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Old January 20th, 2011, 11:08 PM   #51 (permalink)
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Seems the latest version has a bug. I have the low battery set to blink orange, but it is yellow green and is staying lit. I have the experimental features on and the screen being lit leaves the led on.
Unfortunately, its not a bug--I don't have the blink action working with the LED-always-on setting. Not sure about how well the non-core colors will translate to every phone... Try out the LED color tester and let me know what color codes represent a reasonable representation of orange.

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i am thinking the led color issue is from the rom i am using.
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thx for the info.
i am thinking the led color issue is from the rom i am using.
No problem!

I'm going to release a minor update tonight that will be fixing an issue that was apparently FC phones that were running a ClockworkMod ROM when they pulled-up the preferences menu (specifically, the low-battery settings). Apparently, the "%" I was displaying causes FCs in (some?) CM ROMs, presumably because of how the text is parsed for the XML (this does not cause an issue in a stock Android ROM, so it makes you wonder who is doing is right(er) ).

I've also put a little pop-up warning (in the next version) if you try to use the blink action when the LED-always-on setting is enabled (I've had a lot of questions re. this, so this should help remind folks). I'll try to get the blink function working for this, but there will be compromises to be made since its my app that is writing to the LED brightness files and not the notification API.

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Word of warning to the DEV of BattMonX: Make sure with the release you put up a donation link. (Steven scowls ferociously at ScaryAlien, then pounds his hairy chest like a gorilla).
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lol...what? more research and work! (i.e., figuring-out how to do this...).

I'll put it on the list... (promise!)

P.S. the change I mentioned above should allow the population of Milestone phone owners to use the app (CM ROM or not). Many thanks again to Jason600 for helping me test this out on his Milestone.
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I have a serious idea. Is there a way to configure this app NOT to allow other apps' notifications to overrule it?
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Well, I don't think so, but I can't absolutely rule that out because I haven't (thoroughly) investigated it.

I will tell you that when you are rooted and using the LED-always-on feature/setting, that BattMonX will change the color of (at least the blinking/green SMS text) notification to whatever color you've got your particular battery state color set to at that moment (at least I'm pretty sure that this is the case... My app currently "steps aside" for a cycle to allow the notification to present itself and I do this (currently) regardless of the mode/setting of the LED-always-on feature so that the SMS text notification can be displayed.

In the LED-always-on mode, I basically just overwrite to the LED's color brightness files whatever color codes correspond to what the settings are (so that's the only way, for example, that you would see the blinking behavior while in this mode, but its really still being done by any SMS notification that just came in (until its cleared)).

Currently, I haven't read of a way to stop or intercept the various app's notifications, but that doesn't mean I won't research it? Like others have asked, there's a possibility / tempatation to modify this app to be more than just a battery state monitor--but that's going to take a tad more research and testing, if you know what I mean.

Make sense? (it all makes MY head spin, lol).

Thanks again for the suggestion and feedback, I very much appreciate it!

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I'm rooted and use the always on mode (you KNOW I'm rooted because this all started in the root section.)

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lol, you just wanted me to reply with "no", eh?

I have gotten several requests (both in the app's Market comments, here, and on XDA) about expanding the scope of the app--my lil old brain had a hard-enough time just getting the battery monitoring thing working .

I'm always open to suggestions... Now, if there were just more hours in the day or drinking Mountain Dew in the evening did not keep me from sleeping, I'd have all kinds of cool, new features already supported.
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just what i was gonna bitch about...and here we go , i guess its for rooted DX only cuz it dont light up LED
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just what i was gonna bitch about...and here we go , i guess its for rooted DX only cuz it dont light up LED
You mean when the screen is on, right? Yeah, you have to be rooted to see this behavior from my app... You're not rooted yet?

