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Discussion in 'Android Applications' started by FRATBoy, Dec 30, 2009.

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    I really liked Locale...until it became a pay app.

    The beta was free, but had its issues. (inaccurate GPS for one). Now with Locale 1.0, this is potentially fixed, but with a steep $10 price tag.

    Are there any apps out there that do pretty much the same thing as locale, but are more reasonably priced or free?
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    I'm using timeriffic to replace Locale. Since the location wasn't reliable, I realized I mostly used the time functions. I work from 8-5, set to vibrate. Evenings, ring, from 10-7 quiet. It works well and you can set the volume, vibrate, notifications, etc.
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    I looked at timeriffic but I use a couple of other functions of locale...such as Contacts (when wife call, ring at max volume), etc...
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    The Locale beta just expired on me...:mad: Anyone know of another app that knows when the phone is plugged in between certain hours, and then it'll adjust the sound?


    Just need to really turn off notifications at night.
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    This is what I want too, but *le sigh* i have found no replacement as of yet. I really hate to buy locale for $10 just for that.

    I am using Timeriffic to quiet my phone during work and sleep hours, but I just know the day is coming when I'm not actually home and in bed during my "sleep" hours and I miss a call or txt because my notifications are turned down or off.
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    I have been using Toggle Settings (its in the market) by CoolMagic.

    Does everything I want done, and can do more.

    The *only* thing that doesn't quite work on it is that it doesn't detect being plugged in very well. Sometimes it works, most of the time, it changes to Charging Settings when I unplug the charger.

    Hopefully the devs will notice this bug and get it fixed...

    I have yet to find anything else that worked. Timeriffic was crap and didn't hardly ever work...
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    thanks for sharing, i'm going to check it out. timeriffic works great for me, has never once failed to switch in a month of use.

    looks like others are reporting the same.
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    Have you guys tried Layar? heard it's similar but haven't tried it yet.
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    quick profiles does everything that locale did for me. i would just recommend having a different wallpaper for each of your profile otherwise you have no idea what profile is selected. i had that feature set on locale anyway so it wasn't a big deal to me. otherwise it works great and much faster than locale and it's free.
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    It looks like Locale (beta) is still working for me. I can't access any of the settings, but it looks like it's still doing what it did before. All of the app comments say the paid version is horrible.
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    Yeah, even when expired the beta Locale worked for me. I uninstalled it anyways cause I wasn't a fan of it.
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    Most reliable program I've used is "Sound Manager" to make a shortcut to mute/unmute. So one push of an icon to make it mute or unmute. :)
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    @funky, that looks promising, in my brief perusal I couldn't find a download.

    For the others that were using Locale beta, have you found that it no longer works at all? I have. And the reply I got from the dev was that there was a 'trial' period. Bummer for me.

    I got kind of spoiled with it, as I used to use time based settings on my last smartphone, the Moto Napoleon, but for me the LBS with Locale was pretty good and I have been trying out 'settings profiles' today, but it doesn't seem near as good as far as knowing when I'm at 'work'. I'll keep trying and looking . . .
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    So I've been trying to solve this since I posted.

    I was using power manager to toggle brightness for different conditions and timeriffic for time based switching. I just started getting annoyed with power manager since there are so many things it can't do because it isn't updated for versions of Android beyond like 1.5.

    Quick Profiles isn't automatic switching like Locale or any of the time based switchers. Sound manager sounds like Timerrific but is something to check out. Toggle Settings is one that does things automatically, and something for some of you to check out, but for me it is way too bloated.

    The latest thing I'm trying out is "Setting Profiles" which has a lot of the functionality as Locale, but without the GPS features. It does location based switching, just using WiFi and Lat/Lon. I haven't tried out the location based switching since I don't really need it, so I can't say how well it works. But it does do timebased switching, location switching, offers rules you can create to autoactivate certain profiles, and can toggle GPS and autosync, which are both things a lot of the other programs can't toggle.

    The only thing I'm not liking so far is it doesn't seem to have some kind of priority queue for when two profiles are activated at the same time. It also doesn't have a way to leave a setting unchanged when a profile is entered. It doesn't have a vibrate check option for notifications, so the only way to keep the phone from vibrating at night is to have it put the phone in silent mode. With Timeriffic, I can kill vibration without having to kill all sounds, specifically the ringer.

    It just seems there still is no perfect solution, but I'm getting closer. I'll likely keep this app, and at worse only use it for triggering profiles for low battery, charging, and docking and still use Timerrific for my time based switching. If I can get all the situations I want with just this app then I may stop using Timerrific.
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    Thanks for bumping a three year old thread to remind me to unsubscribe from it.
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