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Written by Tom Johnson   
Thursday, 12 July 2012

LDS Tools for AndroidLDS Tools for Android version 1.5 is now available for beta testing. The new features to test in this beta release include the following:

Calendar integration. The LDS.org calendar is integrated into LDS Tools. The events appear in a list sorted by day, with the calendar color shown beside the event. When you click an event name, more details appear.

Photo upload. You can update your LDS.org directory photo directly from LDS Tools (rather than updating it from the directory on LDS.org). If you’re an administrator, you can also update other member photos in your ward or branch as well. To update your photo, browse to your profile and click your photo. Then click the camera icon that appears in the corner. (Once you upload the photo, note that an administrator in your ward or branch must approve the photo before it appears to others.)

New interface. The app's interface has been modernized with a new look and feel to match the latest versions of Android. For example, the app now has a navigation ribbon to navigate from one screen to another, and it uses the new Android Action Bar to access system menus and perform application actions (such as Search or Select Unit).

Improved tablet support. If you have a Galaxy Tab, Xoom, Kindle, Nexus 7, or other tablet device that runs Android, LDS Tools features a dual-pane display. For example, on the Callings screen, you can browse organizations on the left and see details on the right. The dual-pane makes the navigation experience more similar to the desktop version of the directory on LDS.org.

Geolocation. When you click an address in a directory profile, Google Maps opens with a pin showing the location of that street address. If administrators have adjusted the placement of an address on LDS.org to be different from the default location of the street address as per Google Maps, that adjusted address is used in the app. On the map, you can tap and hold the street address to get driving directions and other information.

Less internal memory usage. Version 1.5 uses a small fraction of the internal memory that the previous version used — in some cases, the internal memory usage has been cut in half or more. To reduce the strain on your device’s internal storage limit, much of the memory in 1.5 has been shifted to the SD card instead.

Bug report submission. You can submit bugs directly from the app by going to Menu > Help.

Screenshots

The following are a few screenshots from the LDS Tools Android app.

LDS Tools for Android 1.5 -- Calendar screenshots

The calendar view (left) and the list of calendars (right)

LDS Tools for Android -- photo upload and interface

The navigation ribbon (left) and the photo upload (right)

LDS Tools for Android 1.5 -- geolocation and map information

Geolocation (left) and more detailed location information (right)

Installing the beta version

You can install the beta version of LDS Tools for Android 1.5 by doing the following:

  1. Enable sideloading. Android devices allow you to install applications from any source (not just the Android Market). However, you have to enable this feature. Go to Settings > Applications. Select the Install from Unknown Sources check box.
  2. Download the latest release. On your mobile device, go to http://ldsmobiletester.com/android. Next to LDS Tools, tap Current Beta. (If you want to try the latest build, which may be less stable, tap Latest Build.) When you click the file, the app automatically starts loading on your Android device.

Keep in mind that when you load the new version, it will overwrite any existing versions of LDS Tools you have already installed.

Start proceeding through the test cases

The LDS Tools for Android team has identified a number of tasks (called “test cases”) that they want you to try out. These test cases are listed in Swarm, a new testing tool released by LDSTech. With Swarm, you mark each test case as Pass or Fail. If you mark the test case as Fail, you can type a note about why the test case failed.

Before you can access Swarm, you must be a member of the LDS Tools for Android project.

Join the LDS Tools Android Project

  1. Go to https://tech.lds.org and sign in.
  2. Click Projects.
  3. If you haven’t completed your profile, click Profile on the submenu and complete the details. Make sure you sign the individual contributor’s license agreement.
  4. Click Projects on the submenu.
  5. Find the LDS Tools for Android project and click it.
  6. Scroll down and click Join.

Complete test cases in Swarm

  1. Either on your desktop or mobile device (Swarm displays well on nearly any device), go to https://tech.lds.org/swarm.
  2. Click LDS Tools Android.
  3. Proceed through the test cases. You can go in any order and complete as many test cases as your time allows.

If you have questions about LDS Tools for Android, contact Jeff Campbell, project lead for LDS Tools for Android, at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 

Comments  

 
# Richard Pyne 2012-07-12 17:18
Locks up on Samsung Galaxy Note running ICS. Have to reboot to get out.
 
 
# Tom Petersen 2012-08-03 21:32
Same problem with Galaxy S3
 
 
# Steven Dayton 2012-07-16 07:45
When will Calendars be available to test? I jumped the gun and was trying them out then noticed in the Know Issues section they are not available.
 
 
# Tom Johnson 2012-07-16 08:22
Steven, calendars are included in this beta 1.5 release. A lot of systems were down on Sunday, but they should be running again. Are you not able to access the calendar in the beta download?
 
