Font Changer 1.6.5 Update

29/10/2010

This one introduces quite a few layout and user interface (UI) tweaks. It should be more informative as to what the application is doing, rather than hanging on a button press or a black screen. Also fixes a few bugs.

This is is the first of two or three bigger changes. The next will hopefully follow fairly soon (depending on when I’ll have time)…


Font Changer 1.6 Update

20/10/2010

I have added a new ability to preview some text in the font, either just before it is applied or by long-pressing on a font to pop-up the option. It just loads three paragraphs of lorem ipsum in a webpage for now, but later on I will expand it to give users more freedom as to what exactly they would like to preview.

It should give a better idea of what a font looks like, as I often found myself setting a font which looks great in menus and other places where there isn’t too much text, but then when I went to read my emails I didn’t find it such a pleasant experience.

I hope people will like it. Pictures follow below.

P.S. I also added a “Supported Devices” page to the website, but I’m still collecting information on this…


Font Changer 1.5.3 Update

19/10/2010

This version adds  support for 1.6 devices and newer, so more people should be able to use Font Changer if they wish to. It also has some code changes to counter force closes for people with (hopefully) rooted devices. I couldn’t reproduce any of the problems in the reports, so I’m just trying to fix things half-blind. Apologies to the people that have been getting these problems.

Also, please don’t down-vote. If you have something major against the application, please give back constructive criticism so I can improve it. If you are down-voting just because you don’t have root, that’s not my fault, otherwise please provide constructive reports (device model, Android version, ROM version, etc) so I can have more luck with fixing errors…


VM Heap Tool 1.1 Update

15/10/2010

Changes include a fix for screens with HVGA resolutions as the buttons were covering the input area where the size is specified, and also support for Android devices running on OS version 1.6 and newer.

As usual, it’s up on the market.


VM Heap Tool Release

11/10/2010

Each application running in Android is allowed a certain amount of memory. When it starts to fill up, the garbage collector (GC) will be called to free some of it so the application can carry on running (if it wasn’t called, the application would just close with an out of memory error). Every time the GC is called, it will take a few CPU cycles to carry out the task. By increasing the heap size, it is however possible to spare these cycles as it will take a longer time for the application to fill its memory space before GC needs to be called, resulting in the application running faster (at the cost of more memory). Some applications which may benefit from this are Gallery3D, image manipulation application, video players, and games in general. Most (if not all) applications are however written with low memory constrains in mind, so speed-ups may not be so visible.

So this little application just allows to change the size of the heap, as well as allowing to backup and restore the file where this setting is found. Root with system write and busybox are however required for this task. Good values are between 12 and 32, with 32 probably being the best value to settle on (your mileage may vary though). Incremental changes are always the best to see where you’re going if you try to go for the more extreme ranges.

It is available on the market (see QR code below) for free, and the AppBrain link is here.
VM Heap Tool on Android Market

P.S. Another nice thing is that if VM Heap Tool runs fine on your phone, so should Font Changer :)


Font Changer 1.5.2 Update

08/10/2010

No visible changes have been added, apart from the fact that Font Changer has now been compiled against the 2.1 SDK so people with Adroind 2.1 devices should be able to run it without any problems :)


Font Changer 1.5.1 Update

06/10/2010

There was a report submitted (probably from the first person that installed this) with a bug which made the application force close when the internal SD card was unmounted while running the application. It’s been fixed now. Apologies to the person who got the error >_<


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