.splmp





Spell Me Pleeze is a challenging and addictive word game. Given scrambled letters and a hint, correctly spell the word.

It's a great way to learn new vocabulary and to practice for standardized tests.

SMP is very easy use – drag the letter tiles, in the correct order, to the blue area at the top of the screen to spell the word.

Pressing the button when it shows "Show Solution" displays the unscrambled word.
Press the button when it shows "New Word" to display a new, randomly selected, scrambled word and hint.


The word will be displayed with greenish tiles if spelled correctly. The word is displayed with reddish tiles when the "Show Solution" button is pressed.

 


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                      canalrun.apps.nvfu

No Vowels for U
CanalRun
e-mail: android@canalrun.com

link: canalrun.apps.nvfu






No Vowels for U is an addictive word game. Given a word (minus the vowels) and a hint, spell the word correctly.

It's great for learning new vocabulary or studying for the SAT, or GRE.

It's very easy use – drag the letter tiles in to the green area at the top of the screen, in the correct order, to spell the word.


Hint Off/On
You can make the game more difficult by turning the hint display on and off.
New Word Tap this button to choose a new word.
Solve
If you give up trying to spell the word, tap this button and the solution is shown.



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                      canalrun.apps.fspell

Finger Spell ASL
CanalRun
e-mail: android@canalrun.com

link: canalrun.apps.fspell





Finger Spell ASL was created to help practice receptive Fingerspelling skills.

Words from a list or the numbers 0 – 99 are shown fingerspelled. You try to recognize the word or number before it is displayed.

You can practice with the numbers 0 – 99 or choose one of the three included lists containing almost 500 words: Animals, Fruit & Vegetables, and Names. You can add your own lists of words. There are three modes of operation: Single word, step through the list Linearly, or step through the list Randomly. You can adjust the speed for individual letters and for the delay between words.

This App is very easy to use. I use it most often in Random step mode while waiting in a waiting room or at a station.

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                      canalrun.apps.softkbd

Macro Keys
CanalRun
e-mail: android@canalrun.com

link: canalrun.apps.softkbd





Macro Keys by CanalRun is a simple soft keyboard replacement with 2 improvements. A 2 percent boundary was inserted around the keyboard so that the edge keys, like "q" and "p", can be pressed even if your phone has a protective case. Second, a function key is added. Pressing the function key followed by a single character key causes one of the predefined "macros" to be inserted into the text field.

The macros are predefined and stored in an editable file named: macros.xml. This file can be edited on the device, using a text editor, or the file can be transferred and edited on a PC or Mac.

Security: The macro file is not encrypted. Anybody with access to your phone or tablet can view the macro file. Requiring a password to gain access to the phone is suggested. Also, not using the macro definitions to store passwords, your Social Security number, or any other sensitive information is strongly suggested.

Installing Macro Keys:
  1. Using the QR code above or from the Android Market app on your device, download and install Macro Keys. You can search for CanalRun on the Android Market.
  2. Open your device's Settings app. Scroll down and click on the "Locale", "Text", or "Keyboard" settings option. Every device is different, my device says "Locale and Text", but yours may say something different.
  3. Enable the entry "CanalRun Macro Keys". You will see a standard Android warning. The Macro Keys application does not collect any user information.
  4. Exit the settings app. In any text field long click on the text field. A dialog box will pop up. One of the choices in the dialogue will be "Input Method". Click on this.
  5. One of the choices for input methods will be "CanalRun Macro Keys". Enable this choice.
On the lower left-hand side of the keyboard, if you see a key labeled "Fn", installation was successful. You're now ready to use Macro Keys.

Editing macros.xml:
  • During installation Macro Keys creates a default macro file containing a single macro for the "a" key. When the "Fn:a" key combination is pressed, the string "Android" is output. Try it: press the "Fn" key, note it turns yellow,now press the "a" key, the text "Android" is sent to the text field.
  • You will find the file "macros.xml" in a directory that allows the file to be read and written to. On my device the directory is: "/mnt/sdcard/canalrun.apps.softkbd/". Yours should be similar, although it may be a little different on your device. You may have to search around a little.
  • Open the file with a text editor. You can use an editor on the device, or what I do, is use an FTP program to transfer the file to my PC. I edit the file on my PC and then send it back to the device – this seems to be a little easier.
  • The file is an XML file and can be edited with a regular text editor. In the file you will see a line similar to "<entry key="a">Android</entry>". This line defines the "a" macro. The text "Android" is sent when the "Fn:a" key combination is pressed.
  • Suppose you want to enter your e-mail address each time the combination "Fn:e" is pressed. On the next line create the entry "<entry key="e">bob@gmail.com</entry>". Save the file. Now every time "Fn:e" is pressed, the string "bob@gmail.com" is sent.
  • The modified macro file looks something like:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<!DOCTYPE properties SYSTEM "http://java.sun.com/dtd/properties.dtd">
<properties>
<comment>Macro Keys</comment>
<entry key="a">Android</entry>
<entry key="e">bob@gmail.com</entry>
</properties>

  • Save the macros.xml file. Now click in a text field, the macro keys keyboard will open, press the key combination "Fn:e", the string "bob@gmail.com" is sent to the text field.


