DominoLife for Android™ – Help

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.

Edit view: See the Help page in the edit 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.

Options (in the Options menu):

New tree: Create a new tree.

Trees: Show a list of existing trees. Press to open, long press for options (Rename, Delete, Export).

Get trees: Connect via the browser to the DominoLife repository of trees shared by users to preview, download and rate trees. Downloaded trees can be imported into DominoLife for viewing and further editing.

Import: Import a tree from a zip file. You need a file manager to locate the zip file to be imported. We recommend using the ASTRO File Manager (in the ASTRO File manager, long-press the zip file to import).

Settings: Choose the size, aspect ratio and format (.png or .jpg) of your images. These choices are saved as preferences.

Tree map: Show thumbnail images and text snippets for all nodes in the tree. Press to jump to the chosen node.

Exported trees: Show a list of the trees which you have exported as zip files. Long press for options (Rename, Delete, Share, QuickShare). The QuickShare option requires a Dropbox account.

Sent files: Show a list of the files which you have shared. You can safely delete these files to save space.

Help: Show this Help page.

About DominoLife: Show a DominoLife information page.

More detailed help:

A tree is composed of nodes, where each node is a bundle which can include text, pictures, audio and graphics. If the text and the image have not been defined, the node shows default text and a default image. A node has edges which can be green, red or yellow.

Press New tree in the Options menu to create a new tree, or press Trees to open an existing tree. The default tree is called DL_default_tree and cannot be deleted or renamed, therefore we recommend to create a new working tree when you start the application for the first time.

Tap near an edge to advance to the next node in that direction. The edge is green if there is an existing node in that direction, yellow otherwise. Tapping near a yellow edge takes to a new node creation screen, in the edit view. The left edge of the first node of a tree is always red (no new node allowed before the first).

Note that the direction of the parent node is always “back” regardless of the direction followed to reach the current node from its parent.

Tap near the center of the screen to access the edit view for the current node. The node is shown with a blue border (all edges are blue) in the edit view. The edit view has options (in the Options menu) for adding and editing pictures, text notes, voice and sound clips, and freehand drawings, and File manager options for managing the multimedia files associated to a node. The four main options (Edit text, Pick picture, Record audio and Save) are also available as on-screen icons. See the Help page in the Options menu of the edit view for more help. Use the Save option or press the back key to exit the edit view and return to the main navigation view.

Use the text editor in the edit menu to edit the text in the node.

You can choose a picture from the Gallery or another location, choose an existing audio clip, or record a new audio clip. There is an image editor with touch panting and image creation features. The image editor has an extensible clip art gallery, and you can save your own images as clip art. You can add several audio clips to a node. New audio clips are appended to the previous ones.

Use Settings in the main Options menu to choose the size, aspect ratio and format (.png or .jpg) of your images. These choices are saved as preferences. Please note that you can edit images larger than the screen, but you must choose a size appropriate to your phone to avoid out of memory errors.

The application stores images and audio in the DominoLife folder of the external storage (usually the SD card).

The edit menu has also an option to delete selected images and audio clips from the current node (in the File manager), and an option to delete the current node. You cannot delete a node with children without first deleting all children. You cannot delete the first node of a tree (see below for how to delete a whole tree). If a node is deleted, the application takes the user back to the parent node.

Deleted image and audio are deleted from the DominoLife storage folder, but their sources are never deleted.

The New tab of the main Options menu permits creating a new tree. You can access the list of trees with the Trees tab in the main Options menu. Tap a tree to open it, or long-press for options such as delete, rename, or export.

You cannot delete or rename the default tree. Therefore it is better using the default tree only as an entry point, and working with other trees. Deleting a tree will remove all associated images and audio from the DominoLife storage folder (without deleting the sources). Deleting or renaming a large tree may take some time.

DominoLife permits easily exporting and importing trees. To export a tree as a zip file, long-press it in the Trees menu. The Exported trees menu has a list of exported trees, with options to delete, rename or share the zip file (long press for options).

The internal QuickShare tool for one-click social sharing stores a file to the public folder of the user’s Dropbox account and publishes a link to the DominoLife web repository and optionally to the user’s Facebook wall. It does not require the Dropbox or Facebook applications, only Dropbox and Facebook accounts. QuickShare has also an option to use one of the installed applications (like Google+ or Seesmic) instead of the built-in Facebook option.

