Tutorials for Feature Use

This page contains tutorials for use of List Recorder's features.

You can read the tutorials online by using the following links. To download all the tutorials on this page as a single Microsoft Word document, click here.

Go to tutorial: Creating a new item

Go to tutorial: Custom tilt motions

Go to tutorial: Custom “push” gestures

Go to tutorial: Deleting an item

Go to tutorial: Checking an item

Go to tutorial: Creating a list

Go to tutorial: Sorting and ordering a list

Go to tutorial: Adjusting the beep timing

Go to tutorial: Making a check list

Go to tutorial: Transferring data out of List Recorder

Go to tutorial: Do Dates

Go to tutorial: Sending a text message



Tutorial: Creating a new item

There are two ways to add a new item to a list. At the bottom left of the toolbar there is a button labeled “Record new item”, also referred to as the quick record button, which creates a new item and starts recording. If you wish to create a new item that will contain audio, tapping the Record new item button is the fastest way to do it. But be prepared to start recording right away because the next thing you hear after tapping the Record new item button is the guitar strum, letting you know recording has begun.

A second way to create a new item is to get into edit mode by tapping the Edit button on the right side of the navigation bar. Alternatively, you can use the tilt right motion to toggle edit mode.

When in edit mode, tap the “Add item” item that appears at the top of the list or the insert button in front of it. For VoiceOver users, you will normally hear “Add item” as soon as you enter edit mode. Occasionally the VoiceOver cursor lands instead on the first item in the list. If this happens, swipe left to back up to the previous item which should be the “Add item” item at the top of the list.

Supplying information for the new item

When you create a new item you will be taken to an empty item detail screen where you can fill in as much information as you wish for the new item. There are audio controls for recording and playing the items audio. Initially the play button is dimmed because a new item does not have audio until you record it.

There is also a title and text field. Initially these fields are empty. To edit these fields, double tap the field you wish to edit. This will put you into edit mode. If you do not have an external keyboard attached, the standard keyboard will appear in the lower half of the screen.

Placement of the new item

Where the new item is placed in the list will depend on how the list is sorted. If your list is sorted by Creation date in descending order, which is the default, the newest items will be at the top of the list and the oldest items at the end. Changing the sort order is described in another tutorial, but there is one sort order that will affect where the new item is placed. In a list sorted by manual sequence, a new item will be placed after the current item, which is the last item VoiceOver announced. See the tutorial entitled “Sorting and ordering a list” for more details.

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Tutorial: Custom tilt motions

One of the fun things about List Recorder is the custom tilt motions that provide an alternate way to perform common functions, just by waving the device in a certain way. The tilt motions are available whether VoiceOver is running or not. Custom tilt motions are provided in addition to the standard iPhone navigation controls, giving you many choices in how to work with your lists. To turn on tilt motions, go into settings and set “No motion mode” off.

Tilt motion basics

There are four tilt motions. Tilt left is performed by rotating the device to the left or counter-clockwise. Tilt right is performed by rotating the device to the right or clockwise. The forward tilt motion is performed by tilting the device toward you, as if the device is bowing to you. The back flip motion is performed by tilting the device away from you so that the top of the device points to the ground. You will hear audio feedback when the motion is recognized. Each of the four tilt motions are described below.

Tilt right

Tilt right is a short cut for engaging the button on the right side of the navigation bar. In a list view, tilt right is a short cut for toggling edit mode. When the motion is recognized you will hear “editing on” or “Editing off” as appropriate.

In the item detail view, right tilt is a shortcut for engaging the action button. Tilt your device to the right until you hear it say “action dialog.” If you tilt the device back to the upright position at this point, the action dialog comes up and you can tap on a button to select the desired action. If you keep the device tilted right, you will hear each of the options in the actions menu as follows, “Email,” “Audio functions,” “Delete item,” and “Cancel.” You can select any of these actions directly by tilting the device back to the upright position immediately after hearing the action you want.

