A few customers recently asked us questions on two related topics:

  • How can I get contacts from wherever into the app so they can be added as participants to meetings?
  • How can I easily add participants/contacts (rather than adding them one by one) to meetings?

We are pleased to inform that Meeting Minutes Pro provides several options to achieve both of these objectives easily. Lets us take a look.

Getting Contacts into the App:

  1. Using contacts from the device: If you have your contacts on your device, you need not do anything special. Meeting Minutes Pro accesses device contacts and allows you to add them as participants to the meetings. Remember, if you see asterisks at the end of a name when adding participants to a meeting, it is a contact coming from the device. If you don’t see it, is a contact coming from within the app’s database.
  2. Importing contacts from a file: Wherever your contacts are, we are pretty sure you have an option to export them to a csv file. You can use that file (albeit with some adjustments to the column order etc) to import the contacts into the app. Navigate to Manage Contacts from the home screen and then choose the option import and follow the instructions. It is that easy.
  3. Importing a Meeting from the Calendar: This is a dirty little trick. When you import a Meeting from the calendar, to make it easy for you, we automatically add the participants to the meeting. In that process we bring on any contacts that are not already present in the app. So, if you want to get some contacts into the app and have a meeting on your calendar that these people are invited to, simply import that meeting and you are done. To import a meeting from calendar, choose the menu option import from the home screen and then select meeting from calendar.

Adding participants to meetings:

  1. Importing a Meeting from the Calendar: As described above
  2. Copy Data From Another Meeting: The copy data from another meeting lets you copy anything (participants, agenda, discussion and action items) from one meeting to another. You can simply use this feature to add participants to a meeting you are setting up from any meetings you might have already setup/imported in the past. To do this, tap on the meeting you are setting up and then select the menu option Copy Data From Another Meeting and follow the instructions.

Hope this information is useful and helpful. Please let us know by adding comments here.

So, I decided to flash my Nexus 7 with the recently announced Android L Developer Preview (dubbed to be Android 5.0 Lollipop). I am yet to completely explore the new Android. However, here is a quick and simple review along with a few screen captures.

UI: 

This is the first thing you will definitely notice. The UI looks refreshing and is based on the Material design. You can see that pretty clearly in the different screen captures.

Performance & Battery Life:

While I have note tested the battery life yet, the performance seemed normal. I did  not see any major improvement from KitKat (which itself was very good anyway). I thought a developer preview would be less stable but in using it for a couple of days now, I could not find any issues whatsoever.

Soft Keys:

The three soft keys are new as well (triangle, circle and a square), as you can see in the screen captures. However, personally I did not like them. Probably, it will take some time to get used to them.

Control Center (Pull down bar): 

In KitKat, you could access WiFi, location, mobile data etc settings by simply pulling down from the top and tapping on whatever you wanted. Here you were merely tapping the shortcut as you would be taken the specific settings page to do the action you wanted. This is now more powerful in Android L and you can do stuff right there in the pull down bar. You can toggle WiFi, location, bluetooth etc right there. While this is good, this could cause problems in smaller devices (where the buttons are smaller as well) where you can accidentally turn off WiFi when you wanted to actually tap on the network name to connect to a different network.

Notifications:

I miss the single button to dismiss all notifications in the notification bar. Probably that will come back in the stabler versions of Android L.

Lock Screen Notifications:

Notifications show up on the lock screen but show limited information (as you can see in the screen capture) for security purposes.

Multitasking:

The square button shows all the recent apps. However, instead of a 2D list of apps that you can scroll Android L has a 3D cascade of app tiles similar to the cards interface in Google Now. Personally, I felt this design slows you down when you have multiple apps open and want to switch between them fast.

ART Runtime:

Android Kitkat brought in an option for developers to switch from the traditional dalvik to ART runtime. That option is now gone and Google has switched completely to ART. In my experience, ART was much better than dalvik in terms of battery consumption and performance. So, this is a welcome change.

Google Apps:

All Google Apps like Calculator, People, Keyboard, Settings etc have been redesigned to match the new UI. Most of them have got functionality enhancements as well.

Apps:

I have not downloaded and tried all the apps yet but most of the apps seem to work with Android L without any issues. Some apps did have some issues, though. Hoping that the developers or Google will fix these issues before the release.

Meeting Minutes:

Meeting Minutes Pro and the 3 day free trial worked perfectly on Android L. However, Meeting Minutes Sync seems to have some issues. Don’t worry, it will be addressed (by Google or us) before Android L is released.

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Some customers recently wanted to know when Meeting Minutes Sync would be available on Amazon AppStore, Samsung Apps and any other Non Google Play app store. Their concern was more around the fact that they are unable to use Meeting Minutes Sync because they purchased Meeting Minutes Pro from one of these app stores.

We have plans to make Meeting Minutes Sync available across all app stores. However, since each one uses their own in-app billing sdk it will take some time. Meanwhile, we have GOOD NEWS. If you have access to Google Play (most likely you will), just go ahead and download Meeting Minutes Sync from Google Play and use it. Meeting Minutes Pro & Sync will work together irrespective of the app store from which you downloaded those apps. Hope this clarifies and helps. Please contact us at support@srimanapps.com in case of any questions.

If your answer is YES, read on… In collaboration with the AndroidGiveAwayOfTheDay, we are giving away Meeting Minutes Pro for free for a LIMITED TIME. To get it FREE, waste no more time and head straight to http://bit.ly/1m4VtsU

 

Remember, this offer is valid for a LIMITED TIME.

A new update (3.1) for Meeting Minutes Pro has been released today. This will be available on Google Play in the next 2-3 hours and in the next 5-7 days in the Amazon AppStore and Samsung Apps (depending on the time taken in the approval process)

Edit: 5th May 2014, 13:00 GMT: The update is available on Amazon now.

This release adds the following features to the app:

  • Import agenda & discussion items from a text file
  • Import action items from a csv file
  • Export list of meetings to csv file
  • Attendance Reports for Meetings and Participants
  • Choose Font Size for the Exported Meeting Minutes & Agenda
  • Minor Bug Fixes

A few customers asked us recently on how multiple people using Meeting Minutes Pro collaborate and work together on a single meeting. For example, one of them would set up a meeting and agenda whereas the other one would run the meeting and capture the discussion and action items. The third one would follow up on the action items and take them to closure. Well, guess what, you can certainly do this using Meeting Minutes Pro and quite simply in fact… Heres how…

  1. User 1: Create/Import the meeting. Add the agenda
  2. User 1: Long press the meeting and choose the option “export” and then “meeting to file”
  3. User 1: Share the file with colleagues
  4. User 2: Import the meeting into their device by choosing the menu option “import” from the home screen and then “meeting from file”
  5. User 2: Update the discussion and action items
  6. User 2: Export meeting to file as in step 2
  7. User 2: Share the file with colleagues
  8. User 3: Import meeting from file as in step 4
  9. User 3: Track Action Items to closure and make the updates

A few customers asked recently for instructions to export data from the free (trial) version to the paid (Pro) version. There are multiple ways this can be accomplished. Please read below for more information.

Using Meeting Minutes Sync (Currently available only on Google Play):

This by far is the easiest and simplest method. This method can be used even if the trial and pro versions are on different devices.

  1. Open the Trial version
  2. Tap “Sync Now” button to initiate sync
  3. Upload both Database and Settings files
  4. Now open the Pro version
  5. Tap “Sync Now” button to initiate sync
  6. Download both Database and Settings files
  7. You are done

Manual Method – Database:

  1. Open the Trial version
  2. Tap menu from the home screen and choose Export and then Database (if your trial is expired, you will see a button to export the database as soon as you open the app)
  3. Open the Pro version
  4. From the home screen tap menu and choose the import option and then database
  5. Now select the database file you just exported. That generally is saved in a folder called MtgMin inside the download folder. (Please note that once you export the database, sending it out in email or saving it in Google Drive/Dropbox is optional. The database is exported into a file and stored on your device (typically in the folder download/MtgMin). So you can export from the trial version which will create that file in that folder. You can import that file into the Pro version)
  6. Now proceed to the Settings data , if required. Otherwise, you are done.

Manual Method – Settings:

  1. Open the Trial version
  2. Go to the Settings screen
  3. Tap menu and then choose the export option
  4. Open the Pro version
  5. Go to the Settings screen
  6. Tap menu and then choose the import option
  7. Now select the settings file you just exported. That generally is saved in a folder called MtgMin inside the download folder. (Please note that once you export the settings, sending it out in email or saving it in Google Drive/Dropbox is optional. The settings are exported into a file and stored on your device (typically in the folder download/MtgMin). So you can export from the trial version which will create that file in that folder. You can import that file into the Pro version)
  8. You are done

Partial Data Transfer:

If you have created meetings in both trial and pro versions, you can export/import individual meetings to/from files. For this, please do the below:

  1. Open the app version from where you want to export individual meetings
  2. Long press on the desired meeting, choose the option export and then meeting to file
  3. Open the app version where you want to import individual meetings
  4. From the home screen tap menu and choose the import option and then meeting from file
  5. Now select the meeting file you just exported. That generally is saved in a folder called MtgMin inside the download folder. (Please note that once you export the meeting to a file, sending it out in email or saving it in Google Drive/Dropbox is optional. The meeting is exported into a file and stored on your device (typically in the folder download/MtgMin). So you can export from the trial version which will create that file in that folder. You can import that file into the Pro version)
  6. Repeat as necessary