Archive | February 2012

ActionBar changes

Developing for so many different Android versions and screen sizes can be quite challenging. I’m aware that the current bottom menu and right document list  aren’t exactly user friendly (specially on tablets). That’s why I added the action bar alternative, a couple of versions ago, for those having at least Honeycomb phones or tablets. I think this solution works great on tablets except I still didn’t like the document list on the right on small screens. So, in the next version there will be many different possible configuration that Honeycomb or ICS users can choose from:

Turning of the action bar in “preferences -> appearance” gets you the classical mode (funny how DroidEdit has a classical mode when I started coding it 3 months ago):

Action bar “on” and hide document list “off” gets you the action bar and the document list on your right. In this mode you can also change documents using the action bar:

Action bar “on” and hide document list “on” gets you the action bar and also hides the document list. In this mode you get a few more horizontal pixels and you’ll have to change documents using the action bar:

Action bar “on” and hide document list “off”and split action bar “on” gets you the action bar, right document list and adds an extra action bar to the bottom. Useful if you have a narrow screen and want to have more icons showing but will cost you some vertical space:

Action bar “on” and hide document list “on”and split action bar “on” gets you the action bar, no right document list but adds an extra action bar to the bottom:

Any other ideas? Use the comments in this post to discuss these changes.

Root Mode

With version 1.12.0, users of DroidEdit Pro with rooted devices can now edit system files. To enable root mode, just go to preferences/other and check the corresponding box.

Be warned that root support is still very new and has only been tested in a couple of rooted devices. It may not work for all. Please use this post to share your experiences and be careful.

Using git with DroidEdit

One common feature request for DroidEdit is git support. Although not trivial, you can already use git with DroidEdit Pro and a SFTP connection. You just have to add some external commands. For example:

Alias: Git Add
Command: git add $(file)
Result: Show Result

Alias: Git Commit
Command: git commit -m ‘$(message)’
Result: Show Result

Alias: Git Log
Command: git log
Result: Open in new file

And there are many more things you can do with external commands. For example:

Alias: Tidy HTML
Command: tidy $(file)
Result: Replace

Speed improvement on ICS

It took some time but I finally fixed the bug that was making DroidEdit slow in ICS when editing large files. Version 1.11.0 should be hitting the market very shortly.

Text selection should also be much easier in ICS and HC as there is no longer a menu shown when long pressing on the editor. Forcing syntax highlighting has moved to the action bar.

Action Bar in ICS and Honeycomb

New ActionBar menu in ICS and Honeycomb coming soon. I think it looks specially nice in tablets. There will be an option to fallback to the old style menu. Share your opinions in the comments section.

 

Dropbox Support

Since version 1.10, DroidEdit Pro users can browse, open and save files directly from their Dropbox folders.

Please use this post to report any problems.