Friday, April 1, 2011

Chess for Android 2.8

I just released version 2.8 of Chess for Android, available from the Android Market or as direct download.

New features include:
  • full PGN support (clipboard import/export, file load/save)
  • improved layout for xlarge screen sizes (api 9 and up)
  • bug fix in draw detection after FEN import
To load a game from a file in PGN format, long press the notation window, select "Load Game from SD", and navigate to the file. This opens another window with the actual games in that file. Then select the desired game. Very large PGN files may take a while to download (or even run out of memory), but the idea is that future versions will be able to navigate quickly between successive games. I have tried to make the PGN parser reasonably robust (it accepts sloppy SAN for instance), but certain non-standard constructs are rejected. Please let me know if you encounter bugs though.