My Party Planner User Guide(Android)

August 30, 2013 at 3:39 PMAdministrator

 

My Party Planner helps you plan parties and events. It has four sections: "TO DO", "Guest", "Menu", "Shopping" and "Budget" in addition to general information.

It automatically sorts TO DOs by due date/time and allows you to set reminder on them. It also allows you to import guests from contacts on your phone and manage RSVPs. While planning the menu, user can enter to-do and shopping items for a specific dish. So on the to-do list or shopping List, user can easily see which dish the item is for. User can also search recipes on the Internet and save the web address for future reference. 

Key features include:

  • Sorted to-do list shows how long until event date/time for easy planning
  • Import guests from contacts and quick call/email access within the app
  • Assign to-do, shopping items and guests when planning the menu
  • Quick look up for recipes and save recipe's url for future reference.
  • Create similar event by copying from existing event

Features in full version only:

  • Email whole event or just one of the to-do, guest, menu, shopping lists and budget to others
  • Change start time for multiple to-do items
  • Set reminders for multiple to-do items

 

Video Tutorial

 

Screenshots

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Event List View

New Event

To add a new event, click on "Menu"->"New Event". Enter the name of the event and then enter detail info in the event detail view.

Edit Event

To edit an existing event, tap on the event. It will open up the event detail view. See detail info below under "Event Detail View".

Rename Event

To rename an event, long press the event's name and click on "Rename Event" from popup menu. Enter a new name and click on "OK".

Delete Event

To delete an event, long press the event's name and click on "Delete Event" from popup menu.

Copy Event

To create a new event from an existing event, long press the existing event's name and click on "Copy Event" from popup menu. Enter the name for the new event and click on "OK".

Backup and Restore List

To backup all events, 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 events, 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.

Edit Helper

Since 2.0.0, user can assign TO-DO tasks to helpers. To edit helpers, click on "Menu"->"Edit Helper" in Event List View. The helpers will be available to all events.

To add helper, enter a name in the edit text box at bottom of the Edit Helper View and click on "Add". To delete or rename a helper, long press the helper's name and click on "Delete" or "Edit" from the popup menu.

Edit Unit

This app comes with a list of units used in Shopping Items. You can edit them by click on "Menu"->"Edit Unit" in Event List View.

To add unit, enter a name in the edit text box at bottom of the Edit Unit View and click on "Add". To delete or rename an unit, long press its name and click on "Delete" or "Edit" from the popup menu.

Event Detail View

Tap on a event, it will open the event detail view. It consists of 5 tabs: Home, TO DO, Guest, Menu and Shopping.

Home Tab

Home tab displays general information about the event. User can edit date time, location and notes. It also shows the guest info and next to-do item.

TO DO Tab

TO DO tab displays to-do items sorted by due date/time. If a to-do is for a dish, the name of the dish will be displayed along with due date. It also displays how long it is until the event date/time.

To add a new to-do, click on "Menu"->"Add". The item detail view will show up. User can enter name, due date (in format of how long until event date/time), duration, notes and dishes.

Since version 1.2.0, user can enter start time in addition to due date/time. "Start Time" is the time of a day this item needs to be started. It is not required. But if you do set it, then you can't set the relative due date/time to number of hours or minutes.

For example, if you have event/party date time set to June 15th, 2014 at 6pm, below shows you how the item's due date/time is calculated based on user input.

Due Date/Time Start Time Calculated Due Date/Time
2 weeks   June 1st, 2014
3 days   June 12th, 2014
3 days 7pm June 12th, 2014 at 7pm
5 hours   June 15th, 2014 at 1pm
45 minutes   June 15th, 2014 at 5:15pm
0 hours 5:30pm June 15th, 2014 at 5:30pm

To change start time for multiple items, click on "Menu"->"Change Start Time". Only items with start time set will be available in the multi-choice popup dialog. You can only move the time within the same day. If the calculated new start time is on another day, the app will not change it. This feature is in full version only.