By the way, for any who care, I've got version 2.0 waiting in the wings (gotta find a few minutes to update the documentation)...just a few minor goodies:

- more responsiveness after turning screen off

- ability to set your LED to light-up to different colors by percent used vs. battery state

- some niceties in the LED color tester (preset color buttons)

- two features I created for debugging that I'm sharing with everyone:

- "keep CPU on" feature that goes along with "rainbow mode" to cause the LED to cycle through the various colors (I used these to validate my wake locks and test how Android behaves when the screen is turned off and power is disconnected (apps go to sleep pretty quickly))

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Hey scary, just thought I'd give you a heads up that BattMonX works fine with the new Apex 1.4! Love your work!
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Hey scary, just thought I'd give you a heads up that BattMonX works fine with the new Apex 1.4! Love your work!
Thank you very much!

I appreciate the encouragement...(wish there were more like you though...the number of daily downloads has been steady, but the number of installs has flattened-out (its been about 2,500 installs since just before Christmas and is only 2,738 right now)).

I think people are looking for a more generic notification tool, but I don't really want to alter this app's main, original purpose...or at least anything else I add does not interfere with the original function.

Anyways, thanks again and cheers!
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Doing great Steven, thanks for asking mate! Wife and kids doing fine.

Been really busy with work and the recent ice-storms that blanketed a third of the nation. The last of the ice/now finally melted this weekend on my back porch--only after about a week of temps in the 50s.

How'd you guys hold up on the east coast with all the snow and ice?

By the way, I tried overclocking my Droid X and using it to melt the ice--didn't work though .

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It was a rough January, bro, but things have thawed out. We had another inch of snow, but that amounted to nothing. For awhile there, I thought the ice age was upon us again!
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Thanks Raptor!

My Droid X Android Forums mates are the best!

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Sorry guys...I actually published v2.0 tonight but was contacted shortly afterwards by a kind D2 user that he was getting FCs...

My developer console showed me the usual hard-to-fathom Java stack trace that I can't make sense of at the moment... Had to "un-publish" the 2.0 version with v1.9 but you'll see the Market shows it as 2.1 since I can't publish a new version with version numbers lower than the prior one. It'll still show "1.8" on the screens and such since v1.9 didn't have any visual differences from v1.8--just a few key fixes for the Milestone phones.

Are you confused yet? I know I am .

Hopefully, I'll get this straightened-out sooner than later...sorry for the delay.

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Okay, finally figured-out my silly coding error that led to last night's recall of version 2.0. Here's the highlights:

Version 2.2:

- added more strategies for making the app more responsive when screen off & unplugged (I implemented a partial wakelock for one minute after the screen is turned off)

- added 'Set LED Colors by Percent Charged' feature (i.e., you can assign a different color to each 10% range of battery percent-charged)

- added 'Rainbow Mode' (under Fun Stuff) to cycle through the various LED colors

- added 'Keep CPU On' feature to allow you keep the CPU awake/on when the screen is turned off (this is only true when monitoring is active); *** Warning *** this will consume more battery!

- added preset-color buttons to LED color tester (easier to test main colors)


Hope you enjoy this new version. Cheers!
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Hey, thank you very much! Glad to hear from everyone...and it certainly keeps me motivated in making changes.

I've still got some other things planned for the app (including a donate button for Steven ), so stay tuned.

By the way, not that I totally understand what a tool and die maker all entails, but my grandfather was a precision machinist who, after he retired from the police force, used to create injection molds for contract. But the reall cool thing he did was to make scale model firearms (1/2, 1/3, 1/4-scale versions of pistols, rifles, etc.). Had a book published about his work and he even has some miniature guns on display in the Smithsonian My brother sort of followed in his footsteps regarding the precision machinist stuff (his company makes tools for other companies to make tools).

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Hey, thank you very much! Glad to hear from everyone...and it certainly keeps me motivated in making changes.

I've still got some other things planned for the app (including a donate button for Steven ), so stay tuned.

By the way, not that I totally understand what a tool and die maker all entails, but my grandfather was a precision machinist who, after he retired from the police force, used to create injection molds for contract. But the reall cool thing he did was to make scale model firearms (1/2, 1/3, 1/4-scale versions of pistols, rifles, etc.). Had a book published about his work and he even has some miniature guns on display in the Smithsonian My brother sort of followed in his footsteps regarding the precision machinist stuff (his company makes tools for other companies to make tools).