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

To import a tree, use the Import menu and a file manager to locate the zip file to be imported. We recommend using the ASTRO File Manager (in the ASTRO File manager, long-press the zip file to import). Trees can be exchanged by email or by using a sharing service such as Dropbox. Importing a large tree is the most time consuming feature of DominoLife and may take some time.

Shared files and trees are saved in the “sent” folder of the DominoLife storage area and can be listed with the Sent files menu option. You can safely delete these files to save space.

Help – Edit view

On-screen icons: Edit text, Pick picture, Record audio, Save. See below for explanations.

Options (in the Options menu):

Edit text: Edit the text, press Save when finished.

Pick picture: Choose a picture and crop it to the size and aspect ratio defined in Settings (in the main Options menu). On many devices this also permits launching the camera application to take a new picture.

New / Edit image: Start the image editor. If there is an image associated to the node you will be able to edit it, otherwise you will start with a blank image. Please see the Help page in the Image Editor Options menu.

Record audio: Record a new audio clip with the DominoLife audio recording tool. Please note that new clips are appended to previous clips and played sequentially one after another (see the File manager for delete options).

Save: Save and back to the main navigation view. Same as pressing the Back key.

Pick audio: Choose an existing audio file. On many devices this also permits launching the default audio recorder. Please note that new clips are appended to previous clips and played sequentially one after another (see the File manager for delete options).

Delete node: Delete this node and all associated files (picture and audio clips).

File manager: long press for options (Delete, Save as clip art, Share, QuickShare). The QuickShare option requires a Dropbox account and an account with a sharing service like Facebook. You can delete the image and any audio clip associated to the node. Please note that the files selected will be deleted from both the DominoLife database and storage area. Please note that the Share option works via the installed applications: for example if you want to share files via Min.us, you must have the Min.us application installed (it is free on the Android Market). Some file sharing options such as Gmail and Bluetooth are preinstalled on most Android devices.

The internal QuickShare tool for one-click social sharing stores a file to the public folder of the user’s Dropbox account and optionally publishes a link to the user’s Facebook wall. It does not require the Dropbox or Facebook applications, only Dropbox and Facebook accounts. QuickShare has also an option to use one of the installed applications (like Google+ or Seesmic) instead of the built-in Facebook option.

Shared files are saved in the “sent” folder of the DominoLife storage area and can be listed with the Sent files option of the main menu. You can safely delete these files to save space.

Tools: Show a text dump of the database table for the current tree. Used for testing, may be deleted or re-purposed in future releases.

Help: Shows this Help page.

Help – Image Editor

The Image Editor permits touch painting, image editing and overlays. Use the Back key to save and return to the edit view.

Options (in the Options menu):

Save/Scroll or Edit: Toggle between Scroll mode and Edit mode. The image is saved before switching to Scroll mode.

Color: Choose the current color and transparency (Alpha).

Shapes: Choose a shape for the next edits. You can choose geometric shapes, freehand, text, clip art or picture overlays. Use the Back key to exit.

Controls: Choose options such as Fill, Blur or Erase, which can be used together to create sophisticated effects. Use the Back key to exit.

Background image: Choose a background image and crop it to the current size and aspect ratio defined in Settings (in the main Options menu). On many devices this also permits launching the camera application to take a new picture.

Line: Thickness (in pixels) of lines, freehand paint and geometric contours. Use the Back key to exit.

Help: Shows this Help page.

More detailed help:

There is a scrolling mode and an editing mode. The scrolling mode permits editing images larger than the screen, but of course you will get an out of memory error if the image is too heavy for your device’s memory. Your work is saved to a temporary file before changing to the scrolling mode. Use the Options menu to choose between Save/Scroll or Edit mode.

In the Edit mode, use the Options menu to choose shapes, colors and other options. The options in Shapes are mutually exclusive (you can only choose one), whereas the options in Controls, such as Fill or Blur, can be used together to create sophisticated effects. In the Color menu, you can choose the current color and transparency (Alpha).

You can select a background image, and pictures or clip art to use as overlays. To add an overlay picture, select Picture in Shapes and choose the picture. To add overlay clip art, select Clip art in Shapes and choose the clip. You can add your own work to the Clip art library as explained in the main menu.

To erase, choose a suitable eraser shape in Shapes and the Erase option in Controls. For example you can choose a large rectangular shape with the Erase and Fill options (in Controls) to erase a large portion of the screen, or a Freehand shape with a thin Line to erase small details. The background image will not be erased.

To save memory, the application saves the image to disk before each scroll, so you will be able to erase only edits made since the last scroll.



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