Forward tilt

Forward tilt is an alternate way to tap a button on the toolbar. When the tilt forward motion is recognized you will hear “toolbar” followed by the names of each toolbar button in sequence. Keep the device tilted forward until you hear the button you want, then tilt it back upright. “Cancel” is the last choice before the audio sequence repeats. You must be in a list view to use forward tilt.

Back flip

The black flip motion lets you wipe out items or actions. A wipe out sound is played when the black flip motion is recognized. The wipe out dialog is displayed, showing the currently available choices for deleting items or undoing actions.

Tilt left

The tilt left motion is handy when you want to get back to a clean state or go back to previous lists. When the motion is recognized you will hear a tone, “Backing up” or “Already home” depending on where you are in the backing up process.

The first step, indicated by a tone, cleans up the current view. This is a quick way to dismiss a dialog, turn off editing mode and silence any non-VoiceOver audio.
If the view is already clean, tilt left will move back through the list hierarchy until you reach the List Recorder home list. Each time left tilt moves you back a level, you will hear “backing up.” You will hear “Already home” if you are in the List Recorder home list and therefore cannot go any further back.

Tilt controls while recording

While recording, the left and right tilt motions allow you to pause or stop the recording. A left tilt will stop the recording. A second left tilt backs up to the list view. A right tilt will pause a recording. A second right tilt resumes the recording.

The accelerometer

The tilt motions are detected using the iPhone’s accelerometer. Because the accelerometer measures the G-force along the device’s axes, it is affected by the force you use when you perform the motion. If you are having trouble with your motions being recognized, pay attention to the force with which you perform the motion as well how the device is tilted. The back flip works best with a little flick so that more G-force will be felt at the top of the device. It can also help to hold the tilted position for a second.

Disabling tilt motions

The tilt motions can be disabled individually. Simply locate the appropriate toggle switch in settings and turn it off.

The “No motion mode” switch over-rides the individual motion switches. No motion mode disables all motions. This is a good way to temporarily turning off motions as your individual motion settings are retained when you turn off No motion mode.

Note that setting orientation lock on your device does not affect the tilt motions in List Recorder.

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Tutorial: Custom “push” gestures

List Recorder provides two custom push gestures as shortcuts for VoiceOver users. Push right alternates between checking and unchecking an item. Push left reads a full description of the current item. These shortcuts are available while in a list view.

Performing a push gesture

The push gesture starts with a double-tap-hold gesture that is a standard gesture for over-riding VoiceOver. To perform a double-tap-hold, do a double tap and keep your finger down after the second tap until you hear a jiggly tone. To perform a push left, start with a double-tap-hold. After hearing the jiggly tone, without lifting your finger, move your finger to the left and then lift it up. To perform a push right, you move your finger to the right instead of the left.

Any push gesture will silence the currently playing non-VoiceOver audio, but not until you lift your finger. In the item detail screen a push gesture is a toggle that will pause and play the item’s audio. To pause and play VoiceOver speech you need to use a two finger tap.

Push gestures can be a bit temperamental so keep trying until you hear the appropriate feedback. The reason double-tap-hold is used is because this is the only gesture passed through to an app while VoiceOver is turned on.

Shortcut gestures for non-VoiceOver users

Non-VoiceOver users have two shortcut gestures available in list view similar to push gestures but without requiring the double-tap-hold. Swipe right alternates between checking and unchecking an item. Swipe left will play an audio preview of an item.

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Tutorial: Deleting an item

What happens when you delete an item? The item no longer appears in the list and all of the information associated with that item is erased, including any audio. Deleting is not undoable, so be careful.

There are two ways to delete an item. You can delete the item you are viewing by using the wipe out dialog. You can also delete multiple items at a time with the “Delete checked” option of the “Perform on checked” toolbar button. Each method is discussed below.

Delete using wipe out

A back flip motion brings up the wipe out dialog. Your choices in this dialog always involve wiping something out, either an item or undoing an action.

In the list view, you are given the choice of deleting the item at the VoiceOver cursor or the selected item when VoiceOver is off.

In both cases, the choice gives the title of the item it will delete so you can verify it is the intended item.

When you tap on the delete choice, the item is immediately deleted.

