Nov 28 2010

New version of HamMorse nearing completion

Published by at 10:47 am under HamMorse,iphone,Morse Code

I am working on the final stages of a new version of HamMorse that incorporates many of the suggestions that people have provided. I’ve put an annotated screen shot below. The obvious change is that the knobs are gone, replaced by buttons that I hope will be easier to use. The code speed can be changed by a slider, as can the morse code audio tone (in a range from 600-900 Hz). The audio tone problem has been fixed so now the morse tone sounds great all the time!

If anyone would like to be a beta tester to take it for a spin and give me some feedback on how its working please .

I have been adding in support for Voice Over, the iPhone’s accessibility system. When turned on this provides audible descriptions of each button and what it does which should be helpful for folks with impaired vision.

Click to view Ham Morse v1.3 beta screenshot full size

For people using the Koch method to learn the code I have added in a separate Koch option so you can work your way through the 26 letters, 10 numbers, 4 punctuation symbols and 3 prosigns in the following order:

W I . N J E F 0 Y ,
V G 5 / Q 9 Z H 3 8
B ? 4 2 7 C 1 D 6 X
<BT> <SK> <AR>

Click the [+] button to add the next letter in the series to your practice set, click the [-] button to remove letters. The progression of letters is fixed in this order currently, I would like to make this configurable in a later version.

The speed at which the characters are sent can now be modified independently on the settings page. Previously the characters were always sent at 15wpm if you had an overall speed of 15wpm or less selected. The spaces between letters and words were increased to slow down the overall speed at which the morse code was sent. This is the Farnsworth method (see Learning Morse Code on Wikipedia). If you want to have the characters sent at a different speed (slower or faster) this can now be changed on the Settings page, if you increase the overall speed to be greater than the Character Speed that you have set then the character speed setting gets overridden and all the code is sent using the timings of the Overall Speed.

The RSS feed option has been renamed News so it makes more sense. This option gets news headlines using the RSS News feeds provided by Newspapers, TV channels, etc. and gives you a way to copy real text and stay up to date with the events of the day.

There is more in the works but this is what should make it into the next release. Any feedback more than welcome and thank you for your continued support!

Simon, AA9PW

3 responses so far

3 Responses to “New version of HamMorse nearing completion”

  1. mike leeon 30 Jan 2011 at 9:19 pm

    is your app able to have a straight key or a paddle plugged into the ipod

  2. Rick Amoson 28 Feb 2011 at 9:37 am

    Hi Simon

    After an update this week of Ham morse to my iphone, the application has stopped working, I have the application icon on the desktop of my iPhone but when I try and launch the application, I get a black scren for 2 secounds and then my screen just defaults to the desktop. When I go to application store and search for Ham morse my iphone knows the application is installed. Any ideas of how to resolve this issue?

    Many thanks


  3. Simonon 28 Feb 2011 at 10:58 am

    Hi Rick,

    I am aware of the bug in the latest release and I am working on a solution to upload to the app store. The problem is due to the preferences stored on the phone from the old version clashing with the new app. The app tries to load these on startup but cant find what it needs and crashes. Fortunately, there is a relatively easy fix you can do to solve this until the update makes it into the app store. I have put the instructions below:

    • Download the new version of Ham Morse to your desktop iTunes (or if you have already downloaded 1.3 to your device, sync this new version over to iTunes on your desktop machine)
    • Delete the old version (and the offending preferences file) from your phone or iPod by holding your finger down until the icon ‘wiggles’ and then clicking the x, confirm that you want to delete the app and its data.
    • Once the old version is gone from the phone/iPod Touch reinstall the new version by resyncing the device with iTunes.

    Give this a try and let me know if you have any success.

    I’m sorry for the hassles this is causing, I appreciate your patience as I work on a fix.


    Simon, AA9PW.

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