 
# Steven Dayton 2012-07-16 14:02
Quoting Tom Johnson:
Steven, calendars are included in this beta 1.5 release. A lot of systems were down on Sunday, but they should be running again. Are you not able to access the calendar in the beta download?


I did another sync earlier today Monday and just checked a few minutes ago to see if my ward calendar displays and all I am getting are blank white windows.
 
 
# ♯JesseStanford 2012-07-16 10:36
When I access the site, there are four buttons next to LDS Tools - Current release, current beta, latest build, and other releases. There is not one that says "Release". I assume we should touch "Current Beta"?

Please clarify :)
 
 
# Lawrence Gaither Silvestro 2012-07-17 12:09
I have the same question as Jesse Stanford above. However, I clicked on "Other Releases" and found the one dated 7/11/2012. I downloaded that one, but it doesn't appear that anything changed on the app when I open it.
 
 
# Tom Johnson 2012-07-17 14:22
Lawrence and Jesse, click the lt-latest-release file. That should be the latest beta release. If you want the latest build, which may be less stable, click lt-latest-build. Both should be 1.5 or newer versions.
 
 
# Chad Laurence Snelson 2012-07-17 14:09
Are there any Stake Level Administrators that can do photo uploads?
 
 
# Tom Johnson 2012-07-17 14:23
Chad, stake admins don't have photo upload rights in the directory. See tech.lds.org/wiki/Roles_and_responsibilities_%28Directory%29 for an explanation of admin rights. It's a little tricky.
 
 
# Chad Laurence Snelson 2012-07-17 14:26
Quoting Tom Johnson:
Chad, stake admins don't have photo upload rights in the directory. See tech.lds.org/wiki/Roles_and_responsibilities_%28Directory%29 for an explanation of admin rights. It's a little tricky.



Is there a reason why there isn't a stake level administrator that can approve photos?
 
 
# Tom Johnson 2012-07-17 14:36
Chad,

Stake admins don't have admin photo rights for the same reasons they can’t manipulate member records or information in general, such as email, phone, baptismal records, etc. The photo is considered part of a member's record.

I don't know why their rights are such, but that's the reason the software limits the stake admin's ability to upload and approve photos on behalf of members.
 
 
# Chad Laurence Snelson 2012-07-17 14:40
I see that somewhat makes sense. And if that's the case that the photo is considered part of a member's record then do you know why it doesn't show up when you look up a individual members record on lds.org through leader resources?

On a complete side note the copyright for this site is 2007.
 
 
# Tom Johnson 2012-07-17 14:54
Chad, could you be a little clearer about exactly what tool and screen you're referring to (where you don't see member photos)? If someone has uploaded a photo, and if a directory admin has approved the photo, it should appear.

Thanks for the note about the copyright.
 
 
# Tom Johnson 2012-07-19 10:30
Chad, I need to correct an earlier comment about photo upload rights with stake admins. Apparently stake admins do have photo upload rights with LDS Tools. I don't think they have the same photo upload rights when accessing the LDS.org directory from a computer, though. So there's a bit of a discrepancy of rights that will be sorted out later. I'm not sure if the application on LDS.org will conform to the rights in LDS Tools or vice versa.
 
 
# Chad Laurence Snelson 2012-07-17 15:25
Quoting Tom Johnson:
Chad, could you be a little clearer about exactly what tool and screen you're referring to (where you don't see member photos)? If someone has uploaded a photo, and if a directory admin has approved the photo, it should appear.

Thanks for the note about the copyright.


I'm sorry this took forever I'm on an iPad and had to FTP the photos.

So it looks like the photo shows up if the individual has a personal photo assigned but if they don't have a personal photo but do have a household photo it doesn't pull that photo like the LDS Tools app does.

Based on the fact that the copyright got updated I'm guessing you might be able to help me on this completely side note with lds.org.

There is a little link that takes just a couple seconds longer then everything else to load so I always click on the wrong thing when trying to sign in. See attached photos.

 
 
# Chad Laurence Snelson 2012-07-17 15:26


 
 
# Tom Johnson 2012-07-19 10:32
Chad, thanks for including the photos. I forwarded these two questions on to the appropriate subject matter experts. I hope they will respond to this thread.

Re the copyright date, I also logged a bug about that. However, it may say 2007 because that's when the site was initially launched. I'm not sure.
 
 
# Chad Laurence Snelson 2012-07-20 14:35
Quoting Tom Johnson:
Chad, thanks for including the photos. I forwarded these two questions on to the appropriate subject matter experts. I hope they will respond to this thread.