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                      canalrun.apps.pmatch

Pics Match 'Em
CanalRun
e-mail: android@canalrun.com

link: canalrun.apps.pmatch





Pics Match 'Em
is a fun game to exercise your memory. Remember the positions of matching picture tiles.

It's easy to play – a great way to exercise your brain and a fun learning tool for children.

Choose a first, then a second tile by tapping on it. Hopefully the pictures match. Tap the first tile a second time to reverse your choice.

There are two game buttons:

New

End the current game and create a new game with new pictures and tiles.
Solve
Turn over and show all the picture tiles for the current game.


Pressing the Android Menu key shows 3 menu items: Settings, Help, and About.

Within Settings:
  • You can choose the game size: a 5 row and 5 column game, 7 row by 7 column game, or a 9 by 9 game.
  • To fit a variety of Android devices, the size of the picture tiles can be adjusted. The size is in pixels – a good place to start is a size of 100 pixels.
  • The font size for the tile row and column labels is adjustable. A value somewhere between 12 (very small) and 40 (quite large) is a good range.
  • The settings are saved between games.


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                      canalrun.apps.jaid

Jumble Aid
CanalRun
e-mail: android@canalrun.com

link: canalrun.apps.jaid





Jumble Aid Helps to solve mixed-up letter (anagram) puzzles. It uses a dictionary with more than 60,000 words. It can solve individual words or multi word phrases – and it's fast.

It's easy to use. There are two modes of operation – you can search for individual words or you can search for multiword phrases.

To search for individual words, enter the scrambled letters in the edit field within the "Word" box (left-hand side). Press Search. You will see the progress bar increase as it searches for solutions. In the lower left, the stop button will become active and turn red. You can terminate searches by processing the Stop button.

To search for multiword phrases, enter all of the scrambled letters in the top edit field within the "Phrase" box (right-hand side). Enter the phrase template in the lower edit field. A phrase template has question marks (?) to represent the positions of unknown letters, spaces to separate words, and optionally, if you know some of the words, you can enter them in the corresponding position.

For example, suppose we have the letters "DIERYLACEICB" and we are told the solution should be a 4 letter word, followed by a 1 letter Word, followed by a 7 letter word. We make a guess that the one letter word is "A" (this will speed up the search process), we remove the "A" from our list of letters. Our list of letters becomes: "DIERYLCEICB". Our template becomes "???? A ???????". Enter the letters in the upper edit field (without the quotes) and enter the template in the lower edit field (without the quotes).


Press Search. Sometimes the search process can take a long time – maybe 15 minutes. The progress bar increments.

When the search is complete, a results page is shown.


There are a few buttons:

Search

Begin the search for either a single Word or a Phrase
Stop

Stop the current search.
Back

Return to the main page from the results page.

Especially when searching for a phrase, there can be quite a few results. You can scroll the results page up and down. Usually only one result will make sense.




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GPSTrak
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e-mail: android@canalrun.com

link: canalrun.apps.gpstrak




GPSTrak uses your Android device's GPS to show your current location and bearing on a map. It displays the distance and bearing to a fixed location and can mark your travel path.

  • The GPSTrak location marker indicates your current location overlaid on a continuously updating map. The marker arrow points in your direction travel.
  • You can easily place "Flags" at any location on the map.
  • There is a "Breadcrumb" feature that allows you to drop a crumb at selected time intervals, marking your current location. When enabled, crumb dropping continues even when the app is closed or device locked.
  • The GPS is turned off between crumbs to reduce battery usage.
  • Maps are continuously updated using your device's data connection – Wi-Fi or cellular. GPSTrak can use stored off-line map data. It will show your current location, flags, and breadcrumbs in their proper relative orientations and scaled distances on a plain background if no map data is available.
  • Panels showing detailed information about your current location, markers, and GPS satellite information can be displayed.
  • The panels and "Quick Control Bar" can be repositioned on the screen.

 

Quick Start Guide:

GPSTtrak opens to the map display page. The initial map location is New York City, USA. As soon as a valid GPS fix is received the map will scroll to your current location.

  • The Marker,, indicates your current location. The direction of the arrow indicates your bearing. Note the bearing may be inaccurate if you are stationary.
  • Overlaid panels show details about the current location and information about the GPS satellites detected.
  • The "Quick Control Bar" contains icons to open the detailed information panels, , turn on/off current location map centering, , open the settings panel, , and exit the GPSTrak application, .
  • Place a Flag, , by long-tapping a location on the map.
  • Enable dropping Breadcrumbs, , in the settings panel.
  • Zoom the map by single-tapping and using the +/- control, double-tapping the map, or using a pinch-zoom gesture.
  • Single-tap the current location marker, a flag, or a breadcrumb marker to view detailed information.
  • Long-tap a flag or breadcrumb to remove that marker. You can remove all markers in the settings panel.
  • Each panel can be repositioned on the screen by dragging the panel's title (or right-hand hash pattern). Panels can be hidden by tapping the or from settings.
  • The application menu (tap Android Menu key) has options to show the Help page, open the Settings panel, and make a donation.

Detailed Instructions:

The current location marker indicates the device's present location according to the latest GPS fix. The arrow rotates to show the bearing. Note, if the unit is stationary, the bearing may be inaccurate.
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Flag marker and Breadcrumb marker: A flag can be placed at anywhere by long-tapping a location on the map. A breadcrumb is dropped at the device's current position when the breadcrumb time interval has elapsed. Enable breadcrumbs in the Settings panel. Both flags and breadcrumbs are remembered between application sessions. They can be cleared by long-tapping on the marker or from the Settings panel.

