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New iOS WP-34s & WP-31s emulators
01-15-2016, 07:09 PM
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New iOS WP-34s & WP-31s emulators
New versions are available on the iTunes store. Except for the use of a much more recent version of the firmware, changes are minor.
Surprisingly, they may not appear in your normal updates or on iPad, the "Send us email" may not work.
A solution is to delete the App and download it again. Should the memory be kept, it is possible to export it first and the re-import it after the clean install.

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01-15-2016, 07:46 PM
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RE: New iOS WP-34s & WP-31s emulators
(01-15-2016 07:09 PM)pascal_meheut Wrote:  the "Send us email" may not work.
The update went smoothly on my iOS 9 iPAD mini. Where is the "mail" option?

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01-15-2016, 08:39 PM
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RE: New iOS WP-34s & WP-31s emulators
(01-15-2016 07:46 PM)Marcus von Cube Wrote:  Where is the "mail" option?

In the information popup: touch (i) on the bottom left of the WP-34s screen and scroll down.
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01-16-2016, 03:22 AM
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RE: New iOS WP-34s & WP-31s emulators
(01-15-2016 07:09 PM)pascal_meheut Wrote:  New versions are available on the iTunes store.
Has anyone experimented with the "Codename One" IDE. They claim that you can write your application once and have it run on iPhone, Android, and Windows mobile devices, all with a single common codebase.

I knew that someone would eventually consolidate these app development tools so that developers wouldn't have to do their work two or three times to support the various mobile devices in the market.
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01-16-2016, 06:46 AM
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RE: New iOS WP-34s & WP-31s emulators
(01-16-2016 03:22 AM)BarryMead Wrote:  Has anyone experimented with the "Codename One" IDE. They claim that you can write your application once and have it run on iPhone, Android, and Windows mobile devices, all with a single common codebase.

I knew that someone would eventually consolidate these app development tools so that developers wouldn't have to do their work two or three times to support the various mobile devices in the market.

Plenty of tools claim they do so and some of them even succeed. For instance, Qt, the library used to develop the Windows/OSX/Linux emulator could also be used for an iOS & Android emulator with some adaptations.

As usual with such tools, the issues are elsewhere:

- how close to a native application can we be?
- how long will they be available?
- how fast do they support new devices, new OS versions?
- do they really support all the native functionalities?
- how hard is it overcome bugs or limitations?

And so on. Which is why they may be a good solution but also a trap.
When it comes to building a WP-34s emulator for Android, the main issue is not the code but the need to support many screen resolutions & hardware/software versions.
The iOS emulator uses 5 or so bitmaps for the various iPad/iPhone resolutions and each of them is tailor made to be as readable as possible: there is no formula to choose the font & margin size for instance.
Designing an android-compatible mechanism and adapting to the platform rules, peculiarities & store is more work than writing the emulation code in native Java. So the gain of a multi-platform IDE is not as big as one could think in this case.
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01-16-2016, 08:33 AM
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RE: New iOS WP-34s & WP-31s emulators
Pascal:

I want to thank you for the EXCELLENT education you provided about the inner workings of iOS and Android application development. I must admit that I am ignorant on this subject, as I don't even own a cell phone. I had a tablet, but gave it to my daughter since I was never using it. To an uninformed outsider (like myself) an Android looks very similar to an iPhone, but from what you just said, there are far more significant differences than there are similarities. Perhaps someday, when phone/tablet makers become more interested in interoperability than in hiding features from their competition, standards will converge, and better cross platform tools will emerge. Thanks for explaining it, and for all the hard work you invested in creating the superb Windows/Linux/Mac/iOS versions of the WP-34S and WP-31S emulators. Sincerely, Barry
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01-16-2016, 12:53 PM
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Thank you Pascal for the updates! I use both calculators on my iPhone.
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01-19-2016, 12:50 PM
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RE: New iOS WP-34s & WP-31s emulators
Thanks Pascal. The WP-31S 'about' page has the title of "WP34S Info" at the top. Nothing major but I thought I would point it out.

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01-19-2016, 07:46 PM
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RE: New iOS WP-34s & WP-31s emulators
(01-19-2016 12:50 PM)Sanjeev Visvanatha Wrote:  The WP-31S 'about' page has the title of "WP34S Info" at the top. Nothing major but I thought I would point it out.

Indeed. And this strange because the code to replace it by "WP31s" is present.
I'll fix it and it will appear in the next release, someday...
Apple process to publish a new version is too slow and cumbersome to fix such a small problem only.
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01-26-2016, 02:02 PM (This post was last modified: 01-26-2016 02:03 PM by plivesey.)
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RE: New iOS WP-34s & WP-31s emulators
I see that iOS 6 is now a minimum requirement. My first generation iPad is sad.

Your work on this emulator is much appreciated however.
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01-26-2016, 04:51 PM
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(01-26-2016 02:02 PM)plivesey Wrote:  I see that iOS 6 is now a minimum requirement. My first generation iPad is sad.

It would be hard to support older versions: Apple development tools do not offer emulators anymore so testing would mean keeping several versions of such tools (which is not that easy) or the real hardware.
For an individual giving the application for free (and paying Apple fees yearly just to be on the AppStore), this is close to impossible.
So I support everything that is "reasonable".
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02-01-2016, 01:14 PM
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RE: New iOS WP-34s & WP-31s emulators
(01-26-2016 04:51 PM)pascal_meheut Wrote:  
(01-26-2016 02:02 PM)plivesey Wrote:  I see that iOS 6 is now a minimum requirement. My first generation iPad is sad.

It would be hard to support older versions: Apple development tools do not offer emulators anymore so testing would mean keeping several versions of such tools (which is not that easy) or the real hardware.
For an individual giving the application for free (and paying Apple fees yearly just to be on the AppStore), this is close to impossible.
So I support everything that is "reasonable".

I fully appreciate this and really do appreciate your work; it's only in the last few weeks that I've finally given up supporting PPC on OSX, it was getting silly!

This might just be the excuse I need to upgrade.
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02-01-2016, 01:20 PM
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(02-01-2016 01:14 PM)plivesey Wrote:  This might just be the excuse I need to upgrade.

Should you stay with the iPad, the Air2 is a much nicer machine than the original one: lighter, better screen, much faster...
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11-26-2016, 01:24 PM
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RE: New iOS WP-34s & WP-31s emulators
pascal_meheut

Thanks for useful app but is it possible to add loading other firmware, for example, "Complex Lock mode"?
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11-26-2016, 01:53 PM
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(11-26-2016 01:24 PM)Leonid Wrote:  Thanks for useful app but is it possible to add loading other firmware, for example, "Complex Lock mode"?

No it's not as the firmware is the code. Loading another firmware is the same as pushing another version to the App Store, not a simple process.
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04-03-2017, 03:00 AM
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RE: New iOS WP-34s & WP-31s emulators
Hi

A new version of the WP31s emulator is available and the WP34s should arrive as soon as Apple approves it.
They fix a extra CPU & battery usage/heating problem that some users had noticed but I've just been able to pinpoint it thanks to the help of one of them.

They have been compiled with the last versions of the firmware too.

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