Delete using “Delete checked”

“Delete checked” is an option in the “Perform on checked” toolbar button. It will delete all the checked items in the current list. See “Checking an item” if you are unsure how to check an item.

Once you have checked the items you wish to delete, tap the “Delete checked” choice in the “Perform on checked” dialog. A second dialog appears telling you how many checked items will be deleted. You must choose “YES” to verify you want to delete that number of items. “NO” will cancel the delete.

Deleting a list

Even if the item you wish to delete is itself a list, you still use the methods described above to delete it. The only difference is that before deleting a list, a dialog will ask whether to delete the list and contents, list only or cancel.

If you want to delete the list and everything it contains, choose the “Delete both list and contents” option.

If you want to keep the contents but get rid of the list, choose the “Delete list, keep contents” option. All of the items that had been in the list will now appear as items in the list containing the deleted list.

The “Cancel” leaves the list untouched.

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Tutorial: Checking an item

You can check and uncheck any item in a list. A checked item has a red checkmark in front of it. VoiceOver inserts the word “checked” when it announces an item that is checked.

What does a checked item signify?

The meaning of checking an item is up to you. You can use it to signify items that need immediate attention, items that are done or any other meaning you find useful. You can also perform certain functions on the checked items in a list. These functions include: Sort, Delete, Uncheck, Invert check, Move checked items, Copy checked titles or Make list from checked. Sort is found in the “List commands” toolbar button. The other functions are found in the “Perform on checked” toolbar button.

How to check an item

There are several ways to check and uncheck items. When you are in edit mode, tapping an item will toggle its checked state. The push right gesture allows VoiceOver users to check and uncheck an item without being in edit mode. For non- VoiceOver users, swipe right is the gesture that checks and unchecks items.

A push right gesture is performed by doing a double-tap-hold gesture until you hear a jiggly tone. Then keep your finger on the screen, move it right and lift up. If the gesture is recognized, you’ll hear either “check” or “uncheck” followed by the number of the affected item.

Push gestures can be a bit temperamental so keep trying until you hear the “check” or “uncheck” feedback. Also pay attention to the item number. If the item number checked or unchecked does not match what you expect, you can use the wipe out dialog to undo the check action.

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Tutorial: Creating a list

When you start out, you have just one list: the List Recorder home list. To keep things organized you can make as many additional lists as you need. A list appears as an item with a list icon in front of it. VoiceOver inserts the word “list” when it announces an item that is a list.

Traversing the list hierarchy

Let’s say you make a new list called MyList (instructions for making it follow). When you open MyList you will see a list view of the items contained in MyList. To get back to the list you came from (referred to as the parent list), you tap the back button, which is labeled with the name of the parent list or “Home” if the parent list is the List Recorder home list. See the tilt left motion for a shortcut method of traversing back through the list hierarchy.

Two ways to make a new list

There are two ways to make a new list. You can make a new empty list using the “Insert” option of the “List command” toolbar button. Specify “Empty list” in the dialog asking what you wish to insert. You can also make a list by taking the checked items from the current list and putting them into a new list. The second method is invoked by the “Make list from checked” option of the “Perform on checked” toolbar button.

Either method will display a dialog allowing you to specify a title for your new list. The default title for a new list is “List” followed by the date formatted as a 6 digit number and the time. You will see this default title in the dialog’s text box. You can use the text box to change the title of the list. Click OK and your new list will be inserted as an item in the list you are currently viewing. See below for how to re-title your list after it is made.

To work with your new list, including adding items, open the list by tapping it. The resulting list view allows you to see and manipulate your new list the same as any other list.

How to re-title a list

You can change a list’s title as well as record audio for it. Like regular items, if a list does not have a title, an audio preview will be played when VoiceOver announces the list. Use the “Re-title list” option of the “List command” toolbar button to bring up a detail view that allows you to edit the current list’s title and record audio. Note that the “Re-title list” option does not appear when you are in the List Recorder home list because the home list cannot be re-titled.