The three detailed information panels are: Current Loc., Marker, and Satellites. Each panel can be shown or hidden (tap the X) and repositioned (drag at the title) on the screen.

Lat., Lon. The latitude and longitude of the marker position
Speed The speed of the current location marker as reported by the GPS. Metric or Imperial units can be chosen in Settings.
Brg. Bearing. The direction of travel reported by the GPS of the current location marker.
Acc. Accuracy. The accuracy of the fix reported by the GPS.
DtCL Distance to Current Location. The distance of this Flag or Breadcrumb marker to the Current Location.
HDG Heading. The direction of travel from this Flag or breadcrumb marker to reach the Current Location.

Nu. The satellite number
SNR The signal to noise ratio (quality) of the satellite signal.
U True or False. Whether this satellite is Used to obtain the GPS fix.
Az Azimuth. The angle, projected perpendicularly along the horizon, of the satellite.
El Elevation. The angle, with respect to the horizon, of the vertical height of the satellite.
The Quick Control Bar. From left to right, the icons represent: Show Detail Panels, Autoscroll Map to the Current Location, Open Settings Panel, Exit Application. The right-most, hash-marked area is a grab tab to help when repositioning this panel on the screen.

The Settings Panel consists of six areas: Application Features, Measurement Units, Marker Size, Map Zoom Level, Map Data Source, and Breadcrumbs and Flags.

Auto Tracking Turn on/off automatic map scrolling to center the map at the Current Location.
Current Location Panel Show or hide the Current Location panel.
Quick Control Bar Show or hide the Quick Control Bar.
Satellite Panel Show or hide the Satellite details panel.
Scale Bar Show or hide the Scale Bar located in the lower left-hand corner.
Pinch Zoom Enable or disable pinch gestures for zooming the map.
Use Data Connection Enable or disable the use of the Wi-Fi or cellular data connection for map updates. Disabling this feature forces local, off-line data to be used, if available. With this feature enabled, on-line data will be queried if no off-line data exists for the map.
Metric / Imperial Select measurements to be shown using either Metric or Imperial units.
Marker Size The pixel width and height of the markers can be selected.
Set Zoom Level Use this control to quickly set a map zoom level. The zoom range is typically between 0 and 18
Map Data Source Choose the map information data source. Several different free map data services are available.
Enable Breadcrumb Service Check this option to have breadcrumbs dropped marking the current location at regular time intervals. Breadcrumbs will be dropped if the application is open or closed. A GPSTrak icon in the notification bar reminds you that the breadcrumb service is running.
Crumb Drop Interval The amount of time, in minutes, between each breadcrumb placement. For intervals greater than 2 minutes the GPS will be turned off to conserve the battery.
Minimum Accuracy A breadcrumb will only be dropped if the accuracy of the GPS fix is reported to be better than this distance. The GPS will remain on for the maximum crumb listen time (see below) or until the minimum accuracy is achieved.
Minimum Distance Set the minimum distance change required for dropping a breadcrumb. A breadcrumb won't be placed if the distance to other breadcrumbs is below this value.
Maximum Listen Time The GPS will be turned off after this amount of time to conserve battery if the minimum accuracy or minimum distance requirements have not been achieved.
Clear Crumbs / Clear Flags Tapping these buttons will clear the list of Breadcrumbs or Flags.
OK / Cancel Tap OK to close the settings panel and save any changes to the settings. Tap Cancel to close the panel and ignore any settings changes.


Acquiring off-line map data:

You can build off-line maps and store the data on your Android device. The data can be used to create and display maps in GPSTrak if there is no connection, Wi-Fi or cellular data, available. Maybe you are in a remote area or a congested urban area, you can still track your location and view maps.

First, download and install a map creation program. You will generally create the map data on a PC (Windows, Apple, Linux, etc.) and then transfer the map data to a folder on the Android device where it can be accessed by GPSTrak. There are many free and paid map creation programs available. .The following example uses a freely available program named Maperitive; http://maperitive.net/

Suppose I am planning a trip to Tasmania. I hope to drive around the entire island and explore some of the natural areas on foot. I am concerned that I may not have cellular data access for creating maps in some of the areas I may be traveling. I would like to have map data for Tasmania stored on my Android device.

I download, install, and run Maperitive. I use a Windows based computer. Other brands of computer should follow a similar procedure.

I need to navigate to Tasmania on the displayed map. I click on the map then repeatedly press Shift-Minus to zoom out displaying a larger geographic area.

Scrolling to the East, locate Tasmania to the south of Australia. With the zoom level adjusted (use Shift-Minus and Shift-Plus) so that the entire country is displayed on the map, right-click with the mouse pointer over Tasmania on the map and select: "Place Geometry Bounds Here". Adjust the resulting box to cover the area of Tasmania that is of interest.

The next step is to to actually create the map data. First, be sure the format is correct. "Web map (OSM Mapnik)" should be displayed in the bottom right-hand corner of Maperitive within the "Map Sources" tab window.

