As you can see from the screenshots below I’ve been working on a new look for the Ham Morse app. The main goal is to provide more room for the relevant parts of the interface – the text, the most often used controls, etc. and to simplify the interface at the same time. For example the Tone slider has been moved to the settings page as it is not frequently used and that helps save space for the other controls.
The new version of the app works on both iPhones and iPads and I’m looking for some help to test the new version prior to its release. If you are interested in helping test the app and are running iOS8+ send me an email and then I can send you an invitation to the beta test program to give the app a try. Note that while the app itself works on iOS6+, the test environment only works for folks running iOS8+ on their devices so unfortunately if your device is running an earlier version of iOS then you can’t help with the testing at this point.
iPhone 4S Interface:
iPhone 5S Interface:
iPad Portrait Interface:
As always, any thoughts or comments most welcome!
I have had two reports of where Ham Morse has no audio on the new iPhone4S and one report of a similar issue on the iPad2. In testing the app works fine on iOS4 and iOS5 on iPhone 3GS, iPhone4, iPad, iPad2 and also on iOS5 on the new iPhone 4S so I am having trouble recreating the no audio problem in order to try and find a fix.
If anyone is running into problems with Ham Morse on an iPhone4S or iPad2 can you let me know so I can follow up with you and see if we can figure this out?
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.
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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 .
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The Ham Morse app has been available in the Apple App Store for about a week now and its been getting a lot of very positive reviews:
All in all, the best code software for the iPhone”
Great application to get ready for the main event [Field Day]“
Overall a great program to practice morse code on the go
Thank you to everyone who has purchased the app and put a review on the iTunes site. A few things have cropped up in terms of features, functionality, etc. and I thought I’d comment on some of these here.
- 25wpm speed limitation – I have increased this to 50wpm and hope to send this update to the app store this week
- User Interface – Tapping the knobs to turn them, rather than touch & drag to turn. I agree this is not as intuitive as one would like, I have every intention of changing this so you can touch a knob and drag it either way to turn it clockwise or anticlockwise. For the first iteration it was simpler to use a button to make the knobs turn but this isnt what I want for the long term, particularly now that the speed goes up to 50.
- Ability to practice sending morse – Currently the app is just for practicing receiving code rather than giving you the ability to practice sending code by tapping on the screen. I do have a bunch of ideas along these lines but I needed to get the receive part done first.
- Info/settings button – The (i) button is hard to hit at times and this is a known bug. I’m using a standard Apple button and I need to increase the active area for that button to solve this problem. Alternatively moving it away from the edge of the screen might help
- Text size – I could add in an option to configure the font size, this makes a lot of sense. Making more room for the text on the screen might help too – perhaps an option to show/hide the controls or an alternative view when you rotate the iPhone to a landscape view?
I will be looking at the other issues raised as I make these changes. There was a suggestion to add more complex audio features (QRM, etc.) to make copying the code more realistic and this sounds like a great idea but I’ll need to do some reading on how to create those types of audio features on the iPhone.
Thanks again for the great support and I’ll keep working to improve the app so it meets everyone’s needs.