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OscarC
02-16-2011, 05:02 AM
I've published ConDroyd, my new FREE Android AOD schedule app in the Android Market. It includes all the events in the AOD schedule, including panels that aren't on the website yet. It also lets you star your must-attend events, and then you can filter to display just those events. You can also enable reminders for your starred events so you don't miss them.

You can download it for free by searching for "Condroyd" in the Market, or you can go to www.condroyd.com and either follow the link or scan the QR code.

I would love to hear any and all feedback, comments, suggestions, questions, feature requests, etc, about this app so I can improve it for future conventions.

Avatar Alvaang
02-16-2011, 10:48 AM
wish i had a droid...hopefully one will come out for apple =/

LordMoufMouf
02-16-2011, 11:32 AM
That sounds SO cool, Oscar. Too bad I don't have a smart phone - I would have loved to try it out.

DarkFujin
02-17-2011, 09:42 PM
Oh wow, I really appreciate you doing this, Oscar!

I just downloaded it and am checking it out right now. It's VERY helpful. I like how the main screen is clean and shows just the title/location, and when you click on it, it gives more info. That helps keep it free of clutter and easy to read. You even give an address and directions to the New People center, which is very much appreciated.

I'm assuming if I click on the star to the left of the item, it sets an alarm to remind me of that event?

I'd like to see this in the future for other cons as well. I never carry the programming guide on me, but I ALWAYS have my Droid. One thing I would like to see in the future is a list of the guests who will be attending as well.

I'm assuming you have an Android, which is why this is on the Android and not the iPhone? I realize that a lot of people have iPhones instead, so maybe this idea can be expanded at some point to a mobile-friendly website with a similar layout to this app, so that people can view it at a con with their iPhones/Androids/PSPs/etc.?

I think this app is really cool, and a great idea! Thanks for taking the time to do this!

OscarC
02-17-2011, 11:43 PM
Oh wow, I really appreciate you doing this, Oscar!

I just downloaded it and am checking it out right now. It's VERY helpful. I like how the main screen is clean and shows just the title/location, and when you click on it, it gives more info. That helps keep it free of clutter and easy to read. You even give an address and directions to the New People center, which is very much appreciated.

I think this app is really cool, and a great idea! Thanks for taking the time to do this!


You're very welcome! Please feel free to leave a comment in the Android Market if you haven't already!

I'm assuming if I click on the star to the left of the item, it sets an alarm to remind me of that event?


Yes, once you enable alarms in Preferences and set your alarm preferences. (I didn't enable alarms by default because I didn't want to annoy people.) Also, if you click on the star at the top, it will show you only the items that you've starred.

I'd like to see this in the future for other cons as well. I never carry the programming guide on me, but I ALWAYS have my Droid. One thing I would like to see in the future is a list of the guests who will be attending as well.


AOD is the second con I've published a schedule for (ALA was the first). I would love to publish schedules for future conventions as well, but for me to be able to publish a schedule, the convention would need to provide me the schedule information in a format that's programmatically readable (XML, iCalendar, CSV, etc). Finding someone at a convention who is willing and able to provide me this information can be challenging...

I'm also limited by the data provided by the con -- ALA provided info about who will be at each panel, so that was included. AOD did not, so the panel info screen doesn't have that. (Or did you want this information somewhere else?)

I'm assuming you have an Android, which is why this is on the Android and not the iPhone? I realize that a lot of people have iPhones instead, so maybe this idea can be expanded at some point to a mobile-friendly website with a similar layout to this app, so that people can view it at a con with their iPhones/Androids/PSPs/etc.?


I thought about doing a mobile website, but in the end I thought it would have too many limitations:
- No way to set alarms
- Internet connectivity at cons can be very unreliable (at ALA and DragonCon, it was non-existant in the panel rooms), and even when it's there, it's frequently slow.

I made an Android version because it's the easiest for me to program for, and because there is no approval process required to publish apps to the Android Market.

I would love to make an iOS version for iPhones, iTouchs, and iPads, but I don't have a Mac (which is required for writing iOS apps). However, if someone familiar with iOS programming is interested in such a project, I would be happy to work with them and share con schedule data files with them.