Map data is stored as "tiles". Each tile represents a small square of the map. The tiles are provided for each zoom level. You want to create tiles for an area for each zoom level that you expect to use. But, more zoom levels require more data to be stored. For larger geographic areas, you may want to limit the data to lower zoom levels and reserve the higher zoom levels for smaller regions of interest. Each zoom level requires approximately 4 times as many tiles as the previous zoom level. The amount of data can become huge very quickly.

At the bottom of the Maperitive window you'll see a text field labeled "Command Prompt". In the text field enter the command: "generate-tiles minzoom=5 maxzoom=16" (without the quotes). This will generate map data for the outlined area for the zoom levels 5 through 16. Entering the command in the Command Prompt allows us to specify the minimum and maximum zooms. If you scroll the Commander window back a little bit you will see a line similar to "Started generating tiles into directory C:\Program Files (x86)\Maperitive\Tiles". This tells you the folder where the map data will be located.

It may take a while. When complete, "Done" is displayed in the Commander window.

The map data needs to be placed into a folder with the same name as the data source (see the Map Data Source setting above). The data collected here is from a map source named "Mapnik".

Navigate to the folder where the map tiles where saved (In Explorer in Windows. My tiles are saved in the folder C:\Program Files (x86)\Maperitive\Tiles). Create a directory named "Mapnik". You will see folders named "5", "6", "7",..., "16". Move these folders into the "Mapnik" folder. Now create a zip file named Tas.zip. Add the "Mapnik" folder to Tas.zip. (The name of the file is not important as long as the extension is ".zip").

Now Tas.zip needs to be copied to your Android device. I use FTP, but many devices provide a way to connect the device to your PC. Navigate to the folder on the Android device for map data. On my devices this folder is named: "/mnt/sdcard/osmdroid/", but this may be slightly different on each device. You may have to search around a bit. Transfer the Tas.zip file to the "osmdroid" folder on your device.

GPSTrak will now use this data to provide maps for Tasmania if no data connection is available.


Custom Markers:

The marker icons for GPSTrak are located in the app's directory, /sdcard/Android/data/canalrun.apps.gpstrak/files. This location may be slightly different on some devices. You can replace the standard marker icons with your own PNG image files. The icons should be approximately 32 pixels square.The eight files, Arrow0-7.png, are used to draw the eight compass directions for the current location and heading. The file bcrmb.png represents breadcrumbs and the files Flag0-4.png contain the five flag icons. If any of these files are not present they will be re-created from the standard marker icon files.


Android Menu:

Tap the Android menu key to bring up a menu with the following options:

Help Shows this help file
Settings Opens the Settings panel
Donate Help me continue to provide free Android Apps. As a Thank You for your donation, Ads will be disabled.

FAQ, Tips & Tricks:

Q: My map data disappeared. Where did it go?

A: If there is no on-line or off-line map data available, the display will show with a blank, gray background with horizontal and vertical grid lines. The current location, breadcrumb, and flag markers are shown in their proper orientation and and their relative scaled distances. You can zoom the map in or out – data might be available at different zoom level. Another trick is to change the device orientation which forces the map to re-initialize and redraw.

Q. What's up with those weird menu icons?

A. The menu icons show the American Sign Language (ASL) handshapes and signs for:

  • Sign for "help" (upward motion) .
  • Sign for "pick" (pull back slightly) – represents picking or choosing settings.
  • Sign for "donate" or gift (forward motion) .



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Resistor Aid
CanalRun
e-mail: android@canalrun.com

link: canalrun.apps.resist






Resistor Aid lets you quickly and easily determine a resistor's value.



1. Select the number of bands shown on the resistor.

  • A 3 band resistor is really a 4 band resistor with a 20% tolerance band which is shown as "no band".
  • The Temperature Coefficient band may or may not be present. It should not be counted in the "number of bands".
  • A 4 band resistor has only two precision bands (Band 1 and Band 2). A 5 band resistor includes Band 3.

2. If a Temperature Coefficient band is present, place a check in the "Include" checkbox.

3. Tap one of the bands to change a specific band, choose the band color from the pop-up menu. Tap on any other area of the resistor, for example on one of the leads, to open a dialog that will allow all bands to be modified.

The value, tolerance, and temperature coefficient (if present) are displayed beneath the resistor image



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Speed Memo
CanalRun
e-mail: android@canalrun.com

Free: canalrun.apps.spdmmo

Plus: canalrun.apps.spdmmop





Speed Memo lets you quickly and easily create memos, notes, and reminders.

  • Create a memo with the touch of a few buttons.
  • Enter a memo using Voice Recognition, the keypad, or as a sketch.
  • Quickly attach a single image, video, or sketch to a memo.
  • In the Plus version –
    • Memos can have multiple attachments.
    • Change the text size.
    • Assign priority using colors.
    • Order the memo list by date or priority.

The memo item list appears on the first page. Each memo item includes a checkbox to "select" the memo.

  • Press the button at the top to open a drop-down menu of commands.
  • Press the button to create a new memo.

  • Tap a memo item to show memo detail in either the text or sketch editor.

On the detail page –

  • Press to save a new memo or changes made to an existing memo.
  • Press to cancel changes to a memo.
  • In the text editorallows Voice Recognition input. You can also input text using the keypad.
  • In the sketch editorerases the last line drawn for this sketch.
  • Press to open a drop-down menu of commands.
  • On the second row of the text editor page, press to add an image, video, or sketch attachment to the memo.
  • Long-Click on an image thumbnail on the second row, for example, to remove it from the memo. The image file itself will not be deleted.



