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iWeaveIt Support for Android Devices

Download the iWeaveIt For Android User Guide 1.4



Tips and FAQ for using Android iWeaveIt

 Getting Started
 Having difficulty selecting in the threading and treadling edit
 How do you insert a new thread in the middle of a threading/treadling sequence?
 Printing
 How do I transfer files to my weaving software on Windows or on Macintosh.
 How do I open WIF patterns from email.
 Public versus Local Storage, or Where are my files
 Limitations on the number of shafts and treadles

If you don't see an answer to your question here, email me. sallyb@weaveit.com



 Getting Started

A sample pattern is provide so that you have something to initially play with.

  1. Edit the treading. Touch the threading will display a larger edit grid for the treadling.
  2. Start in Mark mode (icon). Click on squares to pick the shaft and the color.
  3. The current color shows in the color ribbon. Change the mark color by picking a different square. When you now select a shaft number you will get that color.
  4. To change just the color, click on just the color in the column of the thread.
  5. If you are at the end of the threading sequence you can add new threads. In the middle of the sequence you will just change the color.
 Having difficulty selecting in the threading and treadling edit

A swipe with your finger is used for both scrolling and for selecting thread cells. To distinguish, the select uses a long press and then the swipe. Hold your finger on the cell for about half second, then move it slightly to see the red selection rectangle. Sometimes you hold it and expect to see the selection but don’t. Remember to move your finger slightly after holding to start the selection rectangle. It may take a little practice.

 

 How do you insert a new thread in the middle of a threading/treadling sequence?

You may notice that there is no insert action when you are editing as there is in Windows version of WeaveIt. This was because there just isn’t room on the screen for another button on the phones. My work around for this is to copy a couple of threads and then paste them at the place where I want to insert. Then just change the shaft and color. Once you get used to this, you won’t miss the lack of an insert.


 Printing

. Android does not provide a good printing interface.  If you have a recent tablet, the printing may be available in the internet browser.  If the browser is capable of view an html  located on the device (rather than internet) then you will see print menu item available on the iWeaveIt menu.  This will create a web page (html) that can be loaded in the browser.  Then use the browser's printing feature.  Samsung tablets have this available.  You will still need a printer that is wireless. There are plenty

If you don't see printing on the menu or the browser doesn't have printing can still be done by emailing the html page to yourself and opening it with a laptop or destop computer that has a computer connection.  On the laptop, save the two files in the same folder and then double click on the html page. It will display in your browser that you can use to print.  The drawdown image file must be in the same folder as the html page to view properly.


How do I transfer files to my weaving software on Windows or on Macintosh.

I find the most convenient way of transferring files between the different computers is to use email. Its very easy. From iWeaveIt, pick export and then pick email. Send the file to yourself and then open it on your other computer. 

 

How do I open WIF patterns from email.

There seems to be a great deal of variation on how Android devices handle email attachment files.  Each email app and each manufacturer seem to handle this differently.

In some cases the email app will show a "preview" button for the attachment. Clicking on this will show the available apps that can open the file. iWeaveIt should be one of these.

On other devices, the attachment needs to be downloaded first. You will see the download icon at on the top bar. When it is complete, you can tap on that icon and it will present the apps that can open it. Hopefully, iWeaveIt will be one of those.  If not, then that email app may be using the default Android file manager which has bug in it and doesn't recognize custom extensions.   If that is the case with your email app, then try the following:

  • Download file Manager ES2 from Google Play. It is free. The first time you open a file it a bit complicated because WIF is a non-standard extension, but after the first time, ES2 will remember what to do.
  • Pick internal storage in ES2.   Find the folder called download and open that.
  •  You should find a list of the WIF files you have downloaded either from email or website.
  • Select a Wif file by holding your finger on the file till the lower tab bar appears.
  • In tab bar, select the dot-dot-dot for more options.
  • In the menu, pick  Open As
  • Pick Other
  • Scroll down list till you see iWeaveIt.   Check the Set as Default App.
  • Pick iWeaveIt This will open the file in iWeaveIt. 

If you checked the default app box, then next time you download a file and open ES2, you only need to tap on the file to open in iWeaveIt. 


Public versus Local Storage, or Where are my files

On the Android, local storage is only available to the app. You cannot view it even with the available file managers. You cannot use it to send email or share files. Consequently, public storage must be available to share files or even view the file from another app.  The bottom line is that you wil be happiest if you always save your patterns in public storage.

Android is pretty confusing about public storage. That's because of its historical beginnings as a phone operating system. Originally, the only external public storage was on a micro SD card that you inserted in the device so Android does not guarantee that external storage will be available. For this reason, the samples are stored in local storage. Even the terms for public storage are confusing. You will see it called "external", "sd card", "shared" or "public". I prefer public because that matches with the more recent usage.

As time went on, device manufacturers wanted to guarantee that public storage is always available so that apps can share share files via email, internet, facebook, etc. So they added a memory partition on the device for public storage. Even my three year old Motorola Atrix with Android 2.3.3 has internal public storage. This is good because most of us do not add a micro SD card to our devices. Because the memory is typically on the device, I prefer "public" rather that the other terms that aren't really meaningful today.

Unfortunately, the Android operating system has not kept up with manufacturing and still treats the public storage as an external sd card. So when you access public storage from the app (like iWeaveIt) you are accessing the public storage that is internal to the device as the device manufacturer designed it. If you added an SD card to your device, then you can't access that sd card directly from iWeaveIt. You must use a file manager app to transfer the files to your sd card. An SD card can be added to my Samsung tablet but I must use an app like ES2 Explorer to transfer files to the card. I can then move that card to a different device (like my laptop) to view the files.

Using the file manager to view your pattern files, you will find them at  /mnt/sdcard/android/data/com.canyonart.iweaveit/files/My Patterns.   On some devices the starting path is /sdcard.

On my Samsung, the files on the actual sd card are stored at /mnt/extSdCard.  I am not sure if this is the manufacturer folder or if its the same on all devices as I don't have any other devices with card slots. 

 

Limitations on the number of shafts and treadles

The phones have a very small screen and the tablet screens are also fairly small compared to a laptop or a desktop screen. The biggest restriction though is our fingers. With no mouse we must use our fingers to manipulate things on the screen. It’s pretty cool to do this but our fingers are relatively large and require large squares for editing. Editing threading and treadling actually works the best in portrait mode where you have more space. The limitations depend on the device and range from 8 shafts to 24 shafts. If you try to edit 24 shaft designs, the square size is reduced so you may need a stylus.

Even with these limitations some people have difficulty using their fingers for the editing. They may have long finger nails or just aren’t as steady as they used to be. If you are having difficulty you might consider getting a stylus. These are readily available at your electronics store.

So the limitations are a factor our physical attributes (finger) and the physical screen size.

 

 

If you don't see an answer to your question here, email me. sallyb@weaveit.com

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