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#21 STEMALO

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Posted 16 February 2013 - 11:52 AM

I LOVE your app, gave you 5 stars.

Would you consider doing the app for Android? I would gladly pay for it.



#22 Rince

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Posted 16 February 2013 - 08:29 PM

Thank you, I appreciate your support! aliviado

Unfortunately, as I said before, I do not work for Android. On BGG, several guys indicated that an Android version is in the works (completely separate from this projects), but that is all I know. I do not follow their progress; so, I do not know what stage their app is currently in. Sorry. avergonzado_triste



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Posted 18 February 2013 - 06:09 AM

I took mobile development at my local community college, became a developer, and never produced an app.

I spent all my free time downloading the videos and learning, once I figured something out I moved on to the next thing. I'm so frustrated that I never took the time to make a single app… the simplicity of your app makes me sick. I mean it's genius. Not a million things going on, not a million views to dance between, just simple buttons… simple flow… ugh. You make me want to renew my license.

I ended up getting so excited about big apps that I had like 4 I was in the middle of. Then I would hit a library that I didn't understand and so I started studying and learning it… which led to two years of developer license but no app.

I just wanted to say that your app is amazing… way to go… and if you charged a buck for it? I'd buy it.



#24 Rince

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Posted 18 February 2013 - 07:37 AM

Thank you! reir

Actually many people said they would gladly pay for it, but I am not doing this for the money. AN Tracker will remain free forever. complice



#25 Rince

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Posted 08 April 2013 - 10:27 AM

Hi all,


Version 1.4 has just been approved by Apple and should be available worldwide shortly. With this latest update, an old idea of mine makes its way into AN Tracker: the ability to save your games.


AN Tracker can now store information about each matchup, such as the date it has been played on, how much time each player spent, the overall time, turns spent, who won/lost and with what faction, etc, and saves it into a data file. Once you built up a reasonably large database, you can gain non-representative but still pretty cool info out of it.

However, since it might not be readily apparent how to do things, here is a little overview of the new features:


When you finish a matchup and want to start a new one, AN Tracker will offer you the option to save it. Click on the “Save” button and the following screen will greet you:



Here, you can set the names of the players (the game actually stores the last name pair; so, you don’t have to type them in every time if you play with the same person), and their respective sides and factions. Blue obviously represents the corp while red the runner. Inside the blue/red areas, you can set the appropriate faction, which are also represented by colors. On the corp-side these are: HB, Jinteki, NBN, and Weyland, while on the runner-side: Anarch, Criminal, and Shaper in this order. The last thing you need to set before saving is the winning side which you can do by selecting the little checkmark below the winning faction. All other numerical data is stored automatically with your game.


If you want to check you saved games, bring up the menu with a left swipe and click on the button that resembles a pie-chart (it is located on the bottom right corner in the iPad version).



On the statistics screen, everything is pretty self-explanatory. You can check a particular game by tapping on it in the table view on the right, or see a detailed analysis of all your games by touching the three lines at the bottom. If you want to go back, simply swipe right or tap the back arrow at the bottom of the screen (in the iPad version, there is no separate statistics for individual games as space was sufficient to show all relevant data of saved games within the table view itself; so, cells in the iPad version are not interactive).


If, for any reason, you want to delete a game from your database, make the customary right swipe on it and a red “Erase” button will emerge. Once you tap the “erase” button, however, there is no way back; your game will be forever deleted!


The last thing I need to talk about is iTunes file share. When you hook up your iDevice with your Mac or PC, in iTunes you can save, replace, and override your AN Tracker data file (AN_GameData.dat). Simple choose your iDevice, go to Apps, and scroll down to file share. There, you can select AN Tracker, save the data to your computer, modify it with a simple text editor, and then upload it back to AN Tracker.  With iTunes file share, it is possible to compile one large database out of data collected from several iDevices, which I hope many of you will find quite useful.



It is important to keep in mind, however, that a faulty data file can cause the app to crash; so, tamper with it at your own risk! If the worst already happened, delete the faulty file and let AN Tracker create a new one at startup.


I hope this new addition will be welcomed by most of you, and that AN Tracker will prove to be an handier tool than before. Thank you for your support and keep playing Netrunner! ;)


Sincerely,

- Rince


p.s.: This was a fairly large update; so, it is possible, however unlikely, that minor (or even major) bugs remained in the code (even though I tested the crap out of the app on numerous devices). If you find a bug, please bare with me! Send me a message here or on the support website, and I will do everything to fix the problem ASAP.


p.s.2: I am looking into iCloud support, the possibility to rank individual players within the statistics view, and the ability to track only your own attributes so you don’t have to share a device with your partner. So no need to mention those; I read all your comments and listen to all your suggestions! ;)


p.s.3: I am aware of the bug when the app all of a sudden becomes sluggish; the one where only a full device restart helps. I am onto the problem and try to release an update addressing it in the next couple of weeks.



