Grocery Helper User Guide(Android)

August 7, 2013 at 3:05 PMAdministrator
 

Video Tutorial

 

Screenshots

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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.

Settings

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

Packing List User Guide(Android)

August 5, 2013 at 1:29 PMAdministrator

 

Video Tutorial

 

Screenshots

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User Guide

 

 

My Lists View

Since 3.1.0, new properties were added to lists. Now user can add destination, departure/return dates and notes to a list. Those information is displayed under list name in "My Lists" view.

Create New List

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

Since v3.2.0, "Generate List" has been moved under "Mass Change". To generate new list from existing one, open the existing list first. Click on "Menu"->"Generate List/Mass Change". Check the items you want to add to new list and click on "Generate List" button.

If you want to duplicate a list, first enter "Mass Change Mode" by clicking on "Menu"->"Generate List/Mass Change". Then click on "Menu"->"More"-"Check All" to select all the items. Click on "Generate List" and enter name for the new list.

Edit List Properties

Tap and press a list, then click on "Edit" from popup menu. User can edit destination, departure/return dates and notes. Destination is semicolon-delimited field. For example, you may enter multiple destination as "Paris; London"(semicolon delimited);

Edit List Detail

Tap a list, it will open the list detail window. See detail below under "List Detail View".

Delete List

Tap and press a list, click on "Delete" from the popup menu to delete a list.

Rename List

Tap and press a list, click on "Rename" from popup menu and enter new name for the list

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.

Email/Share 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 as well XML format attachment. If the recipient has this application installed, he/she can use “Restore” feature to import the XML file into the app and start using it.

All the features above can be accessed from the list detail view as well. If you are in list detail view, click on "Menu"-"More"->"Manage List..." to access those menu items.

Check Weather(Full version only)

Tap and press a list, click on "Check Weather". If there are multiple destinations, a list of destination will show up to allow you to choose one.

All the features above can be accessed from the list detail view as well. If you are in list detail view, click on "Menu"-"More"->"Manage List..." to access those menu items.

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

To use this feature, you will need to purchase Packing List Cloud Connector and register on our web site  www.dotnetideas.com first.

To login, click on "Menu"->"Sync List"->"Login". If you haven't register, you can click on "Register" from the login view. Then follow the instruction to register.

To 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.

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.

Settings

Go to "Menu"->"Settings..."->"Settings", you can choose the option to display/hide inactive items, location, quantity, weight and other settings.

In paid version, users can also customize the background and text colors of the lists.

Edit Location

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

Edit Luggage

The application also provides a pre-loaded luggage list. To add/edit/delete luggage, click on “Menu”->"Settings..."->”Edit Luggage”. You can add new luggage, edit or delete them. There is one default luggage which you cannot delete it.

Recover Master List

The application comes with a pre-loaded packing master list. If you for any reason lost it, you may recover it by going to "Menu"->"More"-"Settings..."->"Recover System List"

 

List Detail View

When click on a list from My Lists view, it will open up the list detail view.

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, luggage, active indicator, unit weight and total weight for each item. When you edit one of the weight field, the app will automatically calculate the other field if you have quantity set.

Quick Quantity Editing (Full version only)

In paid version, you can tap on the little +/- icon on the right of an item to quickly increase/decrease the quantity.

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.

To add items from one list to another, select the items and click on “Menu”->”More”->"Mass Change..."->”Add Items to Existing List”. Then choose the other list from popup list.

You may also drag/drop item within category or across categories. Touch the empty space on the left of the check box, start dragging 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.

Group/Sort by

To re-group list by locations, click on “Menu”->”More”->"Group by..."->”Group by locations”.

To re-group list by luggage, click on “Menu”->”More”->"Group by..."->”Group by luggage”.

You can check off and edit items in both modes.

You can also sort alphabetically or by packed or not.

At end of packing, you may want to hide packed items to easily find unpacked ones. Click on "Menu"->"Hide Packed Item". A warning label at bottom of the screen will remind you this mode.

Search

To find an item, click on "Menu"->"More"->"Search". A text box and "Find Next" button will show up at the bottom of the screen. Enter the word you search for and tap on "Find Next".

