Version 1.7

Well, it’s been 8 months since the last time I’ve released an update to Scale Model Helper, which is a lot longer than what I’ve been planning. I was having problems creating what I wanted with the application, and work was busy, so I didn’t had much free time left. I did however managed to solve the technical problems, and I have more free time, so hopefully the next updates won’t take as long.

Since it’s been so long, here’s a quick reminder of what is Scale Model Helper. Scale Model Helper is intended to help the scale model builders and miniature painters in their every needs, from color selection and matching, to scale model building to-do and shopping lists, whether you’re building armor, aircraft, ships, cars or trains. There is an online version at online version and an Android version.

Here are the changes in this version:
– Added P3 colors
– I’ve added support for marking colors in your inventory. It’s very basic right now (you can see an example of how it works here, but will serve as a base for other online and shared content features that I’m planning. I’m using facebook as the identification mechanism as I didn’t want to deal with usernames and passwords for now. An important feature is that this inventory is shared across both the online and the Android version if you login to facebook on each application.
– I’ve started a UserVoice site for Scale Model Helper. UserVoice is a site that lets me get feedback from people with bug reports and more importantly, ideas and features that they’re interested in seeing in the next version, so I can have a better idea of what to work on next. The main portal for it is here, give it a look, browse around, and vote / post about ideas and features you’d like to see next.

Finished with the inventory feature

Finished the inventory feature faster than I expected :)

Here’s an example of it in the online version:

SMH_online

And the mobile version:

SMH_mobile

As you can see, the operation is pretty simple: There’s a tick mark next to the color to indicate that the color is in the inventory. Clicking on the color will give you an add or delete icon to add or delete the item from the inventory (The online version doesn’t require clicking on the color, just hovering over it).

After making a change, the inventory is sent to the server to persist the changes, and whenever you come back to the online or mobile application, if you’re logged into facebook, it will pull the new inventory state so you can keep in sync.