● Why do I have to purchase Cloud Connector/Sync Provider when I already have the paid version?

August 29, 2013 at 3:07 PMAdministrator

Cloud Connector/Sync Provider enables user to sync/share lists between our cloud server, devices and users. Since not every body needs this feature, we make it separate purchase. You only buy it when you want it and it is one time purchase. We try to keep our apps at reasonable price. This will give users more flexible purchase option.

Posted in: FAQ | General

What's the difference between paid version and lite version of My Party Planner?

August 29, 2013 at 2:41 PMAdministrator

The lite version has Ads.

The paid version doesn't have Ads and allow you to customize text size and text/background colors. It also allow you to send party info by email/message.

Posted in: FAQ | My Party Planner

Chore Checklist User Guide(Android)

August 28, 2013 at 6:49 AMAdministrator


Video Tutorial



User Guide

Routine View

In this view, user can manage lists by routines. It is opened by default when click on the app icon. User can change it to open "Due Date View" by default in Settings.

Manage Lists

To create a new list, click on "Menu"->"More"->"Manage Lists..."->"New List".

To delete a list, click on "Menu"->"More"->"Manage Lists..."->"Delete List".

To rename a list, click on "Menu"->"More"->"Manage Lists..."->"Rename List".

To email or backup a list, click on "Menu"->"More"->"Manage Lists..."->"Send List/Backup List". Check the "Backup and Restore Lists" at the end of this help for more info.

To email a list for chores overdue or due on certain day, click on "Menu"->"More"->"Manage Lists..."->"Send Chores Overdue" or "Send Chores by Due Date"

Add Routine

To add new routines, click on "Menu"->"New Routine". You may enter frequency which is how often you want to do the chores under this routine. For example, you can set the routine as every 2 days, every 2 weeks, every 3 months and etc.

Edit/Delete Routine

To edit/delete a routine, press and hold its name. Choose "Edit"/"Delete" from the popup menu. You may also set the completion date, due date and reminder for all the existing chores on a routine. The display options allow you to select which routine will be displayed in widget and will always expanded in the list.

Add Chore

To add new chore under a routine, press and hold a routine, then select "New Chore" from pop-up menu.

Edit/Delete Chore

To edit/delete a chore, press and hold it's name. Choose "Edit"/"Delete" from the popup menu. You may edit the name, notes, progress, location and etc.

You can change how it calculates the next due date. It defaults to use previous due date. That is if you have a weekly chore set to be done on every Sunday. The next due date will always be on Sunday. You may choose to calculate base on the completion date. So if you finished it on Tuesday, the next due date will be next Tuesday, not Sunday.

You may clear the completion date. You may also clear the due date if the chore is not under repeating routine. For chores under repeating routine, you cannot clear the due date since it is system calculated.

If you entered notes for a chore, an information icon will be displayed on the list view. To get a quick view of the notes, you may touch the icon, a toast window will show up with the notes.

If the progress is set, a progress bar will also show on the list view.

Since v2.3.0, users can enter optional start/end date for a chore. The chore will only be active with the start/end date. To show/hide start/end date, click on the "Setting" icon on the right of Due Date button.

To copy/paste a chore, long press the chore and then choose "Copy"/"Paste" from the popup menu.

To move a chore from one routine to another, long press the chore. Click on "Move To Routine..." from popup menu and choose the destination routine.

Move Chores Between Lists

To move a chore from one list to another, long press the chore and click on "Add To Existing List" in popup menu and choose a list.

To move a routine from one list to another, long press the routine and click on "Add To Existing List" in popup menu and choose a list.

Complete/Skip Chore

When check off a daily or one-time chore, the completion date will be set to today. When check off other type of chores, a date selection window will popup to have you enter completion date. If the chore has a reminder, it will be re-calculated based on the next due date.

If a chore has passed its due date, you may choose to skip the chore instead of completing it. Tap and hold the chore. Choose "Skip" from popup menu. It will re-calculate the next due date without changing the completion date.

Day Patterns For Daily Routine(Full Version Only)

For chores under daily routine, you can now set which day of the week the chores need to be done. For example, you can choose only the weekdays or weekends, etc.

The day pattern will be displayed on the list view when it is set.

Set Reminder

For chores under daily routine, you can set the reminder to specific time of a day. It will automatically repeat daily. For other routines, the reminder will be set to relatively to the due date or specific time on the due date. It will not repeat until you complete/skip the chore. A clock icon will show on the list view when a chore has reminder set up. You may tap the icon to see what time is the reminder set to.