Mass Change

Click on "Menu"->"More"->"Generate List/Mass Change", the app will enter "Mass Change" mode. All the check boxes will be cleared. You check off the items you want to change and then click one of the three buttons at the bottom of the screen to edit their quantity/location/luggage, delete multiple items or copy them to existing lists. To exit "Mass Change" mode, click on "x" to close the "Mass Change" panel.

Since v3.2.0, "Generate List" has been moved under "Mass Change". To generate new list from existing one, open the existing list first. Click on "Menu"->"Generate List/Mass Change". Check the items you want to add to new list and click on "Generate List" button.

To set quantity, location and luggage, select items you want to change and click on “Mass Change” button and make changes in the popup window.

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.

To delete multiple items,  check those items first then click on “Delete" button.

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

To use this feature, you will need to purchase Packing List 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.

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 cloud connector. You will also find user guide and video tutorial there.

Posted in: Packing List | User Guide

● Is it safe to upgrade to full version? Will I lose my lists?

July 29, 2013 at 3:05 PMAdministrator
 

All the lists created in our Android apps are saved on external storage on your Android devices. However, there are different actions when you upgrade from lite version to full version depends on the version of the apps you are upgrading from/to.

Current Version
New Version
Actions when upgrade
Packing List Lite (1.0.0-3.3.5) Packing List Full (1.0.0-3.3.5) no actions needed
Packing List Lite (1.0.0-3.3.5) Packing List Full 4.0.0+ no actions needed
Packing List Lite 4.0.0+ Packing List Full 4.0.0+ use “Backup and Restore”
     
Chore Checklist Lite (1.0.0-2.3.6) Chore Checklist Full (1.0.0-2.3.6) no actions needed
Chore Checklist Lite (1.0.0-2.3.6) Chore Checklist Full 3.0.0+ no actions needed
Chore Checklist Lite 3.0.0+ Chore Checklist Full 3.0.0+ use “Backup and Restore”
     
My Party Planner Lite (1.0.0-1.2.1) My Party Planner Full (1.0.0-1.2.1) no actions needed
My Party Planner Lite (1.0.0-1.2.1) My Party Planner Full 2.0.0+ no actions needed
My Party Planner Lite 2.0.0+ My Party Planner Full 2.0.0+ use “Backup and Restore”
     
Grocery Helper Lite (1.0.0-1.3.2) Grocery Helper Full (1.0.0-1.3.2) no actions needed
     
Travel Phrases Lite Travel Phrases Full no actions needed
 
Backup and Restore

To backup all lists in lite version, 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 in full version, 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".

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● How to re-order items in Chore Checklist/Packing List/Grocery Helper apps on Android Device?

July 29, 2013 at 3:04 PMAdministrator

In Chore Checklist, Packing List and Grocery Helper, you can use drag/drop to re-order category and items.

Chore Checklist

First, open Routine View.

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 also enable manual sorting permanently by going to “Menu”->”Settings…”->”Settings” and check “Enable Manual Sorting” under “Display and Options” section. That way, you don’t have to switch back and forth. When this option is on, you can re-order routines/chores by touching the very left of a routine/chore and drag/drop it to desired place.

Packing List or Grocery Helper

To re-order the items under a category or move items across categories, click on "Menu"->"Group/Sort by..."->"Sort Manually" and touch the icon on the left of an item. Start dragging the item and drop it to desired place. You may also drag it to another category.

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

What's the difference between full version and lite version of Chore Checklist?

July 23, 2013 at 3:10 PMAdministrator

The lite version has Ads and only one widget (2x1)*

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

  • More widgets(2x2, 3x2, 4x3 and 4x4)*.
  • Choose theme(Android 3.0+) and customize text size, text/background color and many other settings.
  • Day patterns for daily chores (e.g. Monday, Wednesday, Friday)
  • View, export/email history report
  • Sync/Share/Backup lists (separate purchase of Cloud Connector is required)

*In device running Android 3.0+, both lite and full versions have a resizable and scrollable widget. The full version’s 2x2 non-scrollable widget is resizable too, so we removed widget of other sizes.

Posted in: Chore Checklist | FAQ

Travel Phrases User Guide(Android)

July 22, 2013 at 3:07 PMAdministrator

 

Screenshots

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User Guide

This user guide is for Travel Phrases – French, but you will find the same features in our other Travel Phrases apps.

