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Old November 23rd, 2009, 09:14 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default MotoTorch LED 2.0 released - FREE

It will be free forever, not for just 3 days.

THIS IS CURRENTLY ONLY FOR THE MOTOROLA DROID AND MOTOROLA MILESTONE.
IF YOU HAVE ANOTHER ANDROID 2.0 PHONE, I CANNOT GUARANTEE THIS APP WILL WORK.
IF YOU HAVE AN EARLIER VERSION OF ANDROID(pre-2.0), THIS APP IS NOT AVAILABLE TO YOU.


Apps --> Tools --> Just In.

1. Uses both a widget and a normal application to turn on the LEDs as a flashlight.
2. The widget icon will change depending on whether the LEDs are on or not.
3. The application will allow you to configure whether you want the screen to dim or not.
4. The application will allow you to use the LEDs as a strobe light.
5. The application will allow you to use the LEDs as a MORSE CODE sender, implementing the international Morse protocol.

Version 2.2(11/26):

1. Strobe and Morse Code now run on their own threads. This means that there are now Start/Stop buttons.
2. Strobe now has 2 sliders that allow the duration and delay to be configurable. These can be moved while the strobe is on to see the values changed on the fly.
3. Changed the checkbox for the "Torch" section to be more descriptive.

I made tons of changes to how the settings are saved. I hope this will have fixed the issue with it losing the screen timeout. If it continues to happen, let me know.

Version 2.3(11/27):

1. Now supports landscape mode.
2. Added numeric labels to the strobe sliders.

Version 2.4(11/27):

1. Fixed issue with moving to landscape while Strobe or Morse code is on.

Version 2.5(12/02):

1. Changed the Widget icon.
2. Added the ability to dim the screen while the LEDs are on. This includes having a slider to specify the brightness of the screen.
3. Fixed "B" "D" Morse Code bug.
4. The "Dim Screen" and "Turn Off Screen" are now disabled if Automatic Brightness is turned on. Automatic Brightness overrides both of these settings. Currently there is no way for me to disable Automatic Brightness programmatically. It seems to have been left out of the SDK.

Version 2.6(12/04):

1. The widget icon is now configurable. Use the MENU button in the application to select the icon for the widget.
2. Fixed issue where using the widget of certain other apps could cause the LEDs to come on.
3. Added a Disclaimer when opening the app. It should only be shown once. If you accept, it will not show again.
4. Added a message when Automatic Brightness is enabled.
5. The "Dim Screen" slider is disabled when the "Dim Screen" checkbox is unchecked.

NOTE: The Dim Screen only works from the application. It currently does not work from the widget. This is due to a bug in Android.

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As for the "dim screen", it seems that I am not able to change the brightness programmatically because of a bug in Android. It is stated that it should be fixed in the first update of Android.

{no longer need this}
Also, "turn off the screen" only works when Automatic brightness is turned off. If auto brightness is on, the light sensor senses the light of the flash, and thinks that it needs to brighten the screen.

To install the widget, Long Press on an open space on a HOME screen, choose "Widgets", then choose "MotoTorch LED".

I have also added a Donation version of the app to the Market. If you would like to donate toward MotoTorch's development, you can buy that version. BOTH VERSIONS ARE EXACTLY THE SAME. The free version is NOT limited in any way.

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awesome, thanks!
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Good find, works well
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You are a gentleman and a coder.

Thanks particularly for the morsing capability - had that on my BB and missed it.
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When you say free for 3 days does that mean it will only work for 3 days then we have to pay OR it's a free download for 3 days then you will start charging?
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Thanks for the awesome app. Works like a charm.
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When you say free for 3 days does that mean it will only work for 3 days then we have to pay OR it's a free download for 3 days then you will start charging?
Actually, I have had a change of heart. I am not going to start charging again. It will be free forever.
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When you say free for 3 days does that mean it will only work for 3 days then we have to pay OR it's a free download for 3 days then you will start charging?

+1 ???
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Thank you, this is excellent
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see the post above yours.
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That is really cool of you. Much thanks, you should have setup a spot for donations.
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Cool idea. I have added a donate through Paypal link in my signature.
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awesome ! widget is sweet. great job.
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Very Cool...Thank you
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Great app. Thanks for making it free!
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Now, among all the other electronic doodads I can store away will be my keychain LED flashlight . . . (Garmin, MP3 player, cameras, etc. - but still keeping my hammer and screwdriver handy)
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Love it! So nice to have a real phone with a flash that provides a REAL source of light, not just from the screen.

Thanks for being a part of it.
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thanks. just out of curiosity, why did you decide to make it free?
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Cool idea. I have added a donate through Paypal link in my signature.
Just donated a buck...nice work.
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Any chance of getting the LED's to come on at full brightness like they do when the camera comes on?
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Any chance of getting the LED's to come on at full brightness like they do when the camera comes on?
working on that. Trying to figure out what the camera app does differently.
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thanks. just out of curiosity, why did you decide to make it free?
278 people had downloaded the first one. I doubt I could get to all of them to let them know about this version in the 3 days that it was free. So I didn't feel like it would be fair to have them pay again.
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Cool idea. I have added a donate through Paypal link in my signature.
Can I make a suggestion as well, since I'd love to see you compensated by more people than just the folks that read this forum.

Make a second version of the app that is IDENTICAL in every way to the free one, and post it on the Market under "MotoTorch LED - Donations" and charge for it. You can note at the top of the description that the free version is identical.

I have seen a few apps follow this model on the market, and in a few instances, I've used the free version, loved it, and then purchased the donate one because I wanted to support the person.

