Illuminations app ready for android use

The Unitarian Universalist mobile app, Illuminations, is now available for android phones. The app was created last spring and has been available for iPhone, iPads, and the iPod Touch since then. It is free to download from the iTunes App store and the Google Play store. Both sites also include user reviews.

The app provides more than 350 daily inspirational quotes, which can also be used for worship readings and to open and close meetings. The app also lists and describes the Seven Principles of Unitarian Universalism and has five different chalices that can be “lit” and then extinguished by blowing on the phone. Larry Stritof, Information Technology Systems analyst for the UUA and one of the developers of the app, said it has been downloaded more than 3,000 times.

Illuminations works offline and does not require an Internet connection unless the sharing feature is used. More functions will be created for it. More information can be found on the Illuminations Facebook page. Email app.support at uua.org with questions.

 

UUA mobile app now available

The first Unitarian Universalist Association mobile app is now available. Called Illuminations, the app is free from the iTunes App Store online.

Currently the app is only available for iPhones, iPads, and the iPod Touch, but a version of the app for Android phones is expected to be available by June 20. The app provides more than 350 daily inspirational quotes, which can also be used to open and close meetings and for worship readings. The app also lists and describes the Seven Principles of Unitarian Universalism and it has five different chalices which can be “lit” and then extinguished by blowing on the phone.

Larry Stritof, Information Technology Systems analyst for the UUA and one of the developers of the app, said Illuminations works offline and does not require an internet connection unless the sharing feature is used.

He said more functions will likely be developed for it. More information can be found on the Illuminations Facebook page. Email app.support at uua.org with questions.

“I’m hoping to see folks use the app at GA,” said Stritof, “including holding up the lit chalices during witness events.”

UUA website now better on small screens

Having trouble reading the Unitarian Universalist Association’s website on your handheld electronic device? That should be a thing of the past, says Kasey Melski, website manager for the UUA’s Information Technology Services Web Team. On March 19 she announced the launch of a new set of styles that make UUA.org much easier to read on mobile devices.

She notes that the website now comes across on handheld devices with only a single column of text and larger default text size. She notes, “This isn’t a ‘mobile site’ or a ‘mobile app’ with a limited set of features. The approach we used is called ‘responsive design,’ which means the same website is available to both desktop and handheld devices. It now looks better on smaller screens.”

If you notice anything that needs fixing, notify web@uua.org.

Help develop a UU mobile app

There are mobile applications—or “mobile apps”—for a wide range of uses today, from finding out what happened on this day in the Civil War to getting the scoop on when your subway train will actually arrive.

Now there’s an app coming for Unitarian Universalism, and you can help determine what it will do. The UUA will be developing a UU app this summer, and they’d like your suggestions on what it should be.

For ideas, go to the UUA Facebook page and read what others have proposed. Ideas have included using the app to make a weekly meditation available, find the nearest UU congregation while traveling, or to create a news feed for religious news. Not on Facebook? Submit your ideas through the UUA’s website.

Deadline for submissions is June 15. Once the ideas are winnowed, UUs will have an opportunity to indicate their favorites.