Pronunciation

To listen to the pronunciation of a phrase, tap the French phrase or the pronunciation part. You will need to have Text-To-Speech English installed and enabled. Pico TTS is a typical TTS engine to install.

Review Mode

After learning the phrases, you may press "Menu"->"Hide English"/"Hide French" to hide the English or French phrases so you can test if you remember its meaning in the other language. Tap the phrase to reveal the answer.

New Category(Full version only)

Press "Menu"->"New Category" to add new categories.

Edit/Delete Category

To edit/delete a category, long press the category and choose "Edit"/"Delete" from the popup menu.

New Phrase

Long press on a category, then choose "New Phrase" from the popup menu to add new phrase.

If you don't have a French keyboard, the app provides a small keyboard for entering special characters in French.

Edit/Delete Phrase

To edit/delete a phrase, long press the phrase and choose "Edit"/"Delete" from the popup menu.

Sort

You may sort the phrases alphabetically by press "Menu"-"More"->"Sort Alphabetically". You can also press the space right in front of each phrase, then drag/drop to re-order them.

Search

To find an item, click on "Menu"->"More"->"Search". A text box and "Find Next" button will show up at the bottom of the screen. Enter the word you search for and tap on "Find Next".

Backup and Restore Data

To backup your data, 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 your data, 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.

Settings

User can choose not to display the pronunciation or change text size in "Settings". In paid version, user can also customize theme and colors.

Posted in: Travel Phrases | User Guide

● How to transfer existing data to new phone(Android)?

July 16, 2013 at 11:10 AMAdministrator
 
Chore Checklist 3.0.0+, Packing List 4.0.0+, My Party Planner 2.0.0+

If you are using apps listed above, you need to use the "Backup and Restore" feature to export data from old phone to SD card and then import data from SD card to new phone.

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.

You can then put the SD card in new phone or copy the whole folder to the new SD card in the new phone.

To restore all lists, click on "Menu"->"Backup and Restore"->"Restore". It will open default backup location. you can then navigate to your backup location and click on "Restore".

Chore Checklist (1.0.0-2.3.6), Packing List (1.0.0-3.3.5), My Party Planner (1.0.0-1.2.1), Grocery Helper

Our lists are saved on SD card under application name folder. For example, the lists in Packing List app are saved under \sdcard\packinglist\ folder, lists in Chore Checklist are saved under \sdcard\chorechecklist\ folder and so on.

If you are going to use the same SD card for your new phone, you don't have to do anything. It should automatically load them in after you install the app on your new phone. Be aware some new devices may have more than one external storage. So it may create the application folder on a different SD card. If that happens, just copy the folder from old SD card to the new SD card.

If you are not going to use the same SD card, you need to copy the whole folder from your old device to desktop. Then copy them onto the SD card on your new phone. Please check your phone's user guide for how to transfer files between SD card and desktop.

Transfer data using Cloud Connector/Sync Provider

If you purchased Cloud Connector/Sync Provider for the Chore Checklist full, Packing List full and Grocery Helper full apps, you can simply upload your lists to our cloud server from your old phone and then download them to your new phone.

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● I forgot my password, how to recover it?

July 10, 2013 at 11:51 AMAdministrator

If you have registered on our site for cloud service or online editor, you can recover your password by clicking on "log in/sign up" button on the top right corner on www.dotnetideas.com. Then click on "Forgot your password?" link and follow the instruction.

Please make sure your email filter doesn't block support@dotnetideas.com. Please contact us if you have issue recover your password.

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How to generate new list from existing lists?

July 9, 2013 at 2:30 PMAdministrator

Packing List app comes with pre-loaded master list. You can generate new list from it. Just check the items you want for a trip. Click on "Menu"->"Generate List" and enter the name of the new list.

You may create several master lists for different kind of trips, e.g. camping trip, skiing trip, etc. You can also generate new list from packing list for previous trips.

Posted in: FAQ | Packing List

What's the difference between paid version and lite version of Packing List?

July 9, 2013 at 2:27 PMAdministrator

The lite version has Ads.

The paid version doesn't have Ads and allow user to check weather of the destinations. With separate purchase of Cloud Connector, paid version also allows user to sync/share lists between devices and users.

Posted in: FAQ | Packing List