#26 PJStelford

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Posted 24 April 2013 - 10:13 AM

Could you please offer the ability to rotate the app? I play card games using my iPad on a stand in the horizontal orientation.

That said, great work on the app, looking forward to further development. 



#27 Rince

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Posted 25 April 2013 - 03:59 AM

Thanks for bringing this to my attention! I am not supporting horizontal orientation because the app is inherently for two players; so that someone might use it with a stand never entered my mind. Nevertheless, I am currently looking into the possibility of adding single player support where everyone would just track his or her own attributes. When I get around to actually work on it, I will certainly look into horizontal support as well.



#28 PJStelford

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Posted 25 April 2013 - 06:21 AM

Rince said:

Thanks for bringing this to my attention! I am not supporting horizontal orientation because the app is inherently for two players; so that someone might use it with a stand never entered my mind. Nevertheless, I am currently looking into the possibility of adding single player support where everyone would just track his or her own attributes. When I get around to actually work on it, I will certainly look into horizontal support as well.



Much obliged. To clarify, the stand is placed sideways between the two players. For analogy purposes look into the App "MTG Score." This placement allows both players to reach the application while allowing observers to see game state at a glance.

One issue from an (admittedly brief) look over the app is it appears to have the active player keeping track of things. I feel that due to time constraints in tournament settings it would perhaps be better for the non-active player to keep track of actions, as during your opponent's turn you have a minimal amount of actions and reactions available to you.

That said, these comments make it seem like I am looking a very gifted horse in the mouth. You've done excellent work, and if you are accepting donations at all I would be glad to send a bill or three your way as a thank you for your work. I'd be really interested in how hard it would be to get you motivated to program a Netrunner tournament pairer app!



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Posted 25 April 2013 - 06:33 PM

PJStelford said:

Much obliged. To clarify, the stand is placed sideways between the two players. For analogy purposes look into the App "MTG Score." This placement allows both players to reach the application while allowing observers to see game state at a glance.

I will check out the app and look for some inspiration. ;)

PJStelford said:

One issue from an (admittedly brief) look over the app is it appears to have the active player keeping track of things. I feel that due to time constraints in tournament settings it would perhaps be better for the non-active player to keep track of actions, as during your opponent's turn you have a minimal amount of actions and reactions available to you.

I'll be honest, this concept is quite alien to me. I have never actually seen anyone doing that, not even on tournaments. Don't get me wrong, I see your point, and I am sure there are people who play the way you described; I just think that If I made a significant change like that, the thousands of people who already use the app would almost certainly find the new arrangement more confusing that useful.

However, it could certainly be an optional layout for a future update. But it would take significantly more time to implement than if I were only giving players one choice; so, it probably won't happen the very near future.

PJStelford said:

That said, these comments make it seem like I am looking a very gifted horse in the mouth. You've done excellent work, and if you are accepting donations at all I would be glad to send a bill or three your way as a thank you for your work. I'd be really interested in how hard it would be to get you motivated to program a Netrunner tournament pairer app!

Thank you! :) But as I stated many times before, I am not doing this for the money. AN Tracker is a little side-project for me, and I am doing it purely for fun. If you really want to give, donate the money you would've gave me to a charity of your choice. ;)



#30 Rince

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Posted 25 April 2013 - 06:45 PM

Oh, and what is a tournament pairer app? :)



#31 PJStelford

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Posted 28 April 2013 - 09:12 PM

Rince said:

Oh, and what is a tournament pairer app? :)



An app for hosting and organizing tournaments. All Tournament Organizers I have witnessed have found this system a bit difficult to organize.



#32 TheTurnipKing

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Posted 12 June 2013 - 06:08 PM

If theres any card game where a digital tracker app would feel appropriate and "in theme", Netrunner is surely the one.  Or should that be "The One"?



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Posted 25 July 2013 - 08:38 AM

Sadly, the Swiss-style tournament, what they also use for chess tournaments and for AN, is lacking in the App Store. There are other apps, but they are mostly for Round Robin tourneys, for example

https://itunes.apple...d637495252?mt=8

For those looking for this wonderful app, the app is now called AN Tracker.

