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Iuvo for Android

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Description

Iuvo (pronounced “yoo-voh”, Latin for “help”) is a free, beautiful, and informative-yet-simple app that aims to help college students track the progress of their degree plan and ultimately, their college career. Based on a conceptual final project, Iuvo was designed and created from the ground up by myself. Made by a college student FOR college students. With Iuvo, students can now enter their data from their degree plan and transcript into a single app and be informed with interesting data about the progress of their college career. Data such as overall GPA, GPA with transfer credit, degree plan completion, courses completed, hours completed, and grade distribution are all readily available and helps give insight to how well a student is doing in their classes. Iuvo aims to stand out when compared to other GPA calculators and similar apps. The design is bold and unique while the interface strives to be as simple as possible so that first-time users feel right at home when starting to use Iuvo. Iuvo is now available for devices running Android 4.0 or higher on the Google Play Store.

Features

  • Attractive design and simple user interface.
  • Flexible degree plan system: Just about any degree plan can work with Iuvo.
  • View your GPA, degree plan completion, and grade distribution.
  • Organize your courses with groups in order to better match the structure of your degree plan.
  • Keep track of your courses and color code them with semesters.
  • Hide courses that you have taken from your degree plan.
  • Exclude courses (such as transfer credit) from your GPA calculation.
  • Backup your degree plan database to your SD card.
  • Restore your degree plan using a database from your SD card.

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How Iuvo Came To Be: A Simple Idea

During my early years of college, I would manage my classes by writing on a copy of my degree plan. It often became messy over time and I would have to keep scratching out entries or write over them whenever I changed classes. I eventually put my degree plan in a spreadsheet and color-coded the classes by semester, which was great.

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Iuvo. Created with love from the guys in Team 18.

For a recent final project, my team and I came up with the idea to create a web application based on that very spreadsheet. The goal was to make a “degree plan tracker”. After about three weeks of planning and initial setup, we coded for about one week to create Iuvo. The project was a big success… for a school project, that is. In fact, I’m proud enough to boast that it was one of the best looking submissions for the class, but as far as a real-world application went, it was nowhere near close to being good.

For what it was worth, our project did track the progress of a degree plan, but the implementation wasn’t practical enough to be used by anyone. During the planning stages, my team saw things differently than I did. When working on a time budget with a team, it’s important to work efficiently and effectively. I felt it was best to follow their philosophy. As a result, the final product ended up being nothing like my spreadsheet.

Though it’s not really the next big idea, I felt that the idea of a degree plan tracker for everyone to use still needed to be done. The mobile platform seemed to be the best place to start considering that practically every college student has a cellphone. I scoured the Google Play StoreĀ and found plenty of GPA calculators, schedulers, etc. that pretty much did their job, but they didn’t exactly explain much to you about the progress of your entire college career. I wanted to Iuvo to be as simple and informative as possible. The most important part was to make it follow the core philosophy of my spreadsheet, which was the easiest way that I could visualize the progress of what I’ve achieved academically throughout my time in college.

I spent three weeks designing, coding, and testing Iuvo before publishing it to the Play Store. Initial feedback was very positive and people made many suggestions for things that they would like to see in the app. I spent two weeks fulfilling these requests to the best of my abilities. At this point, I consider Iuvo to be complete and it will be maintained regularly.

A simple idea, turned into a nice reality. I couldn’t be happier. :)

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Check out Iuvo on the Google Play Store!

Version History

Version 1.3.5

  • Fixed some minor bugs.
  • New design changes:
    • Simpler and easier to read font.
    • Degree plan structure slightly compressed, resulting in less scrolling.
    • Removed profile info; isn’t used for anything.
    • ‘Me’ tab updated to display more info.
    • Improvements to add semester and course pages.
    • Scrollbars enabled.

Version 1.3

  • Fixed a few display issues on lower resolution screens.
  • Improved course add/edit layout.
  • Updated help information.
  • Some minor bug fixes.

Version 1.2.1 / 1.2.2

  • Iuvo is now available worldwide!
  • Users can now adjust the GPA point scale.
  • Version 1.2.2 fixes the instant crash in 1.2.1. The problem was with the way ADT compiled the .apk.

Version 1.2

  • Tweaks to help improve performance.
  • 9 new semester colors added.
  • Now shows GPA for each of your semesters and groups
  • Now easier to add consecutive courses. Screen no longer closes after adding a course. The grade field is cleared and if the course name is two or more words (e.g. “MATH 151”), then the first word is retained for the next entry. Significantly reduces the time it takes to add 40+ courses.
  • Keyboard now hides when no longer needed when adding a semester or course.
  • Faster scrolling when re-arranging objects.

Version 1.1

  • New ‘Add Semester’ screen featuring:
    • Quick Fill: Helps avoid repetitive typing.
    • Color Preview: Preview a semester color before adding.
  • Can now view courses within a single semester.
  • A new ‘get started’ tutorial displays on the degree plan to help new users get started.
  • Help dialog for certain screens improved to be more informative and helpful.

Version 1.0

  • Initial release.

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