Since version 2.0, users are allowed to create multiple lists. To enable reminder in multiple lists, click on "Menu"->"More"->"Settings..."->"Enable Reminder For Lists".

Re-Order Chores/Routines

To re-order the chores under a routine or move chores across routines, click on "Menu"->"Sort by..."->"Sort Manually" and touch the icon on the left of a chore. Start dragging the chore and drop it to desired place. You may also drag it to another routine.

To re-order the routines, first collapse the list. Click on "Menu"->"Sort by..."->"Sort Manually" and touch the icon on the left of a routine. Start dragging the routine and drop it to desired place.

You can sort the chores alphabetically, by due date or by location.

Automatic Reset

Daily routine will be reset everyday. That is if you checked some items today, they will be unchecked automatically after midnight.

(Full version only: You can change the auto reset time to any hour other than midnight in "Settings". For example, you can set the "Auto-Reset" time to 3am if you don't want the chores to be reset until 3am)

Chores in other recurring routines will be automatically unchecked based on the following two options

1) Due date is calculated from previous due date

If you finish a chore before its due date, then it will be unchecked when the due date is passed;

If you finish a chore on its due date, then it will be unchecked when it is half way towards the next due date;

If you finish a chore after its due date but choose "Yes" when prompted "If you complete it for previous cycle", then the chore also will be unchecked when it is half way towards the next due date.

2) Due date is calculated from completion date

Chore will be unchecked when it is half way towards the next due date.

Show Overdue & Due Today

To display chores overdue and due today only, click on "Menu"->"More"->"Show Overdue & Due Today". To change it back, click on "Menu"->"More"->"Show All Chores".

Hide Completed Chores

To hide completed chores, click on "Menu"->"More"->"Hide Completed Chores". To change it back, click on "Menu"->"More"->"Show Completed Chores".

Backup and Restore List

To backup all lists, click on "Menu"->"Backup and Restore"->"Backup". Then click on "Backup" to use the default folder or "Select Folder" to choose different location.

To restore all lists, click on "Menu"->"Backup and Restore"->"Restore". It will open default backup location. Choose the folder which contains backup files and click on "Restore". If you have chosen different backup location, then navigate to that location and click on "Restore".

You must use "Backup and Restore" feature to recover data if you need to un-install/re-install the app or upgrade from lite to full version.

Reports (Full version only)

When you check off a chore, the app will save the completion date to reports. The reports are grouped by routines.

To view the reports, click on "Menu"->"More"-"Reports...". Choose a routine.

Daily routine will have calendar like report as well as graph report. You choose a chore from dropdown list on the top. Since the app auto reset daily chore everyday, you may not be able to record a completion date in time. This report gives you a chance to record past completion date. You can tap on a day to set the completion date or to clear it.

Since v2.3.0, users can also view last 30 days of completion report for daily chores in Routine View. Just tap the graph icon on the right of the daily routine(next to "+" icon) to show and hide it. If you have many daily chores, please consider only show the report when it is necessary since it will affect the performance of the app.

The reports for other routines will only display the completion date along with due date. You will not be able to change them.

You can export/email reports by click on "Menu"->"More"->"Export/Email Reports". It will generate text report in the email body and a CSV file which you can view it in Excel.

Sync And Share Lists (Full version only with separate purchase of Cloud Connector)

To use this feature, you will need to purchase "Chore Checklist Cloud Connector" and register on our web site first.

To login, click on "Menu"->"Sync List"->"Login".

To upload a new list or sync an existing list, open the list first in app view. Then click on "Menu"->"Sync List"->"Sync/Upload List". Your list will be uploaded to our server and your changes will be merged with other changes on the server since your last download/upload.

To download a list, click on "Menu"->Sync List"->"Download List". The app will retrieve all the available lists from server and allow you to choose which one you want to download. A shared list will have the owner's name next to the list name. Users can share and update the same list. Note: if you haven't upload your changes to the server, they will be lost if you download the same list again.

You can now enable auto-sync for lists. Click on "Menu"->"Sync List"->"Enable Auto-Sync For Lists" and choose the lists you want. The auto sync will happen when you start up the app and when you leave the app.

Settings(Full Version Only)

There are several settings under Menu->More->Settings...

You can also change the starting day of a week if you are using day patterns for daily routine. It defaults to Sunday.

There is a setting to show/hide the soft keyboard when opening the chore detail view.

Since 1.5.0, user can choose reset time instead of using the default one which is midnight. By default, all the daily chores will be unchecked after midnight. Now you can set it to 1 AM, 2 AM and etc.

There are also settings for default alarm ringtone and background colors.

Since 2.2.0, user can choose dark or light theme on Android 3.0+.

Due Date view

In this view, chores are sorted by due date. You are able to combine lists in due date view. Click on "Menu"->"Choose List", check the lists you want to display in due date view. If you want, you can also set the due date view as default view. So every time when you start the app, it will open due date view by default. This settings is in "Menu"->"More"->"Settings..."->"Settings"

Edit Chores

In this view, long press a chore, you can choose to edit the detail of a chore.

Since 2.2.0, there are some shortcut options added for one-time chores. User can quickly add one-time chore by click on "Quick One-Time Chore" menu item. The app will prompt user to choose a list and a routine for the chores to be added to the first time. You may change it by click on "Menu"->"Settings"->"Change Quick One-Time Routine"

You can quickly "Set Due Date To Today", "Clear Due Date" and "Delete Chore" if the chore is one-time chore/task.

Sync Lists (Full version with Chore Checklist Cloud Connector only)

Syncing lists in due date view will sync all opened lists in this view.

Progress and Timer

In Due Date View, long press on a chore, you will be able to access "Progress and Timer" popup which allow you to time your work and set progress easily.

Note: Some phones have issue loading the widget since we added the widget customization in v1.4.3(Full). If it happens, you may go to "Menu"->"More"->"Settings" to turn off widget customization. Unfortunately, you won't be able to change the widget style in that case.


On Android 1.5-2.3.7, this application has one widget in lite version and three different size widgets in full version.

New in 2.2.0: On Android 3.0+, this application provides a scrollable/resizable interactive widget for both lite and full version. User can check off chores and quickly add one-time chores from widget. When check off chores in widget, please make sure to save the changes by clicking the save button on the top-left corner of widget.

The widget displays all the chores in Due Date View sorted by due date. Overdue chores are on the top, followed by chores due today and due later.

Since 2.3.0, user can choose to hide chores due more than certain number of months in widget.

Edit List On Desktop

We provide free online editor at www.dotnetideas.com for users who purchased the full version and cloud connector.

● Where is the Menu button?

August 22, 2013 at 7:51 PMAdministrator

Depends on your device, the "Menu" button can be a physical button or a soft button. Here are a few examples:

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If you have Android OS 4.0+, the "Menu" button is the 3 vertical dot on the screen. It can be either at the bottom or on the top right corner of the screen.

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On some devices, the app switch button(the right most button with the two overlapping square) also acts as a menu button. You need to "Press and Hold" it in order to have the menu show up.


Posted in: FAQ

What do those colors mean in Chore Checklist(Android) and how to customize it?

August 21, 2013 at 8:42 AMAdministrator

chorechecklist_screenshot4In Chore Checklist(Android), there are pre-set background colors for chores. Red is for chores overdue. Orange is for chores due today and tomorrow. Lime green is for chores which have been skipped more than twice. These colors help you to identify chores need to be addressed quickly.

You can customize them in paid version. Go to "Menu"->"More"->"Settings…"->"Settings" and find them under "Style". You can change to any color you like.

You can customize colors used in Widget as well. However, we ran into an issue with "Widget Customization" on certain devices. It would not load the widget if that option is turned on. In that case, you have to turn off "Widget Customization" in order to use widget and you have to use default colors.

● Why do I get "Fail to access SD card. If you have USB storage turned on, please turn it off." error?

August 21, 2013 at 8:37 AMAdministrator

All of our lists are saved on SD card. If you have USB connected, the app will not be able to save the lists to SD card. So you need to disconnect USB storage when using our app.

You will also need to have enough free space on you SD card. How much free space it needs depends on how big your list is and how many lists you have. The pre-loaded packing master list needs about 10KB.

Occasionally you may get this error when you don't have USB connected. In that case, please make sure you don't have special characters in your file name. Characters such as ', /, \ are not allowed.

Another scenario is the saving of a list got interrupted somehow so an incomplete list was saved. Therefore the app could not open it again. In this case, please contact us so we can try to fix the file for you.

Posted in: FAQ

Packing List

August 14, 2013 at 1:33 PMAdministrator




Do you feel like you forget something every time you pack for a trip?


Do you find yourself dread creating packing list again and again for different trips?



Try stress-free packing with Packing List


Packing List app helps you create and maintain packing lists with ease. It not only lets user to create a list from scratch, but more importantly it also allows you to generate lists from an existing one. It has the following key features:






Easy list creation and editing

This application comes with a pre-loaded packing master list. You can simply generate new lists from this master list or any lists you created in no time.

It supports multiple lists. So you can create one for your business trip, another one for camping trip and another one for beach vacation and so on.

