Tally Counter

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    Keith McQuait

    Not sure exactly what you mean by a tally counter. Could you elaborate a little more? If it existed, how exactly would it work?

    I am picturing the little clicker thing that adds a number every time you click the button.

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  • Hi Gretchen,

    We do have this little button (see below) that you can press to add '1' to the quantity value for Number fields, but I'm not sure if that qualifies as a tally counter. Like Keith said, I would love to understand the desired outcome better!

    Thanks,
    Siobhan

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    Keith McQuait

    Cool!  didn't realize that was there!

    Thanks!

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  • I'm shocked and truly humbled to have taught you something new, Keith!! :)

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    Keith McQuait

    This is only available on iOS. Guess that's why I never saw it.

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  • Okay, here's where things get interesting and start to come full circle...

    It turns out that the reason Android doesn't have it is because the number keyboard automatically pops up instead of the full keyboard (desired functionality, according to users). Currently, iOS pops up the full keyboard you see in the gif, but we're changing that to reflect the same number keyboard functionality that Android has based on feedback we've received (really interesting timing given the comments in this feature request). In that, and unfortunately for Gretchen if they're an iOS user, they will lose the "tally counter" functionality as well. The experience will be the same as Android. 

    Knowing that now, I'm considering this feature request as one for a specific "stepper" field type and will relay it as such. 

    Thanks,
    Siobhan

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    KENNETH BRYAN PIAMONTE

    @Siobhan,

    This is off topic, but I hope you can share the tool you are using to create GIFs. It will surely help our company explain the issues we encounter a lot easier.

    Thanks!

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  • Hi Kenneth,

    I use Camtasia, which is the same video editing software that I use to create videos for the Help Center. Instead of exporting it as a MP4 like I normally would for a video, I export it as a GIF.

    TechSmith, the company who makes Camtasia, makes other less production-intensive screen recording products that I used often when I worked in tech support (check out Snagit, Screencast, and Jing to see if they might suit your needs).

    Hope this helps! Good luck!
    Siobhan

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    KENNETH BRYAN PIAMONTE

    Awesome!

    Will share this with our IT guys :)

    Thanks again, Siobhan!

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    Keith McQuait

    For the tally counter feature, I used one of those little clickers for counting bingo cards years ago. They are pretty nifty little things.

    Personally, I don't think pressing that little button on the iPhone screen would be practical/reliable. It takes a bit of concentration to make sure you are hitting that little button. If you are trying to watch a bunch of bananas going by in hurry or even walking around counting crates, I think you would mess up quite a bit.

    However, If you could touch anywhere on the screen and not just the little button, I think the degree of accuracy would be greatly increased. 

    Out of curiosity I looked at the Apple App Store. There are free tally counters out there with much larger buttons that cover a large portion of the screen. They even have a log where you can save multiple results. 100 bananas, 50 apples, etc.

    If I had to do this, using Android developer options, I would set my display reactivity/delay settings to zero milliseconds. Otherwise the button will have an inherent lag. Not sure if this is even something you can adjust on an iPhone.

    Despite all that, sometimes I think it's just hard to beat the original. I think ergonomics gives the original the clear advantage.

    So, if the choice is to have the phone keypad pop-up for entering phone numbers (which happens often for a lot of people) or keeping the full keyboard with the tiny tally counter button, I vote to dump the tally counter.

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  • I totally agree, Keith. Ergonomics plays a large part in the ability to accurately count large quantities, and do it quickly. This will be important for us to keep in mind if we explore the "stepper" field type as an addition to the App Builder.

    We've also released a new version of the iOS app as of yesterday, so the tally counter button is now officially gone and we are back to square one in terms of this feature request -- but have made life easier on those entering phone numbers, like you said!

    All the best,
    Siobhan

     

     

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