Sunday, June 7, 2015

smurch — now on Google Play

A year ago my brother texted me his buzzer number.  To this day, every single time I visit him, I text him to ask what it is.

That's just dumb,  I should write it down somewhere. But then it's already written down.  The real problem is that scrolling through your SMS history is a pain.

Introducing smurch, now available free on Google Play.

With smurch you can search through any SMS / MMS conversation.  You never have to worry about pestering your brother for his buzzer code again.  Acquaintances will be in equal parts pleased and creeped out that you remember where they live.

Smurch leverages texport's codebase, but instead of saving your conversation to a file (which you can then open in a web browser), it dumps the generated HTML to a webview, allowing you to easily search for any string occurrences.

Friday, April 10, 2015

texport — now on Google Play

A while ago a friend was updating his phone, and in the process somehow killed it. He lost everything.

It got me thinking of the all things I have on my phone that I don’t want to lose.

And what it came down to was conversations. Not so much photos. If a photo is good, chances are I've texted it to someone — and if not, it’s sitting there, nestled somewhere amongst the millions of shots in the DCIM directory, mostly of fingertips and unrecognizable blurs. I don't need those.

So I started looking for an app that would backup my conversations.

I wasn't satisfied with what I found. Nothing quite performed the way I wanted, which was no doubt due to the particularity of what I had in mind.
  • I wanted images included in the backup, but didn't want to deal with a bunch of separate files. 
  • I wanted something better formatted than a delimited text file. 
  • I didn't want the conversation sent anywhere or uploaded, just saved as a file on my phone that I could do with as I wished. 

I didn't find anything like that, so I decided to make it.

Introducing texport, now available on Google Play.
Feature requests welcome.

With texport you can easily export 1-to-1 SMS / MMS conversations to HTML or JSON. Including images.

Without ever leaving your phone, you can backup a conversation, zip it, and attach it to an email.

Things you can do with texport:
  • Save all the MMS images in a conversation. 
  • Create a single, easily-transferable (one way) backup of your conversation. 
  • Create an HTML file which you can open on your computer and search through with the browser’s find function. 

What you can’t do with texport:
  • Export Google Hangouts messages. In most cases these are already logged to Gmail. 
  • Export conversations with multiple recipients/senders. (I haven’t actually tested this, I just assume it won’t work properly, as is.) 
  • Import SMS/MMS messages from a texport file back into your phone 

Example output

Get it here: