What’s Coming Up Next? – MacHouse Introducing eGallery for iPad

iOS software iPad eGallery






TOKYO (MacHouse) – Almost for the past two weeks, we’ve been working on another pair of iPad applications, one of which is a freeware version, again. We thought till this morning that they would never get to the App Store because of a couple of major issues we encountered. Well, finally… We are ready to introduce them. The first iPad application to introduce is eGallery.





iOS software iPad eGallery   iOS software iPad eGallery






eGallery is an iPad-only application that lets you inventory personal belongings and business properties. You can create a profile for each item or property, picking a picture from the Camera roll. Assign one or more tags (key phrases) to an item profile so that you can run a search and find records falling under a specific category. Easily back up data. Recover data from a backup copy. Send a backup data file by e-mail directly through this application to someone at a remote location so that they can read your data with eGallery and see your work.  






Features

  1. Every item profile belongs to a certain category. Create any number of categories. And create any number of item profiles. Each category comes with an icon. Choose one of more than 170 pictures.
  2. View a group of item profiles for a given category in a slideshow.
  3. Create a backup data file. Restore data from a backup data file. Send a backup data file to someone at a remote location by e-mail so that they can see your work.
  4. Each item profile can have one picture. Either let the application resize the picture by respecting the original aspect ratio or let the application stretch the picture so that it fits the frame (360 x 280 pixels.).
  5. Each picture is compressed in JPEG. Choose a compression rate between 1 and 100%.
  6. Assign tags (each key phrase to be comma-separated) to an item profile so that you can run a search to find records that falls within a specific tag.
  7. Choose one of six date formats (YYYY/MM/DD, YY/MM/DD, MM/DD/YYYY, MM/DD/YY, DD/MM/YYYY, DD/MM/YY) for your custom.
  8. Choose one of the six background texture patterns.
  9. Customize text labels for profiles that suit your language and needs.
  10. Choose either Pictures (shared Pictures library) or application’s sandbox-protected folder as the source of pictures.
  11. Language: English only.
  12. Application file size: 49.7 MB
  13. The application comes with a complete built-in user’s guide. (Tap ‘Help’ on the main screen.)






System requirements

  1. iOS 6.0 or higher
  2. iPad
  3. The user requires that they have a mail account with an SMTP server or equivalent in order to send out the backup data file.






Limitations

  1. In order to transfer image files to the sandbox-protected folder assigned to this application, the user must have access to a desktop computer with iTunes (Apple’s multimedia software) installed.
  2. In order to e-mail a backup data file, the user must have an e-mail address with the mail server set up.
  3. When a backup data file size gets very large, there is no guarantee that user’s device can let them e-mail it. There is no guarantee that the mail server at the end can accept the MIME type of this attachment.
  4. The application only reads the following graphic formats: JPEG (.jpg, .jpeg), PNG (.png).
  5. The user can save only one copy of backup data file in the sandbox-protected application folder.
  6. The user can only use one tag to run a search.
  7. The application supports the landscape orientation (horizontal) only.
  8. eGallery and eGallery Lite are independent applications. eGallery users have no access to data created with eGallery Lite.






Version history

Note: Release dates are ones when updates are announced here, not when updates are actually released at App Store. We make no promise that they will be accepted by iTunes Connect and then released at App Store.

1.0.7 (Released on May 10, 2013)

  1. Fix: With large picture files (like 4 – 5 MB) in application’s sandbox-protected folder, the application could crash when the user tapped the application button repeatedly while trying to set an item picture.
  2. When the user taps the select-category button, the corresponding popover window will additionally show the number of items for each category.



1.0.5 (Released on April 12, 2013)

  1. Fix: Category icons were not optimized for the Retina display. For those who first started out with Version 1.0.4, please switch to the Settings screen and tap the button under the ‘Updating category pictures section’ only if you have the Retina display. (Tapping this button without having the Retina display will do no harm.) If you have already created one or more categories, please select each of them by tapping the Select button and then choose ‘Edit Category’ so that you can set the same category icon. (each of them now appears better for the Retina display.)



1.0.4 (Released on April 5, 2013)

  1. Fix: When the user tapped the Selection button after coming back from the Slideshow screen, the application crash crash.
  2. Preferences: The user can now customize the label title for ‘Item name’ as well.
  3. Preferences: When the user taps a save button under the Label titles section, the virtual keyboard will close itself.
  4. Help: This screen now comes with an index page section where they can tap a button to jump to a section they wish to go to.






eGallery is a product of MacHouse.

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4 Responses to What’s Coming Up Next? – MacHouse Introducing eGallery for iPad

  1. I started with eGallery Lite to see if I liked it, but just bought eGallery. Can I assimilate my entree inventory into eGallery or do I have to start all over?

  2. Hello, Constance.

    Thank you for your using eGallery. Since they are different products, I’m afraid you have to start over. I’m sorry for inconvenience.

  3. At the very least, you should let the consumer know the two apps aren’t compatible. And why wouldn’t you develop the apps so that Lite would be a stepping stone into eGallery? Think you missed the boat here.

  4. Thank you for your suggestion. Since all App Store applications are sandboxed, an application cannot open files belong to a sandboxed folder belonging to another.

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