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FingerSpell Quiz
CanalRun
e-mail: android@canalrun.com

Free: canalrun.apps.fsplqz

Plus: canalrun.apps.fsplqzp





FingerSpell Quiz is a game that will help you practice receptive finger spelling skills.

Random words or numbers are shown finger spelled. You try to choose the correct word from a list.

  1. Choose the word Category - word lists of animals, fruit-veg, names, and numbers (0-99) are provided.
  2. Press the Start/Stop button to begin a game. A word is randomly selected and fingerspelled.
  3. Three ?'s appear in the Answer button. Choose the correct word from the Word Choices list.
  4. Either (a) "Try Again" or (b) the correct word displays in the Answer button. Press the Answer button to (a) re-display the fingerspelled word or (b) continue to the next randomly chosen word.

Press the Android Menu button to display the full help file or to change game settings, like: finger spelling speed, word length…

In the Plus version:

  • Advertisements are removed giving more screen area for game display.
  • Up to three players are supported.
  • Add custom word lists


Settings:

  • The settings page will scroll horizontally on some devices.
  • The Defaults button restores default values.
  • The Cancel button will close the settings page ignoring any changes.
  • The Save button will close the settings page and activate any changes.
  • Settings are remembered between sessions.

Word Length You can limit the length of the words chosen for fingerspelling.
Letter Speed You can change the speed for finger spelling individual letters. See Letter Rate below. The choice "Deaf" is very fast.
Players Choose the number of players (Plus Version Only).
Ans. Choices
Select the number of choices that appear in the Answer Choices list.
Letter Rate
This fine tunes the actual letter hold time, in milliseconds, for each of the 4 Letter Speed choices.


Adding your own word files (Plus Version Only):

The word files are simply text files containing one word per line. They are stored in the App's data folder on the device. The actual location of this folder can change from device to  device – you may have to search around a little. There will be 4 word files already in this folder: animals.txt, fruits-veg.txt, names.txt, and numbers.txt.

On my devices the files can be found in the folder:

   /mnt/sdcard/Android/data/canalrun.apps.fsplqzp/files/


I create and modify the word files on a PC using the Notepad text editor. I use an FTP server on the Android device and an FTP client on the PC to transfer the word files back and forth. Simply save the word file with a ".txt" extension in the App's data folder to have it recognized by FingerSpell Quiz.


Some Receptive Finger Spelling Tips:

Finger spelling recognition takes a lot of practice, but there are some tricks you can use to increase your understanding. Remember the 3 C's: Context, Configuration, and Closure.

  • You can often make a good guess at the finger spelled word using the topic of the conversation. If you are talking about cars, that 3 letter word beginning with a "B" and ending with a "W" was probably "BMW". That 4 letter person's name beginning with "J" and ending with a "K" was very likely "Jack".
  • Learn to recognize words by focusing on their configuration rather than by trying to decode each letter. For example the word "broccoli" Is similar in length, but looks very different finger spelled than the word "pineapple".
  • The last letter of a word is usually held. You can use the last letter to help determine what the word was.



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Don't Get Lost
CanalRun
e-mail: android@canalrun.com

DGL: canalrun.apps.dglgps

DGL Free: canalrun.apps.dglfree





Don't Get Lost (DGL) uses your Android device's GPS to show your current location and heading on a map. It displays the distance and bearing to a flagged location. It can drop breadcrumbs to record your travel history.

DGL is compatible with both phones and tablets.

  • With DGL you can easily save off-line maps – DGL will work even without an active cellular or Wi-Fi connection. This is important when you are in the middle of nowhere and no Internet connection is available.
  • When hiking, boating, trail riding, or in a congested city, you will always know how to return to a flagged location.
  • DGL has features to save battery power: Maps can be stored on the device – letting you turn off cellular and Wi-Fi connections. Flagged locations are kept even when the the app closes or device is turned off. You have the option to keep the display on or let the device sleep.
  • You can search for locations – either to place flag or to center the map for downloading off-line map data.


Quick Start Guide:

DGL opens to the map display page. The initial map location is New York City, USA. As soon as a valid GPS fix is received the map will scroll to your current location.

  • The Marker,, indicates your current location. The direction of the pointer indicates your heading. Note the heading may be inaccurate if you are stationary.
  • Press the app's "menu",, button or Android "menu" button to open the Sliding Menu. A filled checkmark, , indicates an enabled feature.
  • Place a Flag, , at any location by long-tapping on the map. Long-tap a flag or breadcrumb marker to remove it.
  • Dropping breadcrumbs, , can be turned on in the Sliding Menu or the Settings panel.
  • Single-tap a flag, breadcrumb, or the current location icon to open its details panel. A satellite details panel can be opened from the Sliding Menu.
  • Zoom the map using the pinch-zoom gesture or the +/- buttons that show when the map is touched.
  • Each of the 4 details panels can be repositioned by dragging the panel's title bar. Tapping the will close the panel.


