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Active Force – Verse Collector (Android App)

by on Mar.05, 2013, under Android, App, Development

Active Force icon

Active Force – Verse Collector is an Android app that allows you to collect verses, quotes or any arbitrary text to play as slide in your home screen widget at random or specified order and interval of your choice.

Found a nice verse or quote that inspired you so much that you want to see all the time in your home screen as widget? This app will help you to do just that. You can also use this app to help you memorize verses (flashcard-like) or simply to motivate you every time.

What’s unique with this app is that it gives you full control of the content. You got to choose which items you want. Add, edit or delete entries anytime. Therefore, seeing only what you want to see without the unnecessary clutter.

This is my first app in Android. Created out of my need to have a custom widget to display what I want, when I want. Most apps available currently have no or little control over what to display. Although they require little intervention from users, I believe that user control is also important. We don’t want random quotes that sometimes we don’t agree to pop-up in our homescreen right? Additionally, most apps today requires Internet connection and other permissions that makes it complicated. Take a look at the screenshots below to have an overview of the app. I hope you enjoy using my app and if you like it, please rate. This would motivate me more on developing more features and app.

Active Force – Verse Collector is available for download free and without ads in Google Play.

 

How to Get Started:

  1. Install the app from Google Play.
  2. Open the app. Decide if you want to import the sample data. You can say no and import later if you wish.
  3. If you imported the sample data, proceed to step 5.
  4. Insert new item(s) by using the Insert menu at the action bar (top-right corner).
  5. Go to your homescreen and add the ActiveForce widget.
  6. Choose update rate. Google recommends a minimum of 30 mins. or 1,800 secs. interval to save battery although ActiveForce uses very little battery already.
  7. Choose text size, color, background, order and transparency of the background. Or you can just accept the default and change later as you like.
  8. Now you have the Active Force widget. If you found an interesting quote or verse from anywhere, use the share/send command to send it to ActiveForce. You can also manually input items or copy/paste.
  9. Enjoy!

Features:
– Customize individual widgets
– Select custom widget background
– Set transparency level of widget’s background image
– Select transition order
– Ability to set update rate
– Ability to set text size and color
– Reconfigure existing widgets
– Widget preview
– Open list from the widget
– Edit current item from widget
– Pause/Resume transition
– Random item button
– Prev/Next item buttons (for non-random order)
– Share item from the widget
– Show/Hide controls of the widget
– Manual sorting
– Swipe gesture navigation
– Searching
– Import sample items (so that you don’t need to start from scratch.)
– Backup/Restore items
– Share your collected items to others

Permissions:
WRITE_EXTERNAL_STORAGE – to be able to save the backup file.

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New World Translation in epub and mobi (Multi-language)

by on Nov.24, 2010, under Programming, Technical

Update (07-Mar-2012): Official NWT in epub format is now available in many languages (including what I mentioned below and more). Download from www.jw.org instead. Use Calibre to convert epub to mobi.

Update (03-Jan-2011): Added Italian language
Update (23-Dec-2010): Added Dutch language
Update (20-Dec-2010): Added Norwegian language
Update (06-Dec-2010): Added Swedish language

Ever since I’ve written a post about my conversion of the English version of the New World Translation of the Holy Scriptures to epub, I’ve received a lot of request for it. Not only the English language but Spanish, Polish and other languages as well.

It took a while before I was able to work on it again but now, I present to you multi-language NWT in .epub and .mobi formats. Currently, these languages are available:

  • English
  • Spanish
  • Polish
  • French
  • German
  • Swedish
  • Norwegian
  • Dutch
  • Italian

I will continue working on other languages upon request. To get the file, just comment on this post and I will email it to you.

All source files are mirrored from http://www.watchtower.org and I did my very best to avoid any errors in the conversion process but if you find any problems, please let me know and I will correct it.

I’ve removed the chapters from the table of contents to show only the name of the book to reduce vertical scrolling on small devices.

Many people also reported that these files are working well on their Ipad, Iphone, Kindle and Android phones.

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Converted a Whole Bible in EPUB Format

by on Apr.10, 2010, under Gadget, Programming, Software, Technical

I’ve been looking around for an epub format of the New World Translation of the Holy Scriptures Bible so that I can read it on my magic using aldiko.Unfortunately, I can’t find anything. Actually, I already have an application for that Bible separately but it would really be nice if I can read it on my Aldiko app because of the features I mentioned on my previous blog. I’m really eager to read the whole bible completely so I decided to make my own epub format. And what I really want to achieve is the proper formatting of verse numbers.

Using Sigil, a WYSIWYG ebook editor, I learned that the epub format is just a formatted HTML. So my first plan is to convert the text format bible I got from somewhere into an HTML. But there are 66 books in the bible containing thousands of chapters! Yeah I’m willing to go through this little by little. If I can work on 1 book a day, I could finish it in 2 months! Wow! Such determination LOL!

And so I started working, and the lazy (in a nice way) guy I am, I learned a few tricks that could speed up the process. But I was really lazy haha. I thought if only I could find a html format of this bible, then my life would be easier. And so I found it. On the http://www.watchtower.org website. I could view the source, copy the parts I need and strip off the excess HTML tags from the source. But still, this method is very time consuming. I can’t even got through the 20th chapter of the book of Genesis in 4 hours!

This is where my ultimate laziness (programmers are very lazy, LOL) really kicks in. I summoned httrack to mirror the bible from the web. I now got the .htm files in my PC. I just need to combine them into a huge .htm file altogether. I used my old friend Ultra Edit for this tasks. I stripped off the unneeded tags, comments, etc using Regular Expressions find and replace (really sweet!) and combined the files into a single clean .htm file and loaded it up to Sigil (which takes 5 minutes to load, 10 minutes to save as epub). Finally, I got my very own epub format of the New World Translation Bible loaded in Aldiko. What an achievement in one day (originally could have been taken in 2 months!). Just wow! I even learned some regex tricks on the process. So here it is, loaded in my HTC Magic.

Sometimes, it’s good to be lazy. Provided that you let your PC work for you automatically. :-)

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