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Logic Shrinker – Digital Logic Simplifier for Android

I just published my first application on Android Market. “Logic Shrinker” is a little utility that takes a digital logic function and simplifies it using the Quine-McCluskey algorithm. This application actually comes out of my Amiga emulator project – in particular it is part of the logic function generator for the Blitter component. I did not see an App for this on Android or the iPhone, which is the reason I wrote one for Android first. If there is enough interest, I might release one version for the iPhone as well.

In the last couple of weeks I digged a little bit deeper into digital logic and having a portable simplifier has been very useful to me while standing in front of the whiteboard and simulating the Blitter functionality. It also helped me quite a bit in getting a better feel for developing mobile applications.

Logic Shrinker Android

The user interface is quite simple: It is mainly dominated by the truth table and the user can define the output of each row in the truth table. I decided to allow a maximum of 7 input variables, mainly for usability reasons. A push on the “Simplify !” button displays the result of the simplification. I had thought about aresult view that is always visible, but it takes simply too much space on the screen so I went with the output dialog for the first version.

All in all, I am pretty happy with the experience of releasing my first app on Android Market. The release process on Android Market is extremely simple and pleasant: in Eclipse it just requires the developer to export a signed application, and the wizard walks you through the process which results in a signed and aligned file that can be uploaded in the publisher.

One small caveat: When downloading my app from the Market, the installation failed with an “invalid certificate” message. I solved that by deinstalling my test application. The test certificate is probably conflicting with the one for the release version.

PS: As a hint to the fact that the functional core of Logic Shrinker was written for my Amiga emulator, I chose the blue background color of the Amiga Workbench 1.3 for the button panel.

4 Comments

  1. Jan wrote:

    this app looks realy great but i can´t download it from the german market.
    Can you send me the apk file by email?
    Thanks a lot.

    Sunday, January 23, 2011 at 2:14 pm | Permalink
  2. Javier wrote:

    Is this still available on the Android Market? I can’t find it on a Nexus S 2.3.2

    Wednesday, January 26, 2011 at 11:43 pm | Permalink
  3. boxofrats wrote:

    Hm, probably it is because I did not update the description for the app in a while. I did not provide a hires application and a rating.

    I have now added the missing information, please let me know if that works for you. I can see the App on the market.

    Thursday, January 27, 2011 at 12:04 am | Permalink
  4. neG wrote:

    This is excellent! Thanks so much for taking the time to share this with everyone. Very helpful.

    Wednesday, March 30, 2011 at 1:21 am | Permalink

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