Re the copyright date, I also logged a bug about that. However, it may say 2007 because that's when the site was initially launched. I'm not sure.


Tom,

Thanks for your reply(s) I have additional questions about photos and uploads specifically to do with Out of Unit Members is there an "expert" that I can ask?
 
 
# Steven Dayton 2012-07-19 13:49
Is there anyone besides me that doesn't get any calendar function?

I am on a Galaxy S II running Android 2.3.6.

Has anyone had success running Android 4?
 
 
# Chad Laurence Snelson 2012-07-20 14:37
Steven,

The calendar works fine for me I have a Galaxy S II running Android version 4.0.4.
 
 
# Sara Willis 2012-07-20 02:17
What to do with my new Galaxy SIII, its locked?
Apart form that I tried that calender app, its not working on my phone either. I read some posts and case studies on http://www.san-it.co.uk/case-studies.html
to get help but in vain.

Regards
 
 
# Chad Laurence Snelson 2012-07-20 14:30
Quoting Sara Willis:
What to do with my new Galaxy SIII, its locked?


I'm confused what do you mean that your phone is locked? And what is your question?
 
 
# David North 2012-07-21 13:00
I don't see a photo menu when I click my photo from my profile. I am unable to Take/Select/Delete photos of myself.
 
 
# Jeff Campbell 2012-08-02 12:19
We have seen some cases where some people cannot edit their own photos. I have fixed this and it will show up in the next patch release.
 
 
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# D Sands 2012-08-02 10:10
When scrolling through directory with thumb scroller the black box that comes up with the letter of the alphabet your in is black on black making the letter almost invisible.
 
 
# Jeff Campbell 2012-08-02 12:22
This is a known issue with Android devices 2.1 - 2.3.x (not an issue with Android 3.0+). I'm looking into a fix for this now.
 
 
# D Sands 2012-08-02 10:15
When selecting which calendars to display, calendars with really long names/descriptions cannot be selected/unselected as checkboxes are hidden even in landscape mode. Calendar names should wrap.
 
 
# Jeff Campbell 2012-08-02 12:24
Thanks for the report I'll look in to getting this fixed.
 
 
# D Sands 2012-08-02 10:17
When in calendar selection screen, changing orientation causes a FC.
 
 
# Jeff Campbell 2012-08-02 12:25
This is a known issue and will be fixed in the up coming patch release.
 
 
# D Sands 2012-08-02 10:21
Recommend allowing selection of Directory/Callings/Calendar from not just the LDS Tools icon but the icon plus description. This would make it easier to switch as the selection area would be bigger.
 
 
# Jeff Campbell 2012-08-02 12:33
Thanks for the suggestion. We are working on ways to improve this, unfortunately the current API for the top bar will not support any taps on the title.
 
 
# Chris Lee Norton 2012-08-03 12:30
Will LDS Tools be made available for the Barns & Noble Nook Tablet?
 
 
# Jeff Campbell 2012-08-03 21:42
We just deployed LDS Tools to the Amazon Market (which may take a week to show up) and working to release to the B&N Store.
 
 
# Raleigh Johnson 2012-08-26 23:08
Quoting Jeff Campbell:
We just deployed LDS Tools to the Amazon Market (which may take a week to show up) and working to release to the B&N Store.

LDS Tools does not work well on my Kindle Fire, can see top of pages but cannot scroll down.
 
 
# Matt Hall 2012-08-05 03:47
I would like to be able to make my default view as callings since I serve in the Stake YM Presidency.
 
 
# Lee Hillman 2012-08-13 13:36
Any plans to include membership numbers in the member data for Bishops as the iOS version does?
 
 
# Raleigh Johnson 2012-08-26 23:10
Why are Branch Website Administrators not granted any administrative rights?
 
 
# Christopher Lorin Duehring 2012-11-20 12:50
I can't see any member in my own ward (absolutely devoid of data) but the remainder of my Stake is viewable, including calendars, callings, etc. Is this a bug on the Samsung Galaxy S3 or a known issue of some sort?
 
 
# Lynn Alan Joyner 2013-08-28 16:22
LDS Tools was installed on my Android. Now I am not able to access any data. When I try to log on, it says LDS services are not available. I have reset the password, uninstalled and re-installed several times. At one time, I had to type in a pin number to access the data. Now it says LDS logon. Neither the pin nor the LDS logon give me access to Tools. Any suggestions?
 
 
# Jeff Campbell 2013-08-29 07:37
Please make sure that your are running the latest version of LDS Tools from the Google Play Store.
 

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