Just a way for you to open the support option up to people other than the folks reading here.

Thanks for all the work!
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Can I make a suggestion as well, since I'd love to see you compensated by more people than just the folks that read this forum.

Make a second version of the app that is IDENTICAL in every way to the free one, and post it on the Market under "MotoTorch LED - Donations" and charge for it. You can note at the top of the description that the free version is identical.

I have seen a few apps follow this model on the market, and in a few instances, I've used the free version, loved it, and then purchased the donate one because I wanted to support the person.

Just a way for you to open the support option up to people other than the folks reading here.

Thanks for all the work!
Thanks. I think I will do that.
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I asked this on the MOTO forum thread, in https://supportforums.motorola.com/message/74435#74435 - but are you perchance planning on implementing the widget so it can control all three modes (on, strobe, and Morse)?

Also, I like the idea of a donation version - definitely worth a buck.
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I asked this on the MOTO forum thread, in https://supportforums.motorola.com/message/74435#74435 - but are you perchance planning on implementing the widget so it can control all three modes (on, strobe, and Morse)?

Also, I like the idea of a donation version - definitely worth a buck.
I hadn't really thought of having the widget handle the three modes.
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Make a second version of the app that is IDENTICAL in every way to the free one, and post it on the Market under "MotoTorch LED - Donations" and charge for it. You can note at the top of the description that the free version is identical.
If we could get the Morse Code field to remain sticky (and Strobe duration), I’d pay.
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If we could get the Morse Code field to remain sticky (and Strobe duration), I’d pay.
what do you mean "sticky"?
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I have added a Donation version to the Market.
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what do you mean "sticky"?
Enter a value, it remains there upon next use.
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ahh....you mean storing the value? That should be easy enough.
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Yes, storing the values.
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Lol - I'd set it for strobe for 10 seconds, and Morse would be set to send out SOS signals....
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I bought the lite version, I love the updates.

I especially like that the widget adds the flame when the light is on.

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I hadn't really thought of having the widget handle the three modes.
Just wanted to add my opinion: I like the widget as it is, the most important thing is that it's LITE. While I think the new features are cool, I'll open the app when I need to use them.

Great app.
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Great updates to an already great app!
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It will be free forever, not for just 3 days.

Apps --> Tools --> Just In.

1. Uses both a widget and a normal application to turn on the LEDs as a flashlight.
2. The widget icon will change depending on whether the LEDs are on or not.
3. The application will allow you to configure whether you want the screen to dim or not.
4. The application will allow you to use the LEDs as a strobe light.
5. The application will allow you to use the LEDs as a MORSE CODE sender, implementing the international Morse protocol.

To install the widget, Long Press on an open space on a HOME screen, choose "Widgets", then choose "MotoTorch LED".

I have also added a Donation version of the app to the Market. If you would like to donate toward MotoTorch's development, you can buy that version. BOTH VERSIONS ARE EXACTLY THE SAME. The free version is NOT limited in any way.

Scan the barcode below with Barcode Scanner to be taken directly to the Market.
Downloaded the free one, and I'll donate. Excellent little app. Thanks!
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thanks. I appreciate your efforts, if i had money to spare, i would donate.
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I bought the lite version, I love the updates.

I especially like that the widget adds the flame when the light is on.


Just wanted to add my opinion: I like the widget as it is, the most important thing is that it's LITE. While I think the new features are cool, I'll open the app when I need to use them.

Great app.
I suppose the best to ask for then would be for a 'simple' widget or a more 'robust' widget that would allow the user to choose which mode to use (and optionally, allow the user to set a default mode - for example, a short click on the widget runs the default mode, while a longer click would allow the user to pick which mode to use)....
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working on that. Trying to figure out what the camera app does differently.
when comparing to the BB Tour (my gf's) LED the mototorch seemed alot dimmer. if you could get the full brightness that would be awsome! i'm a little bit of a LED flashlight nerd so i'm pissed hers is brighter than mine.

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when comparing to the BB Tour (my gf's) LED the mototorch seemed alot dimmer. if you could get the full brightness that would be awsome! i'm a little bit of a LED flashlight nerd so i'm pissed hers is brighter than mine.

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Just wanting to say thanks to all those who have donated.
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when comparing to the BB Tour (my gf's) LED the mototorch seemed alot dimmer. if you could get the full brightness that would be awsome! i'm a little bit of a LED flashlight nerd so i'm pissed hers is brighter than mine.

PS: i donated.
Just to confirm, this is at the top of the list. It has been the main complaint.
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Its awesome, thanks a bunch!

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It appears that you now have it set up so that when the light is turned on (using the widget), the screen set to max brightness, any reason for this?

I know there were some complaints from people with the screen going dark (because of having to unlock the phone to get it back on), but why not set it to min brightness? Or auto? Or no adjustment?

When the light is on, the dimmer the screen, the better.
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Oddly enough I've been looking for a good LED app and I waited until today to pick one up, I go onto the marketplace and lo and behold! Great app! I know this may be a little out of the functionality of this app per say, but could you add (or recommend me to another app) the ability to input the morse code from the camera? i.e. if someone else has a phone that flashes in morse code (or some other device) you could aim your camera at it and read it.
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Speaking of screen brightness--since you've figured out how to turn the LEDs on and off, do you see a way to control their brightness in smaller steps?

For example, the current lowest screen brighness is still way too bright when using GM Navigation after sunset... Google should implement the night mode, with a dark screen and lighter features.
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