Dementia Diary has over 100 different settings to help improve quality of life for both users and carers.
The following sections show all of the settings and how to use them.
These menu settings are accessed by long pressing on the top left of the screen (or the time panel in a manual setup).
Due to the large number of settings available in the app, each set has its own own submenu.
Your device can be configured with a variety of calendars. You can either choose to allow the app to use all of the available calendars on the device, or select a Master Calendar account (enter the calendar email address).
The app will check the calendar account(s) every 10s by default; you can slow this down to reduce the amount of Internet data the app uses.
When an event is used as an alarm, you can choose to allow the app to overwrite the description in the event when the alarm is acknowledged to indicate when the acknowledgment occurred.
The last option allows the user to long press the bottom of the screen (the third event panel) to access the default calendar app on the device.
The user can restrict the number of days and number of events shown on the display.
By default the time of the event is displayed; this can be disabled.
Enabling the alarm notification highlights the next event with a red background during the notification period. If the panel is touched by the user the highlight will be removed, or acknowledged (see Calendar Settings).
During the warning period of the event, the time is removed from the event and replaced with "soon". This can be set to a fixed period of time or set according to the reminder period, identified in the event itself.
The app can be used as a HOME app, i.e. by default the device will try to display the app over any other application or screen.
The user can enable speech such that when the screen is touched, or new events become active, the information displayed is spoken by the device. The voice and language can be selected in Advanced Settings.
The display format configures the default screen to display either digital text only, an analogue clock or a photo. The manual layout settings below can be used to configure all three of these modes simultaneously.
Selecting photos will request access to the device external storage.
A variety of display format options are available: 12/24 hour, uppercase texts, an option to remove the year from the date or configure the date specifically.
For all-day events and banner text a marquee mode can be enabled to scroll large messages across the screen.
The default text for no events can be overridden and the soon option on alarms can be turned off.
There is an option to remove the word "tomorrow" from any event text and provide a visual indicator separating today's events from future events.
12:00 can be replaced with midday or midnight as text if needed.
The text on the top line can be left and right justified to force the two texts apart. There is an option to autosize (best attempt) the text in each of the fields.
The app occupies the full device screen by default. This can be overridden to ensure the navigation bar of the device is always displayed. When in full screen mode, the navigation bar or status bar can be revealed by swiping up from the bottom, or down from the top.
The app is designed to run "always on". The user can choose to display a warning should the power supply fail.
When Manual Settings is selected, the user can fully configure the display content and colours of the screen.
A full colour palette including eight fully user definable colours can be created and used.
The background colour of the screen can be set to any of the palette colours.
Each of the following information labels can be removed or positioned and sized using percentage of screen height and width parameters: Current Time, Today's Date, Day of the Week, Time of Day, All Day Events, Next Event, Second Event and Third Event.
The font type, alignment and size of the above labels can be selected along with the colour of the background and text.
The Image (Photo) can be configured with an optional label to display the filename.
The Clock can be displayed on the screen at the same time as a Photo.
These settings can be reset to the initial defaults.
Allows the user to define five periods of the day (Early Morning, Morning, Afternoon, Evening and Night).
For each period, the user can configure the start hour, the text displayed, the brightness of the screen and the amount of information (All, Time only, Events only, Nothing) displayed.
When moving through midnight the Extend the Night Period option keeps the screen displaying the previous day's day and date until the next time period is reached.
Allows the user to modify the text displayed for any day of the week. For example, change "Monday" to "It is Monday".
These settings will be accessible once an image has been displayed on the screen (either manually or through the Photos mode in Display Options).
[Requires access to Storage permissions on the device]
Select File is used to choose the file to be displayed, either locally or from the Google Drive (if Drive File is selected).
Drive files are only accessible if the Google Drive settings are configured with an appropriate Cloud account.
The user can choose to display the file part-screen (top right), full-screen or anywhere on the screen using the Manual Layout option.
The filename for an image/photo can be displayed. If the filename is touched the image will move to the next picture in the folder where the current image resides. A slideshow option forces this to occur at a user defined Slideshow Rate.
Due to the remote nature of the Drive files, please give the app time to access and download the files requested. This can take tens of seconds or more.
Detailed information on the files used can be found at the bottom of the menu.
Once Skype or Zoom have been installed on the device, the app can be configured to display a small icon in the bottom right corner of the screen that will launch the selected app when touched.
In Skype only, the app will try to call the identified Skype Contact automatically.
Please Note: When the call finishes the Skype/Zoom app will not close automatically and therefore the screen will not return to Dementia Diary until closed manually.
The locale (language and voice) of the app can be changed by entering a supported string. A full list of strings can be found here: https://stackoverflow.com/questions/7973023/what-is-the-list-of-supported-languages-locales-on-android
The user can modify the font sizes, types and screen colours of the default screen if required. These options are now deprecated, replaced with the manual layout feature described above.
The cache size of the app is identified here.
Be careful changing any of these settings as they can require you to reinstall the app.