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(@magmatic)
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I tried the app again. Before, when I touched on an existing checklist, I just got a blank screen and the app was useless.

This time I when through the whole process. Re-downloaded the checklist (turned on location tracking this time.) Then it did work. And worked the next time too.

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By the time I get through with all the preliminaries, the time was already 4 minutes into the outing. I would like it not to do that. I want it to start timing when I am ready to start birding.

Does the distance tracker know when you are re-tracing your steps? (And not count that distance?) It does not seem to. Re-tracing your steps is not supposed to count a distance for an eBird checklist.

Have an option to TURN OFF the Google location tracking after the checklist is done. I don't want that on as a matter of course on my phone.

Have a left-handed mode so the numbers are on the right. That way, the finger does not hide the numbers.

Have an accessibility mode (that should be done as a matter of course now-a-days anyway). So that the names are at least twice as large. I was trying to enter sightings on the move, and sometimes would "fat finger" the wrong name.

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(@magmatic)
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Oh, now I see it does say latitude, longitude (I guess I got upgraded). As you might guess, I was not turning on location tracking.

With location tracking off,
To download a checklist, I hit:
Download Checklists
Download checklist for current location
Latitude 80 Longitude 36
Move radius to 7
Last 5 days
Test3 for the checklist name
Download

The checklist ends up with 0 entries.

If I switch the number and try
36/80
10 km
5 days
test4
I still got 0 entries.

To turn off location tracking, I go to

Settings
Connections
Turn off the Location switch

I assume Google is tracking me with location on. They are probably tracking me even when it is off, perhaps not to the same degree.

The phone is S7, system version 8.0.0

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Hi David,

Pretty sure 30, 80 is in China, near Pakistan. Try 30, -80 instead. Then you should be getting what you expect. When you say 30,80 it means 30N and 80E, and you want 80W; so that requires a -80.

Thanks for the phone/android version info. I had the S7. Loved it. Got an S9 now and love it also. Although the GPS hangs on it at times when using Google Maps. If I restart the phone, then all is good for a couple hours. Probably just a bad unit.

Not sure about Android 8, but Android 10 gives you features to disable all tracking by App. But yes, if you carry a mobile phone these days, they know more about you than you know about you!

I just fixed another bug in the Download Other Checklists feature (you haven't stated that you are using this) due to the move to a new host provider. v1.22 should be available in a few hours to fix this. Otherwise, no other changes.

Jeff

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One thing I forgot to mention David is when you choose that option for Download Checklist for Current Location with Location services turned on, the Lat/Lng of your current location is auto-loaded into those fields.

Jeff

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(@magmatic)
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Thank you for the tips, Jeff.

When I said "Latitude 80 Longitude 36", I meant First field: 80, Second field 36. The resulting checklist was blank.

Then I switched the numbers "36/80", meaning First field: 36, Second field 80. 

Either way, it was blank.

But I forgot I am in a negative longitude. When I do -80, I do get entries.

No, I have not used Download Other Checklists. You mean like Amphibians? I do see an Other Checklists option for things like that.

 

By the way, sometimes I hit Start Outing when I didn't mean to. Is there a way to get out of that when I am at the Add Checklist to Current Outing screen? Otherwise I have to go through the whole process of closing and naming the outing.

Also, is there a way for it to forget the previous names I have given checklists? I imagine that list would get rather long over time. When I name a checklist, there is a popup that lets me chose a previously used name. That is good, but there are names in there I don't want to see anymore.

 

 

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Posted by: @magmatic

By the way, sometimes I hit Start Outing when I didn't mean to. Is there a way to get out of that when I am at the Add Checklist to Current Outing screen? Otherwise I have to go through the whole process of closing and naming the outing.

 

Not currently. I do that also sometimes. Forcing me to: Finish, Close Only, Completed Checklists, Delete. Uggg. I will put a nevermind, just kidding feature in there soon.

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Also, is there a way for it to forget the previous names I have given checklists? I imagine that list would get rather long over time. When I name a checklist, there is a popup that lets me chose a previously used name. That is good, but there are names in there I don't want to see anymore.

 

Select the name from the dropdown that you want to delete, then click the "X" button to the right.

Keep the questions and ideas coming.

Jeff

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