New from 7 Dragons: a Calendar app (and an update to Notepad)
7 Dragons has figured out the right way to do Kindle apps.
It was exciting to see that they have a new app:
Calendar $0.99 at time of writing
It blows the Jujuba Software version out of the water, in my opinion. It has two of the features I thought were missing in that one: recurring events and searching.
It also has something a lot of you will want: the ability to change the background (gee, maybe you can put Emily Dickinson in there…she’s so popular as a “screensaver” ). Actually, it’s pre-set images, but you visually-oriented people will like having the option.
Speaking of visuals, if you indicate something is a birthday, you’ll see a balloon on that day. A “special event” gets a star.
Oh, and I have to give them big praise: the Help file has increasable text sizes! That drives me nuts in some active content.
There were a lot of nice features, but the nicest of all is that 7 Dragons makes it easy.
This is probably a good place for the
Full disclosure: I do have some correspondence with Abhi of http://ireaderreview.com/, and he is part of the team that developed this (although he is always careful to credit 7 Dragons).
As an example of that correspondence (and how you benefit from it) , Abhi recently let me know about an update to 7 Dragons’ popular
He kindly gave me permission to post his updated features list:
- Copy Paste – It works like highlighting in Kindle Books. Press Once to go into Copy Paste Mode – press 5-way again to get options.
- Persistent Shift. To get capitals you can now press Shift, let go, type ‘a’, and get ‘A’.
- The largest font size is now bigger. Earlier it was 30 and now it’s 33. Note: Your current font size doesn’t change unless you go into Aa menu (by pressing Aa key) and change it.
- Anti-aliasing option on newer Kindles. On Kindle 3 and Kindle WiFi you can turn on anti-aliasing.
- Speed Improvements. With Notepad V1.0 once you crossed 100 notes you’d see slowness and would also see things slow down quite a bit once you got to 200+ notes. With Notepad V1.1 even 300-400 notes work relatively fast and everything is faster to use. More on speed improvements at the end of this post.
- Word wrap. Now words don’t get cut at the end of a line.
- Smart Note Save Notification. Now the note save notification doesn’t take focus and doesn’t stop you from continuing to type. Press Alt+S and the note save notification appears at the top and you can just continue typing.
- New Movement Shortcuts. Move around quicker using handy shortcuts:
Shift+Next Page: Goes to the End of the Note
Shift+Prev Page: Goes to the Beginning of the Note
Shift+Right on the 5-way: Goes to the end of the Line
Shift+Left on the 5-way: Goes to the beginning of the Line
You can press Shift and Up to scroll up quickly.
You can press Shift and Down to scroll down quickly.
Next Page goes to Next Page of the Note (Page Size = amount of the note you see on the screen at one time).
Prev Page goes to Previous Page of the Note.
- Quick Delete feature – Press down on DEL and hold it. After around a second it starts deleting 4-5 characters per second.
- Undo Feature – Press Alt+Z to undo your last few moves one by one. If you delete something by mistake or want to undo typing you can press Alt+Z to Undo.
One other note: if you already have Notepad on more than one device, I think you’ll need to send the update to each device.
As with other Active Content titles, this doesn’t work on the K1, but does work on K2s, K3s, and the KDX. It doesn’t work in reader apps, and I assume it can’t be purchased outside the US.
For information on more active content, see this category.
If you try these out, feel free to let me know what you think.
This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the I Love My Kindle blog.