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Free42 version 1.5.7a & 1.5.8a - 1.5.8f
03-19-2016, 10:44 PM (This post was last modified: 05-07-2016 02:44 PM by Gerald H.)
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Free42 version 1.5.7a & 1.5.8a - 1.5.8f
New Android version of Free42 with concealable action bar.
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03-20-2016, 08:10 AM
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RE: Free42 version 1.5.7a
Thats really nice!!.
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03-20-2016, 08:10 AM
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RE: Free42 version 1.5.7a
Great but how do you show it again after it has been concealed ?
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03-20-2016, 08:14 AM (This post was last modified: 03-20-2016 08:15 AM by Graan.)
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RE: Free42 version 1.5.7a
Preferences/style -> normal /restart calculator
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03-20-2016, 08:58 AM
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RE: Free42 version 1.5.7a
Yes but how do you get the preferences menu ?
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03-20-2016, 09:08 AM
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RE: Free42 version 1.5.7a
On my Samsung Galaxy S5 i just press and hold on the soft button outside of the display at the bottom (left of the middle hard button key). Guess it has a name but dont recall it.
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03-20-2016, 09:22 AM (This post was last modified: 03-20-2016 09:28 AM by Didier Lachieze.)
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RE: Free42 version 1.5.7a
On my Sony Z3 compact tablet (Lollipop) I just have this on the screen and no soft or hard buttons outside of the display :
   
I don't know how to get the preferences menu.
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03-20-2016, 09:38 AM
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RE: Free42 version 1.5.7a
Hmmm. Read that newer android phones mostly come without these buttons but Galaxy kept it by holding down the App capacitive button. So on my phone you can still get the menu.
Is this the reason why the new Free42 had the top bar menu option? Must be a way to get to the menu in another way on your phone.....
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03-20-2016, 09:46 AM
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RE: Free42 version 1.5.7a
(03-20-2016 09:38 AM)Graan Wrote:  Hmmm. Read that newer android phones mostly come without these buttons but Galaxy kept it by holding down the App capacitive button. So on my phone you can still get the menu.
Is this the reason why the new Free42 had the top bar menu option? Must be a way to get to the menu in another way on your phone.....

Yes, there is a way.

On my LIFETAB S7852, Android 4.4.2, should you conceal the action bar & then wish to reinstate it you need to: delete the app & reinstall.

ie Don't conceal the action bar!

Not a problem on the tablet as the screen is large enough.
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03-20-2016, 10:27 AM
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RE: Free42 version 1.5.7a
There is another way: the go41cx way. You can have the app competely full screen with no status or button bar, and then you can get the menu bar with a swipe from the bottom of the screen to the top. If only it could be the same for free42.
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03-20-2016, 11:09 AM
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RE: Free42 version 1.5.7a
Or just tap the display of the calculator. Think some apps have it but not sure....
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03-20-2016, 01:12 PM
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RE: Free42 version 1.5.7a
(03-20-2016 08:10 AM)Didier Lachieze Wrote:  Great but how do you show it again after it has been concealed ?

On my Nexus 6 with Lollipop, the standard Android buttons stay visible. There's also a menu thingy. "...", at the lower right that gets you back into the preferences.

It appears there are still problems for some folks but I gotta say, this is a great responsive change. Thomas Okken has always worked with great dedication on this extremely capable and useful tool, which runs on every single platform I know. He then gives it away under the GPL so we can actually enjoy it on whichever computing platforms we need or want to use. Bravo!


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Howard
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03-20-2016, 02:25 PM (This post was last modified: 03-20-2016 02:29 PM by Didier Lachieze.)
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RE: Free42 version 1.5.7a
(03-20-2016 01:12 PM)Howard Owen Wrote:  
(03-20-2016 08:10 AM)Didier Lachieze Wrote:  Great but how do you show it again after it has been concealed ?

On my Nexus 6 with Lollipop, the standard Android buttons stay visible. There's also a menu thingy. "...", at the lower right that gets you back into the preferences.
I have the standard Android buttons but not the menu one...
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03-20-2016, 02:55 PM
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RE: Free42 version 1.5.7a
I tested the new "style" selector on the Android Emulator running Android 4.0.2, and on a Nexus 6 running Android 5.0. On both of these, No Title and Full Screen modes have the "three dots" menu icon in the bottom right corner of the screen, in the navigation bar.