Deleting a list

To delete a list you use the same methods as deleting a regular item. You can use the wipe out dialog from a list view to delete the currently selected item – which can be a list or a regular item. The “Delete checked” option of the “Perform on checked” toolbar button allows you to delete multiple items at a time, including lists. The only difference is that before deleting a list, a dialog will ask whether to delete the list and contents, list only or cancel.

If you want to delete the list and everything it contains, choose the “Delete both list and contents” option.

If you want to keep the contents but get rid of the list, choose the “Delete list, keep contents” option. All of the items that had been in the list will now appear as items in the parent list.

The “Cancel” leaves the list untouched.

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Tutorial: Sorting and ordering a list

By default the items in a list are ordered from newest to oldest. You can modify the order of a list either by sorting it or reordering it. The list will always be displayed in the last order you sorted it. Each list can have its own sort order.

Sorting a list

To sort a list, tap the “List commands” toolbar button and select the “Sort” option. A sort dialog appears, which allows you to select from the following fields: Creation date, Do date, Title, Checked, Manual sequence, Audio length or Text length. The current sort order will be indicated in the dialog with an up or down arrow corresponding to the direction of the sort. After tapping your choice, the list will be immediately resorted. To reverse the direction of a sort, select the same sort field two times in a row.

Manual sequence

You can order a list item by item using the reorder buttons provided in editing mode. However, this currently only works with VoiceOver off. The next section, Reordering items by moving, describes a reordering method which can be used with or without VoiceOver.

To use the reorder buttons, get into edit mode by tapping the Edit button on the right side of the navigation bar. Alternatively, you can use the tilt right motion to toggle edit mode. The reorder buttons are on the right side of each item with an icon of 3 gray horizontal bars. With VoiceOver off, each row can be visually picked up by holding down the reorder button and then dragging to the desired position.

Reordering items by moving

An alternative method for reordering items is to use the Move checked items option. Make sure the list is sorted by manual sequence. Then check the items you wish to move. Select the “Move checked items” option in the “Perform on checked” dialog. Then position the VoiceOver cursor to item’s destination. The moved items will be placed below the VoiceOver cursor position. Select the “Insert” option of the “List command” toolbar button. Then specify “Moved items” in the dialog asking what you wish to insert.

Remembering manual sequence

The order you define by reordering the list is remembered as the “manual sequence” option in the sort dialog. One manual sequence is remembered for each list. Thus when you use either of the reorder methods described above, you replace the previously remembered manual sequence.

Defining a default list sort

When you create a list, its initial sort order is set to a default. When you first install List Recorder, the default is newest to oldest creation date. You can change this default by selecting a new sort order from the Default list sort setting.

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Tutorial: Adjusting the beep timing

When recording audio you hear a beep, after which the recording starts. There is a wait before the beep to allow for VoiceOver to finish and not be recorded. The optimal timing of the beep will vary depending on the beep type selected, whether VoiceOver is on, VoiceOver’s speaking rate and even the processor speed of the device. You can alter the timing of this beep to be optimal for your situation, using the two settings described below.

Seconds before beep

Number of seconds from the record button being tapped to the beep. If using VoiceOver, this delay allows VoiceOver to finish announcing that the record button was tapped and changed to a pause button before playing the beep. The default setting of 2 seconds is a good delay when VoiceOver is on with a speaking rate of 60%. If you are using a faster or slower speaking rate you can adjust this value accordingly. If you are not using VoiceOver it can be set to 0.

Seconds after beep

Number of seconds from playing the beep to starting to record. This delay allows the beep to finish playing so it is not included in your recording. The default setting of .75 seconds should work for most devices. If you are hearing the beep on your recordings, set the number up a bit. If the beginning of your recording is getting cut off, set the number down.

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Tutorial: Making a check list

There are several strategies you can employ for making a check list using List Recorder. This tutorial will describe three different scenarios.

An audio task list

As Angie drinks her coffee and plans her day she starts List Recorder and navigates to the Daily Task list she has set up. When she thinks of a task she wants to accomplish, with a single tap of the Record new item button she is recording a reminder. Two left tilt motions stop the recording and get her back to the Daily task list.