Items grouped by categories by default. Each item also has note, quantity and weight fields. Mass change features allow you to edit lists more easily.





Group by location or luggage to make packing a breeze

You can group items by location and luggage when you start packing. It will automatically calculate the total weight for each luggage if you entered weight for items.






Email lists

You may also email and share your lists. Printing out a copy of the lists helps you in case of lost luggage.




ID-100192399_thumb1Syncing/sharing lists between devices and users


With the help of cloud connector, it enables you to sync/share lists between devices and users. It also allows you to backup your lists to our cloud server.

We provide online list editor for easy list editing. It also allows you to import multiple items at one time. Check out this video tutorial on how to do it.

We also provide list catalog ranging from “International Travel” to “Scuba Diving” packing lists. You can easily import the whole list or selected items into your cloud storage. Then download it to your mobile device.




You can get this app at the following stores:

Get it on Google Play Available on Amazon App StoreAvailable on the App Store


Please check the latest release notes here:

You can also find user guide here:

(Images by Stuart Miles, ddpavumba, sscreations, Victor Habbick, Rawich, Salvatore Vuono at FreeDigitalPhotos.net)

Posted in: Packing List

What's the difference between paid version and lite version of Grocery Helper?

August 12, 2013 at 2:35 PMAdministrator

The lite version has Ads.

The paid version doesn't have Ads and has the following features:

  • Mass change(edit multiple items at the same time)
  • Customize text/background colors
  • Sync/Share/Backup lists (separate purchase of Sync Provider is required)

Posted in: FAQ | Grocery Helper

● How to sync lists between devices using the same account?

August 12, 2013 at 10:55 AMAdministrator

This FAQ is about how to sync lists using the same account. If you want to know how to share lists between different accounts, please watch this video tutorial.

To sync lists between devices, you need to purchase and install full/paid version and Cloud Connector/Sync Provider on both devices. You don't have to purchase different copies if you use the same Google Play account. (If you still see the purchase prompt after installing the Cloud Connector/Sync Provider, kill and restart the app or reboot your phone.)

After making sure everything is installed, go to www.dotnetideas.com from your desktop. Click on “login/sign up” button on the top right corner. Then click on “Sign up now” link and follow the instruction to register.

You can also register from the app. Please following the steps below:

  • Click on “Menu”->”Sync List”
  • Click on “Login/Register”
  • Click on “Register” button
  • Follow the instruction to register

After the registration, you should be able to upload your list from one device by clicking on “Menu”->”Sync List”->”Sync/Upload List”. Then from the other device, click on “Menu”->”Sync List”->”Download List” to download that list. It will prompt you to enter your member id/password if you haven't login from the device.

There is a “Auto-Sync” feature which allows the app to automatically sync whenever you open/close the app. You can enable/disable it for lists by clicking on “Menu”->”Sync List”->”Enable Auto-Sync For Lists”.

Posted in: FAQ | General

Grocery Helper User Guide(Android)

August 7, 2013 at 3:05 PMAdministrator

Video Tutorial





User Guide


Inventory List View

Create New List

This app comes with two pre-loaded grocery lists. One is for food related items and another for non food items. You may edit them to fit your needs or you can create a new one.

To create a new list, click on “Menu”->”More”->"Manage List"->”New List” and enter the list name.

Add Category

To add category, click on “Menu”->”New Category”. Or if you have the quick edit box showing at the bottom,  collapse any category or collapse all, the button at the bottom will say “Add Category”. You can then enter a name and click on “Add Category” button to add a category.

Add Item

To add item under a category, press and hold the category and choose “New Item” from the popup menu. Or if the quick edit box is showing at the bottom, you may expand the category, the button at the bottom will change to “Add Item”. Enter the name of the item and click on “Add Item”.

Edit/Delete existing Category/Item

To edit/delete a category/item, press and hold the category/item until the menu popup. Choose corresponding menu items to complete the action. You may edit the name, quantity, location and luggage for each item.

Move/Re-order Items

To move an item from one category to another, press and hold the item until the menu popup. Choose “Change Category” and select a new category for the item.

You may also drag/drop item within category or across categories. Touch the empty space on the left of the check box, start to drag the item and drop it at desired place.

Re-order Categories

To re-order categories, touch the very left of a category and drag/drop it to desired place.

Mass Change (full version only)

Mass Change helps to apply the same edit to multiple items. Click on "Menu"->"Mass Change..." to enter mass change mode.

Once you are in Mass Change mode, a little panel with three buttons will show up at the bottom of the screen.

