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« Reply #60 on: January 02, 2010, 05:00:44 am »

Well I hate to keep coming back with bugs, but I figured you would want to be aware of this.

When the light is on and the display is rotated with the app open, the UI reverts to its initial state.

Again, this one isn't that big of a deal either, but it's one of those things that is kind of an annoyance. With the widget it probably wouldn't matter anyway.

Thanks again for all of your hard work!

- Austin
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« Reply #61 on: January 02, 2010, 02:59:29 pm »

I could have sworn I this worked one time when I tried it (it may have been on the previous version of interceptflash.apk), but it would be cool if you could lock the screen and have the flash stay on.  Currently the flash turns off for me as soon as the screen is locked.
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« Reply #62 on: January 02, 2010, 06:28:13 pm »

one more idea once you get done with all the other ones (mine's better anyway :P )


this is not an app that needs to rotate.  If you are going back to a widget, great, than you dont have to worry about it.  but if you keep the app, set it to not rotate with the phone, as that got kind of annoying when in use.



thanks for releasing this anyway, it is awesome
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« Reply #63 on: January 02, 2010, 11:42:58 pm »

OK, here's latest version - 0.99.  It should be largely finished now barring bug reports.  I think in a few days I'll throw it up on the Google market as a free app.

Release Notes:
* Added widget (add via menu->Add->Widget) support
* Widget and app should stay in sync (if you turn on light in app, widget should reflect correct state, and vice-versa
* Phone rotation won't screw up the state
* Timeout _should_ work anywhere, e.g. if you set it to 10 seconds and then exit the app, the widget should timeout the light and turn it off at correct time.
* You can set startup to On/Off/Unchanged - unchanged means leave in whatever state it's already in.
* On shutdown, it leaves the light in whatever state it was in in app.
* You can double-tap (fairly quickly, from off) the Widget and it will go to bright mode, otherwise a single click will go to "normal" mode.
* Will abort on any phone other than Samsung Intercept

EDIT: Minor patch to center AppWidget icon, I also slightly increased the threshold for double-tapping to turn on the bright flash.

EDIT: It's now on the android market as "InterceptFlash", go ahead and download from there and let me know of any bugs/issues.
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« Reply #64 on: January 03, 2010, 01:12:22 am »

Just an fyi...using the brighter flash for anymore than a few seconds will completely wig out your battery meter.  My meter stated 80% before...having it on for 20 seconds resulted in the red lined battery and low power warning to come on....
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« Reply #65 on: January 03, 2010, 02:31:50 am »

Pretty much everything looks great to me. I put it through its paces a little bit to verify all of the functionality and everything performed as expected.

This is really just a comment on the design. From what I can tell, you did not implement "bright" mode from the widget, as I cannot get it to work. After some consideration, I think this is/was a good decision because it's not really necessary from the widget, and truthfully regular mode is bright enough for most applications of the flashlight anyway. My second concern/comment is just a cosmetic one. I would recommend vertically centering the widget to make it more cosmetically pleasing alongside other desktop items. I also think because of the decision to remove the "bright" mode from the widget, it might be a good idea to shrink it just a bit to make it look less out of place on the desktop. These are just suggestions, and I promise I will like it regardless. Thanks so much for all of your wonderful hard work!

- Austin

Edit: I'm an idiot, I just re-read the release post and realized that you are supposed to double-tap to enable the "bright" mode. Genius. Makes it accessible, but not in the way. I feel my cosmetic comments still apply, but once again feel free to ignore them, I just thought I would throw in my 2. Thanks again and sorry for my ignorance and the bogus comment about "bright" mode from the widget.
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« Reply #66 on: January 03, 2010, 02:35:07 am »

Bright mode from the widget works fine for me....you have to double tap quite quickly.
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« Reply #67 on: January 03, 2010, 02:49:04 am »

Pretty much everything looks great to me. I put it through its paces a little bit to verify all of the functionality and everything performed as expected.

This is really just a comment on the design. From what I can tell, you did not implement "bright" mode from the widget, as I cannot get it to work. After some consideration, I think this is/was a good decision because it's not really necessary from the widget, and truthfully regular mode is bright enough for most applications of the flashlight anyway. My second concern/comment is just a cosmetic one. I would recommend vertically centering the widget to make it more cosmetically pleasing alongside other desktop items. I also think because of the decision to remove the "bright" mode from the widget, it might be a good idea to shrink it just a bit to make it look less out of place on the desktop. These are just suggestions, and I promise I will like it regardless. Thanks so much for all of your wonderful hard work!

- Austin

Edit: I'm an idiot, I just re-read the release post and realized that you are supposed to double-tap to enable the "bright" mode. Genius. Makes it accessible, but not in the way. I feel my cosmetic comments still apply, but once again feel free to ignore them, I just thought I would throw in my 2. Thanks again and sorry for my ignorance and the bogus comment about "bright" mode from the widget.

Cool - thanks for the feedback.  I went ahead and centered the icon for the widget.  I also slightly extended the double-tap period.
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« Reply #68 on: January 03, 2010, 02:52:54 am »

Just an fyi...using the brighter flash for anymore than a few seconds will completely wig out your battery meter.  My meter stated 80% before...having it on for 20 seconds resulted in the red lined battery and low power warning to come on....


Interesting.  I noticed while I was messing around that it actually gets a little warm on the back after a bit.  I wonder if the temp messes with the voltage and it only temporarily drives the battery voltage down, or if it really drains it that fast.  Did the meter climb back up after shutting it down for a bit?

Probably "movie" flash mode (the less bright one) is better.  I wish they exposed it more directly so I could control it with a specific brightness.  In fact, I could probably hack Zefie's kernel to do that.  Maybe I'll do that sometime, then you could have a little switch you could move the button on to turn the light brighter/dimmer over a continuum instead of just "bright/normal".
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« Reply #69 on: January 03, 2010, 03:18:01 am »

After my previous post I gad to reboot to get an accurate reading....first time I tried it it went from 60 to 15...then back up to 60 after I turned it off.
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« Reply #70 on: January 03, 2010, 05:25:46 am »

Well done! It was kewl to watch this process and follow along by downloading as it went. I also commented on the market but I am sure it will be replaced by many many new ones!  ;D
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« Reply #71 on: January 03, 2010, 10:22:18 am »

THANK YOU JVROBERT! This app is fantastic! ;D ;D ;D

Maybe I'll do that sometime, then you could have a little switch you could move the button on to turn the light brighter/dimmer over a continuum instead of just "bright/normal".
Could you link it to the volume up/down keys while the app is open? Just a thought.
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« Reply #72 on: January 03, 2010, 11:36:15 pm »

Just wanted to thank everyone for helping test out the software and providing feedback on its design.  Thanks!

It's finished now, if I put out any bugfix releases I'll post a quick note here to let people know.  I might look into a graduated brightness control later once the kernel modding scene is more stable and widespread (I think I'd need to mod the ioctl interface for the flash), those guys are doing great work.
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« Reply #73 on: January 03, 2010, 11:54:00 pm »

Just wanted to thank everyone for helping test out the software and providing feedback on its design.  Thanks!

It's finished now, if I put out any bugfix releases I'll post a quick note here to let people know.  I might look into a graduated brightness control later once the kernel modding scene is more stable and widespread (I think I'd need to mod the ioctl interface for the flash), those guys are doing great work.

thanks for all the hard work and for your patience with all the feedback.  :)  hope to see more of your apps soon!
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« Reply #74 on: January 04, 2010, 03:04:34 pm »

is anybody else having problems downloading this from the market?  it's just stuck at "starting download...".  i can download other apps just fine.  this is the only app that's ever gotten stuck.
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