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Android XlContactImport  


FAQ

- What have changed since version 1.1.0 of this app ?

With version 1.1.0, the app was given a major new version with import engine renewal, an extended import format and upgrades : all details are here. The app also has now two versions : a standard free version and a paid pro version with no ads and advanced functions (see here).
- Is there an ad-free version of this app ?

Yes, since version 1.1.0, XlContactImport Pro is available. While the standard version of XlContactImport stills contains the major functions, the Pro version doesn't contain ad banners and it offers specific advanced functions.

- (Standard version only) What is this "Privacy Policy & Advertising Terms" pop-up dialog box (in english language) which appears at the start of the app ? What is "Airpush" ?

Airpush is the ads provider I use only for the standard version of this app. Since August 2014, Airpush has now to conform to the new strict Google policy concerning the ads management in Android apps and devices ("Advertising ID" -> more on this here : http://marketingland.com/google-replacing-android-id-with-advertising-id-similar-to-apples-idfa-63636). The pop-up explains precisely how the ads work and your consent is needed to display them in the app. If you validate "Ok" in the pop-up, you authorize the ad to be displayed as usual by opting in (then, you will not be bothered again). If you tap "Cancel", you opt out and the ads will not be displayed for this session of use for the app, but the dialog box will appear again next time (I can't do nothing about it, but I suppose you can change your advertising parameters in your device to take care about that...).
To conclude on this subject, keep in mind that Ad banners help me on my trial and free apps, and that there aren't very intrusive as there are only banners, so do not hesitate to tap "Ok" on the dialog box ! ;-)

- I dont understand how to use an .xls file to produce data to import.

Im sorry, but you should at least read the tutorial here. XlContactImport will modify the content of your contact database so you must understand the meaning of the xls format and the features of the app before using the app.

- Why dont you support some features I see on the contact record screen on my smartphone ? (anniversary, nickname, etc)

That's because you use a release of the app under version 1.1.0. These features are now available beginning with version 1.1.0.

- Why dont you support for contact pictures for the moment ?

I hope to include it in a future version. It would be great !

- Do XlContactImport import another format than .xls ?

Yes, since version 1.1.0, XlContactImport Pro offers both support for the default Excel 2007 workbook format (.xlsx) and for the classic Excel workbook format (.xls). You simply have to type for the needed extension in the file name.

- Why does a Dropbox web page stay opened on a internet browser window, on my device, after authentication to Dropbox through the app ? I clicked on the confirmation button to authenticate to Dropbox, so the window should close ! (version 1.1.0 and above)

If you experience this situation, it probably comes from the fact you don't have the Dropbox client installed on your Android device. For a smoother experience using the Dropbox import functions of this app, we advise you to install the Dropbox Android client app on your device, if you haven't done it already. Without it, Dropbox relies instead on a web page for authentication and, due to an imperfect design by their dev team on this web page, the browser window stays opened after authentication, so you would have to manually close it with your "back" button each time... Since this window is launched externally by the Dropbox librairies, we can't do nothing about it.

- Can you explain what the "improved speed" feature of the Pro version do ?

This feature is about the main import process speed. I discovered that I could use a few tricks to speed up the process so I decided to add this bonus to the Pro version. It will be clearly visible on small or medium-sized contact databases (if you have, for example, a contact database with 150-200 contacts in it). At the contrary, on huge contact databases, the import time will not show significant differences.

- I encounter a strange error or behaviour when importing data. I checked first the format appendix to verify my file and all my datas are correctly formatted. What's happening ?

If the error seems completely strange (as an example : error at the first line of datas even if the data is formatted correctly), you can use the trace mode to report to me of the situation. See the very end of the XlContactImport tutorial to know how to proceed. This kind of error can be the result of a specific modification of Android libraries by the brand of the phone (yes, HTC, I talk to you... Look me in the eye).

- Does XlContactImport still work on Android 1.6, 2.0.x, 2.1.x, 2.2.x devices ? I just read that, with the 1.1.0 release, Android 2.3 was the lower compatible version now for the app.

Yes, you can always download a compatible version for theses old devices on Google Play (contact us if a problem occurs there on this subject) and we will continue to provide support for the Android 1.6, 2.0.x, 2.1.x, 2.2.x users of the app. BTY, the app will not be ugraded anymore for Android 1.6, 2.0.x, 2.1.x, 2.2.x devices, as we encountered recently serious problems with the custom contact API used by the app on newer phone devices. To ensure the future of the app, we had no other choice than base now the developpement of the app on Android 2.3.x, 3.x and 4.x devices (which represent now above 98% of the active Android devices).


Release history

1.1.2 (30/07/2014) By Google request, switch to the Advertising ID system for the Ad banners : you can now opt out for the Airpush ads when the app launchs. An Android upgrade was done in this version too. A major option about vCards is about to come in next version.
1.1.0 (28/03/2014) Major new version with import engine renewal and upgrades : all details are here. Several display & interface enhancements. Screens rotation added. The app now works on Android 2.3 to 4.x. (support for previous versions maintained, as stated above)
1.0.5 (22/04/2013) Several small bugs fixes (on very specific Android versions). Trace mode enhanced. Last upgrade available for Android 1.6, 2.0.x, 2.1.x and 2.2.x users.
1.0.4 (03/02/2013) Several small bugs fixes (on very specific Android versions).
1.0.3 (10/08/2012) Several small bugs fixes (on very specific Android versions). Trace mode added for specific phone errors.
1.0.2 (23/05/2012) Several small bugs fixes (on very specific Android versions). Ads rotator added.
1.0.1 (04/04/2012) Bug fix on the default import folder search (the fix override a bug of behaviour in a common java library used in this app -> before the fix, the app could crash after start).
1.0.0 (21/03/2012) Initial release on the Android market (now Google Play).

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