I've found myself, more often than not, needing to pull a manual for a VCS game, to read it...
After the 4,623,136,126,842nd time of doing so, I thought,
"Gee, isn't there an EASIER way to deal with this?"
Now, before I start sounding like a fucking Ronco commercial, I'll just get right to the point:
I've created an Android App, which I am currently feeding every VCS game manual that I can get my hands on, for the purpose of being able to quickly find the game, flip through it, and read it.
This first version of the app, has these features, and a small subset of the total # of games which will be available, when it's finished (I intend to go from A-Z, finding as many, as I can.).
* Select the manual from the list
* flip through content
* pinch-zoom and pan
An upcoming release will add the ability to take photos of high-scores to attach to a game, for record-keeping.
That'll be about it.
There will be no full text search.
The manuals are on average 4 to 12 pages long...With an average of 350 words a page, lots of pictures. This isn't an index of law journals, nor is it an engineering cross reference of airplane engine block internals, nor is it even a historical text in the typical sense. I do not see the point, and it would drastically increase the complexity of the program, for no real benefit.
What do you need?
* An Android tablet. While it will work on phone, it was ultimately designed for a tablet. Feel free to share your experiences anyway, if you only have a phone.
* Android 4.0 absolute minimum (Ice Cream Sammich)
* 0.1GB of space. The final will need approximately 0.6GB of space.
The manuals are stored on device, inside resources, so they do not clutter up your gallery.
No on-line connection needed to use the app in its present state.
You can get it here: https://drive.google...d1FMSWViZF84ZFk
Please let me know what you think. This is for my own use, but I always try, even with things for my own use, to apply the same standards as for something I do for commercial work.
Since this contains copyrighted material, it will NOT go into the Android Play store, ever. It will be available from a site.
Will there be an iOS version? Yes, at some point, BUT, it will require UDID registration, as it will never go into the Apple App store.