Welcome. Thanks for your interest in the Hex Map and Hex Map Pro apps. I hope that they are intuitive and stable enough to require almost no “support,” but I’m also a realist. I am in the process of creating some how-to/demo videos that will be much better than any long-winded explanations I can provide as text, but they aren’t ready yet. The most important tip I have is to “just ask” if you have a question. If you post a comment or question here, I am notified and I will follow up.
My first suggestion is to just play around. The only complex part is the Hex Map Pro option to import your own background image. If you’re new to the app, skip that for now and come back it it. Start a new map with the default/standard background and poke around. At the bottom of the screen is a little strip that I call the control panel strip. It has 3 tabs that determine what controls are displayed (Board; Drawing; and Action). The Board controls are about the initial set up of the board, including the background pattern/color and whether you want a hex or square grid or neither. The Drawing tab hides the game tokens and let’s you color in any of the hexes/squares. Tap a color to select the current color (or “C” to erase); double-tab to change on of the colors in the palette. The Action tab is all about the tokens and using the board. Once you add a token to the board (with the add button on the Action tab or just by double-tapping on the board), it will bring up the “token control panel.” This is where you change the shape, size, color, orientation of token or the text associated with it. The one button that people find confusing is the “Set Default” button. Tap this to make the next new token exactly like the current one. It’s analogous to the “copy” part of “copy and paste.” To move a token touch it and drag it around. To bring a token to the “top,” tap it. This is only relevant when tokens overlap. To move the board touch anywhere on the board and drag it around. To zoom in or out, pinch in or out with two fingers. You may find that the board refreshes slowly if you zoom too far out. Unfortunately, all I can say is “so don’t do that.” I’m always working to make the app more efficient and work better, but that doesn’t do you any good at the time when you’re using the app. To close either the control panel strip or the token control panel, tap the close “x” or swipe to the side. To re-open the control panel strip, swipe the other direction or tap the “>”. To re-open the token control panel, double-tap on the token you want to adjust. When you are done with a particular board, tap the home icon on the left side of the control panel strip and you’ll be back to the home screen.
The Home page
See the home pages for the two versions of the app? Except for the iPad version having giant pretty buttons and that weird thing at the bottom, they are essentially the same. The first and second buttons take you to an existing board. The third takes you to the background-import page (more on that later). The fourth button is how you create a new board. In either case you have to decide whether you want the standard board or if you want to use a background image you’ve already imported. On the iPad you decide before you tap the button by scrolling the thing at the bottom–let’s call it the background image scrolly selector thing. On the iPhone (or iPod touch) you are prompted after you tap the button. The iPad “pick first” thing might throw you off the first few times, but I hope it’s not too confusing once you understand how it works.