Apr 05 2011
Now the audio quality of the app is in good shape I’m working on another area that needs some attention – the settings and configuration. In the current version (v1.32) everything is on one screen and while this is compact it also means you have less control over which characters are included in your practice and my ability to add other features and controls is limited.
To address this I have completely redone the settings page and used a more conventional table layout that iPhone/iPad users are very familiar with. This is still a work in progress but below are some screenshots of what I have so far.
Main Settings Page
Here’s the main settings page that you reach when you click the (i) button on the front page.
Its more organized than it was before – the character word per minute and font size sliders are near the top and now we have a new Volume control that many people have asked for – this allows you to set the volume of the code separately from the volume of the device itself – your ringer can still be loud but your morse code can be less noisy.
Below the sliders is the content settings section. This is where you can configure which characters are included in your practice set and which are not. Previously you had to set them in groups, now you have control at the individual character level. This is the same for Letters, Numbers, Prosigns and Punctuation.
I’ve added something slightly different for the Koch character progression. The Koch method takes the morse code characters and organizes them in a standard order that is optimized for learning and retention. You learn the first two characters (usually K and M) and then when you have mastered those, add the next character, and so on. This is an established method and works very well, however, if you want to use a different order now you can. In the screenshot below K is the first letter that you will see and I am moving the letter “M” from the second position down to the third position and “R” has moved up into the number two position.
To change the order in which the letters appear you click Reorder and the ‘move’ buttons appear on the right hand side of each letter. To move the letter to a different position touch and hold the button and then you can drag the letter to a different position in the order. You could rearrange the whole set of characters this way but if anyone has suggestions for alternative character orders that would be broadly useful please let me know. I can store these different orders in the app so you don’t have to do really large scale changes manually.
Now that I have space, I am also including help links and other documentation that should provide a better introduction to Morse Code, how to learn it and general background links of interest.
This is still in development along with some other features for the main part of the app like Continuous play – turn this on and the app will keep generating code, if you are listening to News feeds it will work its way through all the news channels in turn. This makes it far easier to have a long practice session where you dont have to keep restarting the player after each block of morse.
I’m hoping to put this out in April after testing, etc. If you would like to beta test this new version please let me know and that will help spur things along. The other benefit of all these changes and moving over to the table layout is that this will make conversion to an iPad app that much easier, stay tuned for more developments in that area.
Cheers – Simon.