Due date/time, start time and duration can also be edited by click on the due date/time display on the right side of each item.

Since v2.0.0, user can assign helper to a task. Just choose a helper from the drop down list under "Assign To". To edit helpers, go back to "Event List View" and click on "Menu"->"Edit Helper". You can insert/edit/delete a helper there.

To edit an existing to-do, click on the name of the item. Then edit it in the item detail view.

If you only want to edit due time, you can press the time to open the quick due date/time edit dialog.

To delete an existing to-do, long press a to-do item and click on "Delete" from popup menu.

To hide/show completed to-dos, long press any item and click on "Hide/Show completed TO DOs" or click on "Menu"->"More"->"Hide/Show completed TO DOs"

To set reminders for multiple items, click on "Menu"->"Set Reminder" and choose items from multi-choice popup dialog.

Guest Tab

Guest tab displays guest list sorted by name. It also shows how many adults and kids under each guest and RSVP info.

To add a new guest, click on "Menu"->"Add". The item detail view will show up. User can enter name, phone number, email or import from contacts on the device. User can also enter number of adults and kids under each guest, RSVP and notes. There are also call and email buttons for quick call and emailing to the guest.

To edit an existing guest, click on the guest's name. Then edit it in the item detail view.

To delete an existing guest, long press a guest and click on "Delete" from popup menu.

Menu Tab

Menu tab displays menu for the event. It also shows to-do items if there are any. Clicking on browser icon opens up web browser view for quick look up of recipe if recipe url is saved for the dish.

To add a new dish, click on "Menu"->"Add". The item detail view will show up. User can enter name, type and notes. User can also add shopping items and to-do items for the dish. There is a quick access button to automatically search recipe on the Internet for this dish. User can save the URL for future reference.

Since 2.0.0, user can also assign dishes to guests.

To edit an existing dish, click on the dish. Then edit it in the item detail view.

To delete an existing dish, long press a dish and click on "Delete" from popup menu.

Shopping Tab

Shopping tab displays shopping list for the event. It also shows the dishes if a item is for particular dishes.

To add a new shopping item, click on "Menu"->"Add". The item detail view will show up. User can enter name, quantity, unit, notes and dishes.

To edit an existing shopping item, click on the item. Then edit it in the item detail view.

To delete an existing shopping item, long press an item and click on "Delete" from popup menu.

To hide/show items bought, long press any item and click on "Hide/Show Bought Items" or click on "Menu"->"More"->"Hide/Show Bought Items"

Budget Tab

Budget tab displays estimated and actual costs for the event. You can enter either total costs or cost per person. If you enter cost per person, the app will automatically calculate the total costs by following rules:

total estimated costs = estimated cost per adult * number of total adults invited + estimated cost per kids * number of total kids invited

total actual costs = actual cost per adult * number of total adult coming + actual cost per kids * number of total kids coming

To add a new budget item, click on "Menu"->"Add". The item detail view will show up. User can enter name, estimated costs, actual costs, and notes.

To edit an existing budget item, click on the item. Then edit it in the item detail view.

To delete an existing budget item, long press an item and click on "Delete" from popup menu.

Send Event (Full version only)

User can send whole event or just one of the to-do, guest, menu, shopping list and budget to others.

To use this feature, open an event and click on "Menu"->"Send Event".

Mass Copy

To copy multiple items from one event to another, navigate to the "TO DO", "Guest", "Menu", "Shopping" or "Budget" tab in the original event. Click on "Menu"->"Mass Copy". It will display all items in that tab in the popup dialog. Check the items you want for another event and click on "COPY TO EVENT". Then click on the destination event from popup list.

Settings(some of the options are full version only)

Go to "Menu"->"Settings". Users can choose theme, customize text size, background and text colors.

● 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.

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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

Screenshots

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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.

Widget

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.

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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.

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Packing List

August 14, 2013 at 1:33 PMAdministrator

 

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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

 

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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:

 

 

 

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

 

 

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Email lists

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

 

 

 

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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)

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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”.

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