When Angie strolls through her garden, she has her iPhone to answer calls. When she spots something that needs attention, she adds items to her Garden Task list in the same manner as above.

When she finishes a task, she usually just deletes the item with the wipe out command, but sometimes she’ll leave it on the list for a while and just check it to signify it’s done.

A recurring grocery list

Like most people, Jill has a core set of groceries she buys over and over. Yogurt, hemp milk and frozen fruit for smoothies, avocados, cheese, bread, etc. Jill has made a grocery list that contains items for each of the items she buys regularly. Occasionally she will add text to an item with notes on which store she prefers to buy that item, price ranges, preferred brands, etc.

When she needs to buy an item she checks it. When she goes to the store, she sorts the grocery list by checked, so that all the items she needs are at the top. When she buys the item she unchecks it.

Pasting a list from email

Charles likes to type his lists using the keyboard on his desktop computer. But then he wants to have the list on his iPhone so he can take it with him. To accomplish this, Charles emails the list he has made on his desktop computer to his iPhone. The list has each item on a separate line. Charles copies the list from his email on the iPhone.

Charles then makes a new list in List Recorder. He uses “Insert… Titles from clipboard” from the “List commands” toolbar button to insert items with titles taken from the email list. Rather than making a new list, he can also insert the items from the email list into an existing List Recorder list using the same “Insert… Titles from clipboard” option.

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Tutorial: Transferring data out of List Recorder

There are four methods you can use to move data from List recorder to another app or computer. Which method you choose depends on a variety of factors such as whether you want to transfer just audio, how many audio files and how big they are and what other apps you want to use. Each of the four methods is described below.

Open in...

The “Open in…” option allows you to open an audio file in another app. In order to use this feature, you need to have one or more apps installed on your iOS device capable of opening the audio file. Save2Dropbox is an example of an app that will open your audio files and copy them to folder that can be accessed from multiple computers. See the app store or website for descriptions of Save2Dropbox or other apps that support opening audio files. Save2Dropbox is not associated with List Recorder in any way.

To use “Open in…”, go to the item detail screen containing the audio you wish to open. Select the “Audio functions” option from the actions menu. Then select the “Open in…” option from the Audio functions dialog. A menu of all installed apps capable of opening the specified audio file is displayed. Tap the desired app to have it open the audio file.

Tapping “Open in…” launches the selected app, putting List Recorder in the background. To return to List Recorder, select it from the home screen or the switcher.

Email

Like Open in…, email processes one item at a time. Email has the advantage that it transfers not only the audio file, but also the item’s title and text. It works without additional 3rd party apps. However the size of the audio file is limited to what can be emailed as an attachment. The email feature is only available in the Full edition of List Recorder.

To email an item, select the email option in the Actions dialog. The Email option brings up the standard iPhone compose email screen. The subject field is prefilled with the item’s title, the body of the email is prefilled with the item’s text and the item’s audio is attached. Note that VoiceOver provides no announcement of the attached file.

You can type a recipient in the To field, select recipients from your address book or configure a default recipient by filling in the Mail To value in settings. You must be editing the To field before the Add from address book button appears to the right of the To field. As you type in the To field, a list of email addresses that match what you have typed is shown below the To field.

Buttons on the left and right of the navigation bar let you cancel or send your email. Clicking send hands the email off to the email app, where you can see it in your sent folder. When the mail finishes sending, you will hear the sent mail sound. This can take a while if the attached audio file is large.

File sharing

File sharing allows you to see all your audio files in the file sharing section of iTunes. The File sharing section of iTunes is in the apps screen that is displayed when you select the name of your device listed under DEVICES (not LIBRARY) in the column of choices on the left side of the main iTunes screen. Once you select your device name, make sure you click on the Apps tab. Then scroll down past the Sync apps list and the view of how the apps look on your device.

There are two tables in the File sharing section. The Apps table lists all the apps you have installed on your devices capable of sharing files. Select List Recorder from this list.

