New SnapTo’s published today

Scott HiningerToday was a fun day.  Matt published version 1.2.6 of both SnapToMe and SnapToMe Plus — details below.  And he published the very first of our private label apps:  SnapTo Scott Hininger.

Scott’s the Sheridan County Extension Agent with responsibility for agriculture and horticulture.   People are always trying to describe pests and plants and plant diseases to him over the phone so he can help them figure out what to do. Now that his app is in the Android store, he can find out if the person he’s talking to has an Android phone, have them grab the free app out of the store, and then use it to snap a picture and automatically send it directly to him.  We’re hoping it saves him time doing ‘telephone tech support’ for cameras, phones, and email and also, maybe, saves him a long drive out to someone’s property to take a look for himself.

(Not sure if everyone knows what an ‘extension agent’ does — it’s surely an Americanism but may be more specifically a rural Americanism. In the US, certain universities have a responsibility to disseminate information about crops and food to the general public, as well as educate their enrolled students. The schools do this through a system of “extension agents”, educators who live and work in communities throughout the state and are responsible for providing classes and consultation on food preparation, growing crops, pest management, and the like. They make their living helping people and are, in my experience, generally the nicest folks.)

SnapTo Scott, SnapToMe, and SnapToMe Plus are all built from the same code base and all benefit from the fixes that went into the 1.2.6 version.  The main improvement, IMO, is that a feature we added in the previous version should now work consistently and across all phones. The app now defaults to taking/sending pictures that are approx 800 pixels wide instead of the maximum size the phone is capable of. This means that pictures should mail somewhat faster (important for the free app since you have to wait for the send to complete to take another picture or close the app). Maybe more important, this reduces the filesize of the attachment so emails should not get refused (as they sometimes are) for being too big. AND, the picture is small enough that it is legal to drag-and-drop into other applications such as Google Docs. Why 800 pixels wide? Well, that’s the default export size for Google’s Picasa photo album software and I figured they had probably done enough research to have picked a reasonable sweet spot.

OTOH, if getting every pixel is important to you, you can use the Settings menu to allow you to control the picture width up to the maximum your phone can generate.

Other fixes:

We solved a problem some users had been seeing with the phone not setting the internal date tag in the photo file correctly.   This was causing photos to seem to ‘disappear’ when uploaded to some online photo album services, including Flickr.  The photo was actually uploaded ok but was showing up at the bottom/end of albums because the no-date was interpreted as a very old date.

We also eliminated some crashes seen when another app was using the phone’s camera at the same time we did.


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