Cheers and thanks again!
Will b looking forward to that donate button. You should be getting something for your work. I would be interested to know the title of that book. I work for a large auto maker in Prototype Operations.
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It's called "Scale Model Firearms" (softcover)...here's one link with the description (my grandfather is "R.E. Hutchens" (they spelled it wrong ):

IDSA BOOKS LLC: SCALE MODEL FIREARMS, SC. by

Description: 1999 140pp, many b/w & color photos, 9.375x12.5; depicts many firearms (usually only 1 example) reproduced exactly as their larger counterparts (nearly all 1/2 scale & taking year or more to complete) including their mechanisms, bore rifling, & ammunition with exact stampings made to 1/2 scale & repeatedly test fired & made by R.E. Hutchins (retired Indianapolis police officer)--known internationally to be finest maker of model firearms in world; shows models & two makers who could build them in incredible collection of Joe Kramer; SC. NEW Item # 101964

About half the book is devoted to his guns...the other half to another gun maker. Grandpa's friend, Joe Kramer, is the one who commissioned the book to be made and bought most of the guns that my grandpa made.

Here's one another link with a picture of the book on the bottom right of the page: Wayne Driskill Miniature Firearms - Books on Miniatures

We used to watch him make the guns in his garage with all of his crazy precision machinery (lots of metal shavings all of the floor, lol).

Thanks for asking about this...
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Thank you too! I very much appreciate the kinds words and encouragement .
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Of course! "Steven58" (c) is almost as well-known and valuable as Coca-Cola, eh? (ask for him by name...).

Actually, I've just been too busy to fully research doing this...I've done some, but I keep getting distracted by other fun things or feature requests...

Cheers! and thanks again for requesting and inspiring this app in the first place Steven.
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Of course! "Steven58" (c) is almost as well-known and valuable as Coca-Cola, eh? (ask for him by name...).

Actually, I've just been too busy to fully research doing this...I've done some, but I keep getting distracted by other fun things or feature requests...

Cheers! and thanks again for requesting and inspiring this app in the first place Steven.
It's my honor.

Of course, this app is old news. What you need to work on is an app that shovels snow, huh?
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Not sure if this has been requested or already on your milstone list but have you looked into having the option on putting it in the status bar?

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Old March 4th, 2011, 09:57 PM   #82 (permalink)
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Well, I do have some things planned for future versions... I hadn't really considered updating the status bar, but since the app is monitoring the battery state / status anyway, I think I could make this an option (once I figure how to do it, of course ). I still wish the X would report the battery charged percentage in increments smaller than 10% (probably Moto's decision..).

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Here's another one for you, scary. I flashed my DX with the new Rubix 2.0 last Thursday and of course I activated your app - which works just fine, thank you!
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Here's another one for you, scary. I flashed my DX with the new Rubix 2.0 last Thursday and of course I activated your app - which works just fine, thank you!
Why, thank you, too!

I'm (finally) getting the hang of this app development stuff, lol ...

I've been testing a new version that allows you to set the blinking behavior for the LED-by-percent-charged mode (but not when the screen is on, though).

I've also been in contact with some Sony Ericsson x10 users that will be able to use the app on their phones too (made a rather simple tweak that helped identify their phone's key files).

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As a followup, the RubixFocused 2.0 (post #83) took waayyy too many features out - like all the settings for the camera and the video and bye-bye to speed dial, etc. So I re-flashed with RubixBlurry 2.0 and of course I included BattMon - which works just fine. Just an FYI, scary!
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Well, I do have some things planned for future versions... I hadn't really considered updating the status bar, but since the app is monitoring the battery state / status anyway, I think I could make this an option (once I figure how to do it, of course ). I still wish the X would report the battery charged percentage in increments smaller than 10% (probably Moto's decision..).

Thank you very much for the suggestion!

Hey Scary just a heads up I found. I have been using battery widget called circle battery widget. The developer says it reports accerate to 1%. When I first started using it, I figured it was just a estimate. He says no. Might be something to check into.
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Hey Scary just a heads up I found. I have been using battery widget called circle battery widget. The developer says it reports accerate to 1%. When I first started using it, I figured it was just a estimate. He says no. Might be something to check into.
OMG! This does appear to be true! I've found the file that this is reported in and should be able to easily incorporate this into my app... Everything that I've read and the research I've done re. this made me think that the information was only in 10% chunks on the Droid X. Its possible that they added this new file or updated the contents of this file when 2.2 (Froyo) came out...

