Feedback on Archaeo-Pad has been great, but as always there are things that are less obvious about how it works. So I’ve put together an FAQ page and some walkthroughs to show you how to use the more complicated facilities and how to create and edit your own form designs.
New Q&A will be added as the queries come in.
Not many people know that any Android App can also be published for use on Amazon Kindle Fire tablets without any modification. So happy to day that Archaeo-Pad is now on Amazon.
For an entry level, low cost tablet the Fire is pretty good – its a little slower than my iPad and Samsung tablets but the cheapest is £50 – so not a bad place to start and they’re also pretty robust.
The Android version had an annoying intermittent bug which meant that forms occasionally didn’t display properly. Following some useful clues from users I’ve tracked the issue down and fixed it. Latest version is now live on Google Play and Amazon.
Android version of Archaeo-Pad-Lite and Archaeo-Pad-Pro now available on Google Play store and Amazon App Store.
App has been tested on a Samsung Galaxy Tablet and Kindle Fire 7 using version 8.0.0 of Android (known as Oreo) – if you have any problems please let me know what device you’re using and what version of Android (see Settings on your phone/tablet to find out).
Finally nailed down the last few bugs and got the App through Apple’s review process – take a look on the App Store for details.
Android version is nearly there, just a few outstanding bugs so watch this space.
See FAQ for known issues and feature requests that other users have made.
It doesn’t seem to matter how carefully you check a program or calculation, or an academic source, somehow errors always seem to creep in. I’m indebted to Alastair Thomson from the University of Reading for spotting that the stature calculations based on Femur Length in Skelly-Pad were wrong. Initially we thought there was just a single error but after poring over the source I used originally and a variety of standard texts it appears that there was systematic error in the Femur table I had used.
I suspect that it was a simple swapping of rows from one table to the other, an easy thing to do when you’re copying lists of numbers. The Skelly-Pad calculations have been fixed (and checked and re-checked) against the table in Human skeletal remains : excavation, analysis, interpretation Ubelaker (1999).
I also took the opportunity to add the calculations for Mexican and Mongoloid males (not sure why there are no females?), new version on Apple and Android now available.
The latest version of Skelly-Pad includes a number of features that have been requested by users in the field, particularly those excavating the numerous cemetries that are found all round the UK. This version is available on iPad, iPhone and Android devices.
New features include;
- Ability to manage large numbers of skeleton using folders, move skeletons between folders, export and import folders, delete folders
- Record Joints and Joint Pathology
- Record Cranial measurements using CRANID measurements and export in CRANID ready format
- New Adult Skeleton format based on the Museum of London recording standards
- Ability to import skeletons from other users archives – see Skeleton Archive for an initial set of data from the Wellcome Osteological database
- Add new values for Ancestry
See Google Play or iTunes App Store to downlaod.