Once you select List Recorder, the Documents table will populate with all of List recorder’s audio files, as well as any export files, the latter being described in the next section. Audio files created prior to version 2.1 of List Recorder have a 12 digit filename derived from the item’s creation date. It can be difficult to identify which audio files go with which item for these earlier files. You may need to check the audio information given in the audio functions dialog for the file name of a particular audio. Or simply copy files to your computer and listen to them.

Audio files created in List Recorder 2.1 and later are named in a way that is a bit easier to recognize. An audio’s file name starts with the name of the list in which the item is contained and ends with a 14 digit number that encodes the item’s creation date. The date is encoded as year, month, day and time. Audio file names have an extension of .caf, .wav or .m4a depending on their format.

You can set the options in the Audio file naming section of settings to change how the first part of the audio file name is generated. The audio file name can start with the name of the list containing the item, the name of the item, or a fixed sequence of characters that you provide.

To move files to your computer, select the desired file(s) and click the Save to… button.

If you wish to move files to your device in order to import a list, click the Add… button. Then select the file you wish to copy in the file browsing dialog that appears and click Open. File sharing does not allow you to copy folders, but you can select all the files in a folder and copy those. The files are copied to List Recorder’s documents folder.

Export list

The fourth method for moving data from List Recorder is the Export list feature. Export list creates an export folder containing all of the textual data and audio files for the list you specified, including any sub lists. If you copy this folder onto your desktop computer or other safe place, it can be used as a way to back up your lists. The corresponding “Insert… Imported list” in the “List commands” toolbar button will recreate a list from the files in an export folder.

Before exporting a list, make sure you are in the list you wish to export. The export file will contain items in the current list and all of its sub-lists. Select the “Export list” option of the “List command” toolbar button. A dialog will appear allowing you to specify a name for the export file. The default file name starts with the name of the list being exported and ends with a 14 digit number that encodes the item’s creation date. The date is encoded as year, month, day and time. An extension of .htm is added to the filename.

You will see this default filename in the dialog’s text box. You can use the text box to change the export filename. Click OK and the export file will be written. To copy the export file to your computer, you must use file sharing which is described in the section above.

To import a list, the list must first be copied to List Recorder’s documents folder. The File sharing section above describes how to do this. Then use the “Insert” option of the “List command” toolbar button. Specify “Imported list” in the dialog asking what you wish to insert. A picker appears that lists all the files that can be imported. The files listed are the htm files created when a list is exported. Select the file that corresponds to the list you wish to import. The imported list will appear in the list you are currently in.

Another way you can access the data in an export folder is by opening it in a browser. The browser displays all the items contained in the list you exported in the same structure, including sub-lists. The best way to understand how this works and what you might do with it, is simply to try it. Export a list, copy the export folder to your computer and then open the htm file in the export folder with your browser. You should be able to browse through the entire list structure and play each item’s audio from your browser.

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Tutorial: Do Dates

Do dates allow you to specify a date for an item that typically signifies when the item will or should happen. You can sort lists by Do date and get a Do date report that tells you how many items are do in the number of days you specify, and lists them in the order they will occur. It also adds a badge to the List Recorder app icon showing how many items are do in the number of days you specify. Future versions of List Recorder are likely to do more with Do date, such as provide ways to set up recurring dates and set alarms. If you have a specific use for this type of function, you are welcome to send your use case to lr@sixthmode.com.

Displaying an item’s do date in the list view

An item’s do date is displayed in the list view only if the list is sorted by do date. If the list is sorted by do date, the do date is displayed in place of the creation date at the bottom right of an item’s entry. A do date is proceeded with the label “Do.”

To hear the do date read by VoiceOver, the list containing the item must be sorted by do date and the item must not have an audio preview. Thus items with titles or with no audio will have their do dates spoken after their titles. If the item has an audio preview, the preview would overlap VoiceOver announcing the do date, so the do date is not spoken in the announcement.

You can hear any item’s do date at any time by bringing up the item details dialog using the “Read item details” option in the “List commands” button. The push left gesture is the shortcut for displaying item details.