I can't do too much debugging / research on it right now (limited resources here at work, lol), but I'll definitely check into it tonight...

Thank you very much for the heads-up re. this!

Also makes me want to put an option in the app that was previously suggested to display the battery percent charged as a notification icon...(as an option, of course).

Awesome find! (new goodies yet to come...).

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OMG! This does appear to be true! I've found the file that this is reported in and should be able to easily incorporate this into my app... Everything that I've read and the research I've done re. this made me think that the information was only in 10% chunks on the Droid X. Its possible that they added this new file or updated the contents of this file when 2.2 (Froyo) came out...

I can't do too much debugging / research on it right now (limited resources here at work, lol), but I'll definitely check into it tonight...

Thank you very much for the heads-up re. this!

Also makes me want to put an option in the app that was previously suggested to display the battery percent charged as a notification icon...(as an option, of course).

Awesome find! (new goodies yet to come...).

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Yes!!!! Do it!!! A battery percentage montor!!! w00t!
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Yes!!!! Do it!!! A battery percentage montor!!! w00t!
Lol! Steven, want a preview of my new v2.3 version? I can send it to you...

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edit: I've sent it
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Lol! Steven, want a preview of my new v2.3 version? I can send it to you...

Lots of new goodies...

edit: I've sent it
Thanks! I heard the DROOOOID sound but didn't know what it was. I'll install it now. ty!

Edit: running it now, with percentage indicator in the pulldown bar.
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Thanks! I heard the DROOOOID sound but didn't know what it was. I'll install it now. ty!
Thank you, too!

My son and I have been testing it all day...cleaned-up lots of little things that were bugging me...added a few new niceties that you'll see (the status bar notification should make the app useful on virtually all Android phones, regardless of whether or not they've got LED indicators).

Cheers!

P.S. my daughter says "hey!" (she's home from college and cleaned-up my new status bar icons with her awesome Photoshop skillz ). Don't worry, I left you with top billing in the acknowledgements (but she's closing in ).
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lol...new version coming to the masses hopefully tonight! (gotta have my daughter make some black status bar friendly versions of the icons (the current ones don't look right with their black outline )).

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Thank you, too!

My son and I have been testing it all day...cleaned-up lots of little things that were bugging me...added a few new niceties that you'll see (the status bar notification should make the app useful on virtually all Android phones, regardless of whether or not they've got LED indicators).

Cheers!

P.S. my daughter says "hey!" (she's home from college and cleaned-up my new status bar icons with her awesome Photoshop skillz ). Don't worry, I left you with top billing in the acknowledgements (but she's closing in ).

Tell your daughter "hey" back! Mine's home from college this week too!

Ps: The new version is fantastic!
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Ok Scary enough holding out on us, lets see the new bells and whistles.
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Tell your daughter "hey" back! Mine's home from college this week too!

Ps: The new version is fantastic!
Thank you sir! (and thank you for testing it out).

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Sorry, almost got it posted last night, but then it got too late and I realized that if I posted it up and there were issues, I'd be up even later.

v2.3 coming this evening...promise!

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Ok Scary enough holding out on us, lets see the new bells and whistles.
lol...been a crazy day at work (glad to finally be home). Gotta take care of some things around here first and will publish very soon.

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Default v2.3 just uploaded to the Market!

Okay guys, new version just published.

Check it out and let me know what you think!

Cheers!

Here's the change log:

Version 2.3 - 14-Mar-2011:

- support option to display status bar notification icon with battery percent charged

- support option to turn off use of LED battery state indication

- more accurate app behavior for Moto Droid-class phones via 1% charge delta vs. original 10% delta

- support blink action for monitor-by-percent charged mode (screen off only)

- additional logic to try to support other phones like Sony Ericsson Xperia x10 family

- lots of app cleanup; re-organized preferences / settings menus
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Can you make it open the app when you click it in the notification drop down?
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