Detailed Instructions:

The current location (CL) marker indicates the device's location according to the latest GPS fix. The pointer rotates to show the heading. Note, if the unit is stationary, the heading may be inaccurate.
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Flag marker and Breadcrumb marker: A flag can be placed anywhere by long-tapping a location on the map. A breadcrumb is dropped at the device's current location when all of the breadcrumb conditions are met. Both flags and breadcrumbs are remembered between app sessions. They can be cleared by long-tapping on the flag/breadcrumb or from the Sliding Menu.

To place a flag long-tap on any location on the map. The flags dialog will open. Type into the text box to change the flag title. Select one of the three flags for the flag style. Press "Yes".
Auto track CL Automatically scrolls the map to bring the current location (CL) marker to the screen's center.
Breadcrumbs Drop breadcrumbs using the conditions from Settings. When breadcrumbs are enabled a notification icon appears in the notification and status bar (usually at the top of the screen) as a reminder.
Drop a Crumb Place a breadcrumb at the current location.
Clear Crumbs Clear all the breadcrumbs and breadcrumb markers.
Show Sat Panel Show the satellites details panel.
Stay Awake Prevent Android from entering sleep mode, although the screen will be allowed to dim.
Clear Flags Clear all the flags and flag markers.
Del Cached Tiles Delete the locally stored offline tiles to free device storage.
Find Location Opens the Search Location panel
Off-line Data … Open the Offline Data Wizard to download and store map tiles for off-line use.
Settings … Open the settings panel.
Help Show this help file.

The four detailed information panels are: Current Location, Flags, Breadcrumbs, and Satellites. Each panel can be shown, hidden, or repositioned independently. Tapping the current location icon, a flag, or a breadcrumb shows a marker details panel. Tap Show Sat Panel from the Sliding Menu to open the satellite details panel. Tapping the "X" in the upper right-hand corner hides the panel. Reposition a panel by dragging its title bar.

Current Location:
Lat, Lon The device's current latitude and longitude.
Speed The speed of travel as reported by the GPS. Metric or Imperial units can be chosen in Settings.
Alt Altitude. The current altitude reported by the GPS.
Brg Bearing. The direction of travel reported by the GPS.
Accur Accuracy. The accuracy of the fix reported by the GPS.
Zoom Shows the current map zoom level.

Flags and Breadcrumbs:
Flag Flags are initialized with the title "Start" or "Flag". You can modify the title when setting a flag.
Breadcrumb Breadcrumbs are given the title "Breadcrumb".
Lat, Lon The latitude and longitude for the flag or breadcrumb.
Alt The altitude reported by the GPS (breadcrumbs only).
Dist CL The distance from this flag or breadcrumb to the current location (CL).
Hdg CL The heading from this flag or breadcrumb to the current location (CL).
Speed The speed of travel at this location (breadcrumbs only).
Brg The direction of travel at this location (breadcrumbs only).

Satellites:
Nu The satellite number
SNR The signal to noise ratio (quality) of the satellite signal.
U True or False. Whether this satellite is being Used to obtain the GPS fix.
Az Azimuth. The angle, projected perpendicularly along the horizon, of the satellite.
El Elevation. The angle, with respect to the horizon, of the vertical height of the satellite.

The Search Location Panel allows you to find a location, scroll the map, and/or set a flag. The free version of DGL limits the Search Location function.

Location Edit Box Location to search for. This can be a full address, postal code, city, destination name, or almost anything.
Scroll to Location With this checkbox checked and a search result selected (highlighted in yellow), the map scrolls to the location upon pressing Close.
Place Flag at Location When this option is checked a flag will be placed at the selected location after pressing Close.
Results Scrollview Enter a location and press Search. Up to 10 search results will be displayed in this area. You can scroll both vertically and horizontally. Tap one of the results to select it.

This is the first page of the Off-line Data Wizard. The free version has limited off-line data capability.

Lat, Lon, NW, SE The latitude and longitude of the Northwest and Southeast corners of the map area being displayed are shown in this table. The map tiles requested represent this area.
Tile Zoom Levels The minimum and maximum zoom levels for the tiles for this request. The values are initialized to the current zoom level. They can be changed, but remember each higher zoom level requires about four times as many tiles to represent the same area.There is a limit of 1000 tiles per request.

The Settings Panel includes five sub-areas: Measurement Units, Features, Map Data Source, Breadcrumbs, and Marker Size.

Measurement Units:
Metric (m, km, kph) Meters, Kilometers, and Kilometers per Hour
Imperial English (ft, mi, mph) Feet, Miles, and Miles per Hour

Features:
Show Scale Bar Shows the distance measurement scale bar at the bottom left-hand corner of the screen.
Zoom Enabled Allows the map to be zoomed using the two-finger pinch/expand gesture or the +/- buttons.

Map Data Source:

From the drop-down menu choose a map tiles data source. There are about 10 choices. Some of the data sources may not be available in all areas. Each data source will provide a different kind of map – street view, geared toward hiking, aerial map view, etc…

Breadcrumbs:
Enable Breadcrumbs If checked, dropping breadcrumbs is enabled.

The next four parameters can be adjusted either by moving the slider or by changing the value in the edit box.
All three of the following conditions must be met for a breadcrumb to be placed on the map.

