This is a Crash Tutorial for first time users. Please read also the more precise and complete Help page.

Take a look at this simple DominoLife for Android tutorial, made in DominoLife. It is a visual version of this Crash Tutorial.

General:

Views: There are two main views: the navigation view has colored borders, and the edit view has blue borders. In the navigation view, tap near the center of the screen to switch to the edit view. In the edit view, press the Save button (or use the Back key) to switch to the navigation view.

Navigation view: Tap near a green edge to advance to an existing node in the direction of the edge. Tap near a yellow edge to create a new node in the direction of the edge (you will be taken to the edit view for the new node). Tap near the center of the screen to edit the current node.

To create a DominoLife story (tree):

1) Open DominoLife. If this is the first time that you use DominoLife you see a default splash screen, otherwise you see the picture and text assigned to the first node of the last edited tree.

2) Open the Options menu – click “New tree”.

3) Give the new tree a name, for example newtree.

4) You see a warning “Created new tree DL_newtree”.

5) You are taken to the edit view for the first node of the new tree.

6) The edit view has a blue border and 4 on-screen icons for the main functions: Edit text, Pick picture, Record sound, Save. These functions are also available in the Options menu with the other edit functions.

7) Click the camera icon (or open the Options menu and click “Pick picture”) to add a picture.

8) Choose the picture. You see the picture with a crop rectangle. After cropping, you see the picture in the edit view (blue border).

9) Click the microphone icon (or open the Options menu and click “Record audio”) to record audio. Click “Start recording”. You see some light flashing colors driven by voice amplitude. Click “Save” to stop recording and save the audio clip. You can also choose “Pick audio” in the Options menu to insert an existing audio file. You can add many audio clips to a node. New audio clips are appended to the previous ones and played after them. See below for how to delete node files like audio clips and pictures.

10) Click the text icon (or open the Options menu and click “Edit text”) to edit the text. Click “Save” to save your edits.

11) Now your node is complete (you can edit it again later). Click “Save” or press the back key to go back to the main navigation view.

12) In the main view you see the picture and the text that you entered, and you hear the audio clip that you entered.

13) The left border is red, and the other borders are yellow because the tree has still only one node. Let’s create another node.

14) Tap near an edge, for example the right (forward) edge.

15) You hear a click, see a sliding motion, and move to a new node just created by the system. You are in the edit view for the new node (blue border, 4 icons on screen). You can edit this node by repeating the steps 7) to 11).

16) Now the tree has two nodes. In the main navigation view, tap near a green edge to move to an existing node in the direction of the edge. Tap near a yellow edge to create a new node in the direction of the edge (you will be taken to the edit view for the new node). Tap near the center of the screen to edit the current node.

17) There are many other features and functions. For example the Edit image tool (“Edit image” in the Options menu of the edit view) has many options and permits creating quite sophisticated pictures, hand-paint, choose colors and transparency, add text, pictures and clip art. Please see the Help page.

Node files options:

1) Edit the node (if you are not already in the edit view, tap near the center of the screen in the main navigation view to switch to the edit view). You are in the edit view when all borders are blue.

2) Open the options menu, click “More…” and then click “File manager”.

3) You see a list of files. There can be only one image called imageN, where N is the node id in the tree, and many audio files called audioN_0, audioN_1, …

4) Long press a file in the list for options.

5) Options are Delete, Save as clip art (only for images), Share, QuickShare. There is no Rename option because the file names must follow a rule.

6) Choose an option.

7 If you select to share the file (Share) with one of the installed applications, you see a list of applications that can handle the request. These depends on the file type and the applications that you have installed on the phone. For example, to share an audio file, I have the following options: [Bluetooth, Gmail, Dropbox]. Bluetooth and Gmail are pre-installed on Android devices, but I have the Dropbox option only because I have the Dropbox application installed. To share an image, I have also the Facebook option. Again, I have this option only because I have the Facebook application installed. Choose an application to share the file.

8) If you select QuickShare and if this is the first time that you use QuickShare, you must enter your Dropbox login information (after the first time the system will remember your login information). When you are logged in, you see a progress bar while the file is uplaoded to Dropbox. Then you can choose to share a link to Facebook by using the built-in “Facebook connect” option (the first time you will be asked for your Facebook login information), or to share a link to Facebook or another sharing network (for example Google+) via one of the installed applications. Wait for a confirmation, then press the Back key to exit QuickShare.

To share an entire tree:

1) In the main view (the view with the red, yellow and green borders), open the Options menu and click “Trees”.

2) Long press DL_newtree (the tree that you have created in the first part of this tutorial).

3) Choose Export.

4) DominoLife creates a zipfile DL_newtree.zip in the DominoLife storage directory, and you see some confirmation messages.

5) Open the Options menu and click “Exported trees” (in the second options screen after pressing More).

6) You see a list of exported zipfiles which now contains DL_newtree.zip.

7) Long press the file DL_newtree.zip for options.

8) Options are Rename – Delete – Share – QuickShare.

9) Choose an option.

10) If you select to share the file (Share) with one of the installed applications, you see a list of applications that can handle the request. These depends on the applications that you have installed on the phone. For example, I have the following options: [Bluetooth, Gmail, Dropbox]. Bluetooth and Gmail are pre-installed on Android devices, but I have the Dropbox option only because I have the Dropbox application installed. Choose an application to share the file.

11) If you select QuickShare and if this is the first time that you use QuickShare, you must enter your Dropbox login information (after the first time the system will remember your login information). When you are logged in, you see a progress bar while the file is uplaoded to Dropbox. Then you are prompted to enter a comment, and a link to the tree in your public Dropbox folder is published with the comment to the DominoLife web repository, where other users can preview, rate and download the tree to their phone for viewing and further editing. Then you can choose to share a link to Facebook by using the built-in “Facebook connect” option (the first time you will be asked for your Facebook login information), or to share a link to Facebook or another sharing network (for example Google+) via one of the installed applications. Wait for a confirmation, then press the Back key to exit QuickShare.

To get trees shared by other users:

1) The Get trees option in the main menu connects via the browser to the DominoLife web repository of trees shared by users to preview, download and rate trees. Downloaded trees can be imported into DominoLife for viewing and further editing.

2) If they use QuickShare with the Facebook application or the built-in “Facebook connect” option, a link to their tree will appear on their Facebook wall, and you can download it by opening m.facebook.com with the mobile broser and tapping the link. The tree will be downloaded to (probably, depending on your phone) the download folder of the SD card. Note: at the time of writing the Facebook application for Android is buggy, the mobile site m.facebook.com works much better.

3) If they use QuickShare with Google+, a link to their tree will appear on their Google+ stream and you can download it with the Google+ app. The tree will be downloaded to (probably, depending on your phone) the download folder of the SD card.

4) You can also receive trees by email, bluetooth, and other options.

To import a tree received from other users:

1) In the main navigation view, open the Options menu and click “Import”.

2) What happens now depends on the installed applications able to pick a file. Nearly all Android users have one or another file manager installed. We recommend that you install the ASTRO File Manager (free on the Android Market).

3) If you have a file manager installed, you will be able to import the tree in DominoLife. Locate the tree (for example in the Download folder of the SD card) and long press it.

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