To quickly set quantity, store, location and unit for multiple items, check the items then click on "Mass Change". Make changes to the fields you want to edit in the popup window. Make sure the checkbox in front that field is checked and click "OK"

To delete multiple items, click "Delete" button and confirm in the prompt.

To move multiple items from one list to another, first check those items, then click on "Add Items to Existing List" and choose a list from popup window

Manage Inventory

This app makes inventory management much easier. You just tap on the inventory level icon on the right of each item. A popup window will display a row of inventory level icon from empty to full. Tap one of the icon to adjust the level. You may enter quantity if you want more precise number.

Since version 1.3.0, this operation is changed to use expandable panel by default. Instead of displaying a popup window, the app will display a blue panel with 5 inventory level icons. You can change it back to popup window through "Menu"->"Settings..."->"Settings"->"Use popup dialog for prompt"

Select Low Stock Items

In Inventory List View, you can quickly select all items which stock level is under certain percentage (e.g. 25%, 50%) in order to generate Shopping List for them.

Check Expiration Date

The first time you open Inventory List in a day, the app will check if there are items expired or about to expire and show them to you. You can review them by clicking on "Menu"->"Check Expiration Date" in Inventory List at any time.

Generate Shopping List

From the inventory list, you can check off items to generate the shopping list.

Check the items you want to add the shopping list. You will be prompt to enter the shop quantity and store. If you don't want to be prompt for every item, you can check "Do not ask again". This setting can be changed in "Settings".

Click on "Menu"->"Generate Shopping List". If a shopping list already exists, you will be prompt to either overwrite it or update it. Overwrite will clear the current shopping list and add the new items. Update will only add the new items and leave the existing items unchanged.

Shopping List View

Shopping List View is similar to Inventory List View. You can add new list, delete/edit list the same way. You can also add/edit/delete/re-order categories and items.

Quick Add In Shopping List

To quickly add multiple items from existing inventory lists to current shopping list, click on "+" icon on the right side of a category. It will list all items under that category in Inventory List. Check the items you want to add to current shopping list and click on "OK".

Check Off Items In Shopping List

During your shopping trip, you can use the shopping list to reminder you the items you need to buy. When you check off an item, it will ask you to enter the store and price. They will be displayed in "Price history". If you don't want to be asked for each items, you can check "Do not ask again". You can always go to "Settings" to change it back.

Update Inventory From Shopping List

When you are done shopping, you may choose to update your inventory lists. Click on "Menu"->"Update Inventory List". It will update the quantity and price for each checked item in the shopping list. It will also ask you whether to delete checked items at the end.

Other Features Shared By Both Views

Group List By Location

To re-group list by locations, click on “Menu”->”More”->"Group by..."->”Group by locations”. You can check off items but you can not edit items in that mode.

Group List By Store

To re-group list by luggage, click on “Menu”->”More”->"Group by..."->”Group by Store”. You can check off items but you can not edit items in that mode.

Edit Location

To add/edit/delete locations, click on “Menu”->”More”->"Settings..."->”Edit Locations”. You can add new location, edit or delete them. There is one default location which you cannot delete it.

Edit Store

To add/edit/delete luggage, click on “Menu”->”More”->"Settings..."->”Edit Store”. You can add new store, edit or delete them. There is one default store which you cannot delete it.

Sync And Share List(Full version only)

To use this feature, you will need to purchase Grocery Helper Sync Provider and register on our web site www.dotnetideas.com first.

To login, tap the "Login" link on the main menu screen. After successful login, your user id/email will be displayed at the lower left corner of the main screen. To login using different account, tap the user id/email link.

To upload a list, open the list first. Then click on "Menu"->"More"->"Sync List"->"Upload List". Your changes will be merged with other changes on the server since your last download/upload.

To download a list, click on "Menu"->"More"->"Sync List"->"Download List". The app will retrieve all the available lists from server and allow you to choose which one you want to download. A shared list will have the owner's name next to the list name. Users can share and update the same list. Note: if you haven't upload your changes to the server, they will be lost if you download the same list again.

Email List

To send a list to someone, click on "Menu"->"More"->"Send List". You can choose to send it by email, text message or other tools. The list will be sent in simple text format content.


In "Menu"->"More"->"Settings..."->"Setting", you change and customize many options and colors.

Recover Master List

The application comes with two pre-loaded grocery lists. One for food related items and another one for non-food items. If you for any reason lost them, you may recover them by going to "Menu"->"More"-"Settings..."->"Recover Master List"

Edit List On Desktop

We provide free online list editor on our site at www.dotnetideas.com for users who purchased the full version and sync provider.

Posted in: Grocery Helper | User Guide