Crumb Drop Interval This setting adjusts the minimum time interval, in minutes, between breadcrumbs.
Minimum Accuracy A GPS measurement includes an accuracy estimate that depends on the quality of signals from the acquired satellites. This setting controls the minimum GPS accuracy required before a breadcrumb is placed. Generally the GPS accuracy improves the longer it runs.
Minimum Distance Change The minimum distance that must be traveled before a new breadcrumb is placed.

Marker Size:

The Pixel dimensions of the map markers; the current location icon, flags, and breadcrumbs, can be adjusted.


Acquiring off-line map data:

DGL includes a four-step, Offline Data Wizard making it easy to download map tiles for off-line use. Be sure you have selected your desired map data source before running the Wizard. Also be sure you have an active cellular or Wi-Fi data connection so the Wizard can access the Internet.

  1. Scroll the map and adjust the zoom level to show on the screen the entire area you would like to capture. You can disable AutoTrack CL to allow the map to be scrolled freely. Press on the menu button (upper left-hand corner) or Android Menu button to open the Sliding Menu. Near the bottom of the menu select "Off-line Data…".
  2. The first page of the Wizard shows the latitude and longitude coordinates for the upper left-hand corner and lower right-hand corner of the area to be acquired. The minimum and maximum zoom levels are initialized to the current zoom level. These values can be changed, but remember that each increase in the zoom level requires four times as many tiles as the previous zoom. Press Next.
  3. The second page of the wizard calculates the map tiles required for your selected area and zoom levels. There is a limit of 1000 tiles per download. If too large an area or too high a zoom is requested, you may need to step back, readjust the settings, and try again. Press Next.
  4. Page 3 of the Wizard shows the progress of downloading tiles. Depending on the number of tiles requested, the download could take several minutes. If everything proceeds correctly the message "Tile archive created successfully." Is displayed and Done button is enabled. Press Done.

You can check that your download was successful by placing your device in "Flight Mode" or by disabling Wi-Fi on devices with no cellular connection. Scroll to the map area (and zoom level) that was downloaded and verify that the map shows correctly.

Custom Markers:

You can modify the icons used by DGL for the current location icon, flags, and breadcrumbs. The icons are PNG image files located in the app's working directory, /sdcard/Android/data/canalrun.apps.dglgps/files (this location may be slightly different on some devices). Use the included icons as a guide. Simply replace the image file with your own PNG image file using the same name. To restore the original icons, delete all the PNG files. If any of these files are not present they will be restored with the standard marker icon files when DGL opens.

FAQ, Tips, and Tricks:

Q: My map data disappeared. Where did it go?

A: If there is no on-line or off-line map data available, the screen will show a blank, gray background with horizontal and vertical grid lines. The current location icon, flag, and breadcrumb markers are shown at their proper orientation and relative scaled distances. You can zoom the map in or out – data might be available at a different zoom level. Another trick is to change the device orientation which forces the map to re-initialize and redraw.

Q: The map has blank squares (tiles)?

A: This is caused by missing map data. Rotating the device from landscape to portrait or portrait to landscape, and back will force a re-request of data and should fill in any missing tiles.

Q: It takes a while for the GPS to update data?

A: Yes, on some devices it can take many minutes. Other devices will begin acquiring GPS data almost immediately.

  • It may take longer to acquire data the first time, after not being used for an extended time, or after traveling a large distance while powered off.
  • Being indoors, even standing next to a window, will block many of the satellites needed for operation.
  • Some vehicles have windshield coatings or other electronic gear which interferes with GPS acquisition.
  • Outdoors, with a clear view of the sky, will yield the best results.

Q: How can I tell if the GPS is acquiring data?

A: If AutoTrack (see Sliding Menu above) is enabled the map will scroll to the current location with each GPS update.
The Current Location details panel (to open tap the Current Location Icon) will update regularly with the newest information.
The satellite details panel (see Sliding Menu above) lists visible satellites and updates regularly.

Q: How can I preserve battery life?

A: If you will be away from a power source for a few days, you'll want to try to preserve battery life. Place the device in "Flight Mode" to turn off the cellular and Wi-Fi radios. Turn off Bluetooth and NFC. Having breadcrumbs enabled will turn on a service that keeps the GPS active. On most devices this will consume a lot of power from the battery. Allowing the device to enter sleep mode or turning off the display will save battery power. Flags and breadcrumbs are preserved if DGL is closed , the device turned off, or rebooted – they won't be lost.

Q: What is the best way to use DGL?

A: There are many GPS apps available. Most concentrate on locating a landmark or address on a map then providing turn-by-turn directions to that location. DGL, in contrast, has features that help in the situation: "I'm out in the middle of nowhere, have no Internet access, how do I get back to where I started?".

Maybe you're planning a long-weekend trip to a national park located far from any large cities. You hope to spend your days hiking, canoeing, and horseback riding. There is probably no cellular access and definitely no Wi-Fi – no Internet. Before your trip, using the Off-line Data Wizard, capture map data for the park and surrounding area. Place a flag at the location of your campsite or lodge. After several hours of horseback riding through fields and valleys you'll be able to find the exact distance and bearing back to where you started.

You're planning a trip to Paris for shopping and sightseeing. Store an off-line map of the area. Place a flag at the location of your hotel. Even with your phone in "Flight Mode" you'll be able to find your way back to the hotel from anywhere in the city – without downloading cellular map data and possibly incurring huge roaming charges.