I don't know why the navigation bar would disappear on some devices; the Full Screen style should only remove the status and title/action bars. Hiding the navigation bar requires an entirely separate OS call, which Free42 never makes.

If there is no visible three-dots icon, you *should* still be able to access the menu by long-pressing one of the navigation buttons; typically the task switch button, but I've heard from people that the other buttons are also used on some devices, so you may have to try them all.
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03-20-2016, 02:57 PM
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RE: Free42 version 1.5.7a
(03-20-2016 11:09 AM)Graan Wrote:  Or just tap the display of the calculator. Think some apps have it but not sure....

That only works in the iPhone version.
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03-20-2016, 04:07 PM (This post was last modified: 03-20-2016 04:08 PM by Didier Lachieze.)
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RE: Free42 version 1.5.7a
(03-20-2016 02:55 PM)Thomas Okken Wrote:  I tested the new "style" selector on the Android Emulator running Android 4.0.2, and on a Nexus 6 running Android 5.0. On both of these, No Title and Full Screen modes have the "three dots" menu icon in the bottom right corner of the screen, in the navigation bar.

I don't know why the navigation bar would disappear on some devices; the Full Screen style should only remove the status and title/action bars. Hiding the navigation bar requires an entirely separate OS call, which Free42 never makes.

If there is no visible three-dots icon, you *should* still be able to access the menu by long-pressing one of the navigation buttons; typically the task switch button, but I've heard from people that the other buttons are also used on some devices, so you may have to try them all.

Hello Thomas, thanks for free42 and your support. However I don't have the three-dots icon with free42 while I have it with any of they goxx emulators such as go33c:
   
And I don't have access to the menu with a long press on any of the three navigation buttons...

I have a Sony Z3 compact tablet with Android 5.1.1
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03-20-2016, 04:35 PM
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RE: Free42 version 1.5.7a
(03-20-2016 04:07 PM)Didier Lachieze Wrote:  I don't have the three-dots icon with free42 while I have it with any of they goxx emulators such as go33c:

And I don't have access to the menu with a long press on any of the three navigation buttons...

I have a Sony Z3 compact tablet with Android 5.1.1

Aargh.

OK, I looked around a bit, and apparently whether or not the menu icon appears depends on the targetSdkVersion in the app manifest. The target version used to be 1.5, but I changed it to 3.0 in 1.5.7, thinking that was necessary to make the action bar work right.
Now I'm reading that the menu icon is *supposed* to be hidden in 3.0 or later, which is certainly consistent with what you are saying, but not with my own tests -- and the Android Emulator and Nexus 6 both run stock Android, no less.

Like I said, aargh. :-)

I'll see what I can do. In the meantime, you'll just have to choose between living with the action bar or living without the menu, I'm afraid.
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03-20-2016, 05:50 PM
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RE: Free42 version 1.5.7a
(03-20-2016 04:35 PM)Thomas Okken Wrote:  I'll see what I can do. In the meantime, you'll just have to choose between living with the action bar or living without the menu, I'm afraid.

I can live without the menu. Once the app is configured with the needed skins I don't need to change the settings. And if I need then I can delete the application data to get back the action bar, no need to uninstall/reinstall it.
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03-21-2016, 12:01 PM
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RE: Free42 version 1.5.7a
Hi,
Me I was automatikely update with on my smartphone.

GĂ©rard.
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03-21-2016, 12:23 PM
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RE: Free42 version 1.5.7a
(03-20-2016 05:50 PM)Didier Lachieze Wrote:  
(03-20-2016 04:35 PM)Thomas Okken Wrote:  I'll see what I can do. In the meantime, you'll just have to choose between living with the action bar or living without the menu, I'm afraid.

I can live without the menu. Once the app is configured with the needed skins I don't need to change the settings. And if I need then I can delete the application data to get back the action bar, no need to uninstall/reinstall it.

Exactly the same here.

Thomas, we are all thanking you for your work and the kindness of always keeping us satisfied!

Cheers
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