05/31/2011, 02:37 PM
Well the screen unlock is a must, can't tap the screen otherwise. So not sure what you mean by similar to music app...
Originally Posted by Kratus
The main core idea of the app is a "rules" system that defines how the scores are inputted and when (in addition how the winner is determined etc. for statistics). Lets take an example, frisbee golf (for which I started this), the existing apps either had way to add one point at a time or some other means which require many taps to input one score (the best might have even had one tap but screen offered too much options), then also the way on some of the apps that you need to select player first then give him the points then select another player etc. So lots of taps. In my app the rule set I have defined is 1) I want to enter points after round (i.e. at once for all players not one by one) and 2) the points are usually from 3-7. Well now to input scores there is a 1 tap for starting the point input (new round) and then the app asks one player after another what was his scores and the ui has direct buttons for 3-7 + 1 button inputting custom points for those rare times. This way the score buttons fit to the screen and to tap the whole round of scores only 1 tap + 1 per player is needed. Then I can slip the phone back into the pocket and play the second round (track). Well even the tap for the new round can be eliminated, but for now I have decided to keep that in there
Hopefully that example gives an idea, there are other rules as well so you can adapt the score keeping to many sports / games etc. So the rules can be defined for example depending on whether the score keeper is a referee or a player. I.e. I want to keep inputting (counting) the scores all the time if I am only following the game, but when I am playing I want to input the scores at the end as above. So the app can be adapted to the needs at hand.
EDIT: and the app will have the familiar export/import thing from MS that allows people to share these "game rules" so you don't necessary need to define them yourself, just pick a rules for some game you want from the repository if someone has made one, maybe tweak it for your needs etc.