Q: The location I'm searching for is not in the results list?

A: Up to 10 results are displayed for each search. Sometimes adding a little more information to the search can move your desired result into the top 10 list. Try adding the postal code, country, state, or city name to the search text.

Q: I get a red error message "No location match found" when I try to use Find Location?

A: Find Location uses the Android Location Service to access an Internet database. Almost every Android device includes the Android Location Service as part of its standard software. The cause of this error will usually be one of three things:

  • The Location Service database is Internet-based. Be sure you have an active connection, either Wi-Fi or cellular, to the Internet.
  • The service may not be able to find the location you are searching for. Try searching for something obvious, like a large nearby city, just to see if this works.
  • Sometimes the Location Service will stop running. Restarting your device may restart service.



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Distant Eyes
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With Distant Eyes you can send audio and video from one device to another. Use it to keep an eye on the baby's crib or watch the kids playing in the backyard while you work around the house, monitor what's happening in another room, catch the dog stealing from the refrigerator, or any of a thousand different things. Distant Eyes requires two devices, one with a camera, and a network connection.

The DE Java application transforms a PC (Windows, Mac, Linux) into a Distant Eyes Receiver. Use your Android device as the sender and receive audio and video on your PC. Download the free DE Java application above.


Quick Start Guide:

Distant Eyes has two modules: a Sender module and a Receiver module. First decide which device (phone or tablet) you would like to use as the Sender and which device you would like to be the Receiver. The Sender requires a camera. The Receiver could be the larger, higher resolution device. Both devices should be connected to a network. A Wi-Fi network is the easiest choice. It is possible to communicate over the Internet, although extra configuration is required. Using a cellular data network most likely will not work since many carriers block certain types of network traffic.

It's easiest to set up the Receiver first. Run Distant Eyes, select the Receiver tab. Press the "Start Receiver" button. The Receiver module opens. Make note of the device's IP address; shown as "My IP:".

On the second device, the Sender, open Distant Eyes and select the Sender tab (the sender device must have a camera). The Sender module opens. Enter the Receiver's IP address in the first drop-edit field. Press the down arrow in the second drop-list to select a video image size from the list of supported sizes. Depending on your device, the list of supported sizes may scroll vertically. You can select the front or rear camera if your device supports both. You can choose to send either audio or video or both. Press the "Connect To Receiver" button. The Sender module opens and you should see a preview image of what is being sent to the Receiver.

If you don't have a Wi-Fi network available, most newer Android devices allow you to configure the device as a "Wi-Fi hotspot" Configure this on one device to create a local Wi-Fi network. Each device is a little different, but in general, from within the Android device's settings for "Wi-Fi" or "More…" there will be an area labeled something like "hotspot" or "portable hotspot". Follow your device's instructions to enable this feature.


Instructions:

Main page:



  1. If you have chosen this device to be the receiver, click the Receiver tab.

  2. There is nothing to configure, click "Start Receiver" to open the receiver module and start listening for connections. Make note of the "My IP:" address for the receiver when the module opens.

  1. If you have chosen this device to be the sender, click the Sender tab (the sender device must have a camera).

  2. Enter the receiver IP here. This is a drop-edit box. The text can be modified. Clicking the down arrow opens a list of previously successful connection IP addresses. Click to select one of the previous IPs.

  3. This is a drop-list box. Clicking the down arrow shows a list of image sizes supported by your device. Click the down arrow and select one of the supported sizes.

  4. If your device supports both front and rear cameras, one can be chosen here.

  5. You have the option of sending either audio, video or both to the receiver.

  6. Click the "Connect To Receiver" button.



Receiver module:



  1. These "LEDs" show green each time an audio or video packet is received from the sender.

  2. The receiver's network IP address is shown.

  3. The state of the audio connection is shown. This could be "Not Connected", "Listening", or "Connected". Hopefully it will never show "Error".

  4. This shows the state of the video connection. The possible states are similar to the audio connection.

  5. The video from the sender is shown in this area. Before the sender is connected a "noise" pattern is displayed.

    Plus Version Only
    • Double-click the image to toggle between status-plus-video and full-screen display modes. The Image from the sender is shown with the proper aspect ratio – the full-screen image may not be quite full-screen.
    • Long click the image save a copy in the Android Gallery.


Sender module:



  1. These "LEDs" show green each time an audio or video packet is sent.

  2. The sender's network IP address is shown.

  3. The state of the audio connection is shown. This could be "Not Connected", "Connecting", or "Connected". Hopefully it will never show "Error".

  4. This shows the state of the video connection. The possible states are similar to the audio connection.

  5. The slider allows you to adjust the Frames Per Second rate for the video sent. Higher FPS rates require much more processing power and more network bandwidth. Lower rates are a good choice in almost all situations.

  6. This is a preview of the video being sent to the receiver.


Distant Eyes Plus:

In the Plus version of Distant Eyes the Sender module is identical to the Free version, but the Receiver module has several additional features:

  • The Receiver device orientation can be changed between portrait and landscape.
  • Double-clicking on the received video image toggles between status-plus-video mode and full-screen mode.
  • Long-clicking on the received video image saves a copy of the current image to the Android Gallery.
  • The ads have been removed.

It is possible to use the Free version on one device as the sender while getting the benefits of the Plus version on the second device as the receiver.