And Rince, thank you for making it available for the iPad, where I keep all the Rules, Errata, tourney info, etc! :')

Edited by Kuk, 25 July 2013 - 08:56 AM.

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#34 Rince

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Posted 27 July 2013 - 03:41 AM

Just wanted to let everyone know that a new version with a number of improvements and a completely overhauled look is in the works. I expect to release it sometime in mid-September, shortly after iOS 7 comes out.

 

In the meantime, my playgroup finally passed the 100 mark in saved matches; so, I though I put up the statistics here. The numbers are obviously not representative, but nevertheless it might be of interest to some people. I sure would love to see how others are fairing statistics-wise. :)

 

netrunner_statistics_105.jpg



#35 R2Dork

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Posted 07 August 2013 - 02:26 PM

Thanks again for this great app. Looking forward to seeing the new version!

 

As an aside, have you thought about doing a similar app for the Star Wars LCG? Obviously it doesn't have the same things to keep track of, but it'd be fun to have something that at least keeps a running count of game times and win percentages and the like. 



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Posted 13 August 2013 - 11:08 AM

Unfortunately, I don't play the Star Wars LCG; I wouldn't even know where to start. :(

 

I am interested but with Netrunner occupying the bulk of my free time and the Call of Cthulhu LCG taking up the rest, I am afraid I would not find time for a third card game.


Edited by Rince, 14 August 2013 - 01:01 PM.


#37 Rince

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Posted 16 September 2013 - 10:49 PM

Hey guys,

 

Just a quick update on the new version of AN Tracker. Development is going a little slower than anticipated; at the current rate, I am estimating early to mid October for the release.

 

The good news is that I basically finished the iPhone version. It needs a bit more fine tuning, and the layout to be adjusted for older phones, but otherwise done and seems to run really well. I implemented 2 brand new features, a new flashier design, countless bug fixes, a few small tweaks to make using the app more intuitive, and lots of code optimizations (the current version has a lot more graphical elements; yet, already about 2 megabytes smaller and even runs faster).

 

The only big thing remaining is the iPad version, but I don't anticipate that to take more than a month (hopefully less).

 

Stay tuned!


Edited by Rince, 16 September 2013 - 10:51 PM.


#38 Boddymut

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Posted 27 September 2013 - 04:10 PM

The app looks great but the thing is that it does all the game tracking like credits and so on but during tournament’s you can’t have your phone/tablet on the table whit you so it turns in to a pain to track games, the thing I want is just a part where I can enter player name faction and id played for that player and score for player and then add the info for player 2 and maybe a note part where you can add notes like remember not to do that next time. And then get a nice history of my plays and how I’m doing vs a faction and a player so example I know I’m good vs jinteki A but I can see in the stats that I keep losing to David’s Jinteki so now I know what player I’m struggling vs and what faction that player plays and I can try to beater my play and evolve as a Netrunner player. I know that there are android apps for that purpose like Run Tracker. Is it something that you might be interested in adding to the app?



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Posted 04 October 2013 - 09:20 PM

Well done. I like this along with flat beads for virus counters etc.

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Posted 11 October 2013 - 01:21 PM

the thing I want is just a part where I can enter player name faction and id played for that player and score for player and then add the info for player 2 and maybe a note part where you can add notes like remember not to do that next time. And then get a nice history of my plays and how I’m doing vs a faction and a player so example I know I’m good vs jinteki A but I can see in the stats that I keep losing to David’s Jinteki so now I know what player I’m struggling vs and what faction that player plays and I can try to beater my play and evolve as a Netrunner player. I know that there are android apps for that purpose like Run Tracker. Is it something that you might be interested in adding to the app?

 

Hi Boddymut,

 

First of all, sorry for the late reply. I've been quite busy lately, and haven't been around here. What you described is partly in the app already. I mean, nothing stops you to just save your games without actually tracking them. Just tap save when you create a new game, set your opponent's name, faction, who won, even add notes and your done (although if you do that, your average times will be screwed up in the statisics because you will save your games with 0 seconds).

 

You can see the stats of your saved games in he history view, but they work the exact opposite of what you described. The current history view does not show you how you did agains a particular faction but how you did with it. But AN Tracker does tracks your win-loss ratio with all 7 factions.

 

In the version I am currently working on, I added more details to the statistics view (and a bunch of other features I don't want to talk about just yet). But you brought up some interesting points that are actually doable with the current data the app saves. So yes, I am interested in what you described, and will think about a way to implement it (if not whole at least parts of it). But it will definitely not going to be in the next update, as that is already quite feature-rich without these added tasks, and I am already behind scedule.  :S






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