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Organized Shopping for Android!
Organized Shopping for Android!
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V2.2.11 Released

I just released a big update. This version uses the new "Material Design" and has many improvements. Here is a picture of what it looks like.


Just released V2.1.08 onto the Play Store. It may take a few hours before it it is shown as available to you.

Get ready for a whole bunch of improvements, and enjoy!

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V2.0.4 is on the way

* Calculator improvements:
* Bug fixes
* Automatic cloud backup and restore

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Keeping a Running Total in +rShopping List

Need to get a running total for items on your shopping list while shopping? +rShopping List can handle this task for you.

First, you have to tell +rShopping List the price of items at your local store. While shopping, enter the current price of the items on your list as you check them off. There are many ways to enter the price of an item. Here is one: Tap the triangle in the lower right of the item's name then tap Price.... A calculator will pop up. Enter the price of the current item in the left column of either of the two rows. Tap the $ on the calculator to update the price of the item.

+rShopping List will remember these prices so that before you go shopping the next time, an estimated total for your shopping trip at each store is shown. Of course, the prices may have changed since your last visit, so if an exact total is important, you may need to update some prices while you are shopping.

You can even get the total of every item in your basket while in the store. To do this, select the store at which you are shopping and choose the Use Basket option. As you put items into your actual basket, tap the red X next to each item in the app. This puts the item into the app's basket. The bottom of the screen shows the total price of everything in your basket (including sales tax on certain items).

In the image below, a person is in the middle of shopping at Safeway. So far, they have $15.13 worth of items in their basket and if they get everything on their list, it will cost $6.78 more. You can see these running totals at the bottom of the screen (as long as Running Total is selected in the Item Settings -- which is the case by default).

Have fun shopping.

Discarding Multiple Items

Sometimes there are items that need to be purchased only once, and you may not want them cluttering up your +rShopping List app.

For these items, it may be useful to create a To Be Deleted label. As you purchase items, tag them with the To Be Deleted label. Then, at a later time, you can use the Discard option on the To Be Deleted label. This will ask you if you also want to discard all items tagged with the label. Choose Items Too and poof, the items are gone.

As a side note, when discarding a store, any items that are found only in that store are removed (if you confirm).

Have Fun shopping.

Importing Lists from HandyShopper

Migrating your data from that incredibly useful Palm app known has HandyShopper to +rShopping List is possible, but not yet automatic. I have an app, which currently has no user interface, that can import HandyShopper .pdb files and some .csv files into +rShopping List. If you send me your files, I will be happy to send you back a rShopping.db file that you can "Restore" into +rShopping List.

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Here is a video about how to setup the taxes in +rShopping List.

+rShopping List shows the total price of items at every store as well as those that have been placed into the basket while shopping. These totals include any applicable sales tax.

Exactly how the sales tax is computed depends on how you fill in two settings located in the General Settings area. Four taxation models are supported and each model changes which options are available for the items in your shopping lists.

If you live in a place that has no sales tax, like Oregon, or a place where prices already have taxes included, like Italy, then clear both "Base Tax Percentage" and "Alternate Tax Percentage". This is the default setting for +rShopping List

When +rShopping List is used for mostly tax-free items, you should clear the "Base Tax Percentage" and only set the "Alternate Tax Percentage". For example, if food is tax-free in your area, and you mostly have food in +rShopping List, then only set the "Alternate Tax Percentage" to the tax rate for non-food items. In this configuration, items have a "Taxable" checkbox. Select this box on those few items that are taxable.

When creating a new store or editing an existing one, a "Mostly taxable items" checkbox is now available. Select this box for new stores that don't carry much food, for example, a hardware store. You may also check and uncheck this box to quickly change the "Taxable" status of all items in the store.

If you use +rShopping List for mostly taxable items, you should only set the "Base Tax Percentage" and not set the "Alternate Tax Percentage". For example, if you live in an area where most items are taxed at the same rate, this is the setup for you. In this configuration, items have a "Tax Free" checkbox. Select this box for any items for which no sales tax should be computed.

Now stores have a "Mostly tax free items" checkbox.
Use this when creating a store that has mostly tax free items in it.
As before, you may check and uncheck this box on existing stores to quickly change the "Tax Free" status of all items in the store.

In some areas, like Virginia, food items are taxed at one rate and non-food items are taxed at another. In this situation, both "Base Tax Percentage" and "Alternate Tax Percentage" must be setup. Set "Base Tax Percentage" to the rate used most often in +rShopping List.

For example, if you have mostly non-food items in +rShopping List, then "Base Tax Percentage" should be set to the non-food tax rate. Set "Alternate Tax Percentage" to the other tax rate employed in your area. With both rates configured, items have an "Alternate Tax" checkbox. When selected, the "Alternate Tax Percentage" is used, otherwise the "Base Tax Percentage" is used to compute the total price of the item.

As before, the checkbox when creating a new store or editing an existing one is customized for this setup. You may check and uncheck the "Alternate Tax Rate for most items" checkbox to quickly change the tax rate used for every item in the store.

+rShopping List supports four different taxation models. Each model changes which checkboxes are available on items and stores. Choosing the right model for you depends on how taxes are computed in your area and how you use +rShopping List most of the time.

Have fun shopping!

Moving +rShopping List to that brand new shiny device

Yes, you can move all your +rShopping List stores, labels, and items to that brand new shiny device. Just use the Backup/Restore to/from USB Storage feature. Basically, it involves a backup on the old device and a restore on the new device. Here are some detailed instructions:

1) On your old device, launch +rShopping List and use the Settings>Backup & Restore>Backup to USB Storage menu. This will create a folder called rShopping and in it there will be a file called rShopping.db as well as images assigned to items, labels and stores.

A word about "USB Storage"
Some Android devices (like Nexus One) have only an external SD Card (removable)  for "USB Storage." Other devices (Like Nexus 7) have only an internal (non-removable) SD Card for "USB Storage." For these two types of devices, there is only one place that the rShopping folder can be. However, many Android devices (like Galaxy S's) have both an internal (non-removable) and external (removable) SD Card. On these devices, rShopping List makes the rShopping folder on whichever medium the Android Operating System tells it to, which isusually the internal (non-removable) SD Card.

2) Connect the old device to a computer and it should show up as a "drive." Here is a little help about this for Windows users: and for Mac users:

Linux users may have a bit more trouble because newer versions of Android only support MTP and this doesn't work so smoothly (yet) in Linux. You are better off going with USB Mass Storage if possible. Some custom ROMS, such as Cyanogenmod support USB Mass Storage mode.

3) Using a file explorer, navigate to the rShopping folder and copy its contents to a safe place on your computer. 'Safely Remove' and disconnect the old device from your computer.
4) On your new device, launch +rShopping List and let it create the default grocery store. Select the Settings>Backup & Restore>Backup to USB Storage menu. This will create the rShopping folder on your new device and store the current (default) grocery store in it.

5) Connect your new device to the computer and it should show up as a "drive."

6) Using a file explorer, copy the contents of the rShopping folder you saved on your computer in step 3 above to the rShopping folder on your new device. This should overwrite the default rShopping.db file with one containing all your items, labels, and stores.

7) 'Safely Remove' and disconnect the new device from your computer.

8) Launch +rShopping List on your new device and use the Settings>Backup & Restore>Restore from USB Storage menu.

Your items, labels, and stores are now on that brand new shiny device. Enjoy!

NOTE: Although this procedure restores your items, labels, and stores, your other preferences, such as tax settings and color preferences are not restored. You must re-configure +rShopping List on your new device just the way you like it.
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