Setting an item’s do date

To set an item’s do date you must be in the item detail view. The last field displayed on the bottom of the screen is the item’s do date. Tap this field to bring up a date picker screen where you can set the item’s do date.

The date picker works in a similar manner to the date picker used in system settings to set the system date & time. The first field on the top of the screen displays a date value. The field below it displays a time value. The thing to keep in mind is that these fields also act as buttons to switch between a date picker and time picker on the bottom of the screen, which are the controls used to change the date or time.

If you wish to remove a do date, tap the field labeled “Remove do date.”

Displaying the do date report

To display the Do date report, select the “Do date report” option of the “List command” toolbar button. A dialog will appear summarizing the number of items do in the number of days you specify. The do items are listed in the order will occur.

The number days used in the report can be modified by changing the Do date days warning value in settings. The Do date days warning setting is also used to calculate the number of do items displayed as a badge on the List Recorder app icon.

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Tutorial: Sending a text message

You can use List Recorder’s email feature to send an item’s text and have it arrive as a text message on someone's phone. In order to text, you must know the recipient’s phone number and carrier. All major carriers have an SMS gateway that lets you send an email to the gateway which then relays the text of the email to the phone number specified in the address.

For example, let's say you want to send a text to your daughter telling her happy birthday. You make an item whose title field contains “Happy birthday Erica!” You select the email option in the actions menu of the item detail screen. The title field becomes the subject field of the email. You can also use the text field for your message. Both subject and text field are included in the text, usually on the same line, but many carriers will put the subject in parentheses.

To have your message arrive as a text rather than an email, you need to send it to an email address that is composed of the 10 digit phone number to receive the text @ the carrier’s gateway address.

In the example, your daughter has an iPhone using AT&T as the carrier. Her phone number is 987-555-0100. The gateway address for AT&T from the table below is number@txt.att.net. So you would send the birthday message to 9875550100@ txt.att.net. Make sure the number does not contain punctuation. Remember that SMS messages are limited in length, usually to 160 characters. Also most carriers charge for text messages which vary depending on the recipient’s phone plan.

Table of the SMS gateway addresses

Below is a table of the SMS gateway addresses for the major carriers in the US and Canada.

Carrier

SMS Gateway Address

Alaska Communication

number@msg.acsalaska.com

Alltel

number@message.alltel.com

AT&T (formerly Cingular)

number@txt.att.net

Boost Mobile

number@myboostmobile.com

Cellular One (Dobson)

number@mobile.celloneusa.com

Cellular South

number@csouth1.com

Centennial Wireless

number@cwemail.com

Chariton Valley Wireless

number@sms.cvalley.net

Cincinnati Bell

number@gocbw.com

Cingular (GoPhone)

number@cingulartext.com

Cricket

number@sms.mycricket.com

Esendex

number@echoemail.net

Fido

number@fido.ca

General Communications

number@mobile.gci.net

Globalstar

number@msg.globalstarusa.com

Golden State Cellular

number@gscsms.com

Helio

number@myhelio.com

Kajeet

number@mobile.kajeet.net

Koodo Mobile

number@msg.telus.com

MetroPCS

number@mymetropcs.com

MTS Mobility

number@text.mtsmobility.com

PC Telecom

number@mobiletxt.ca

Pioneer Cellular

number@zsend.com

Pocket Wireless

number@sms.pocket.com

Qwest Wireless

number@qwestmp.com

Rogers Wireless

number@pcs.rogers.com

SaskTel

number@sms.sasktel.com

South Central Communications

number@rinasms.com

Sprint (Nextel)

number@messaging.nextel.com

Sprint (PCS)

number@messaging.sprintpcs.com

Straight Talk

number@vtext.com

Syringa Wireless

number@rinasms.com

T-Mobile

number@tmomail.net

Telus Mobility

number@msg.telus.com

TracFone (prepaid)

number@mmst5.tracfone.com

Unicel

number@utext.com

US Cellular

number@email.uscc.net

Verizon

number@vtext.com

Viaero

number@viaerosms.com

Virgin Mobile (USA)

number@vmobl.com

Virgin Mobile (Canada)

number@vmobl.ca

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