How to Code

Use this mode for coding ie. to create a timeline.

During a coding session, if you choose to answer a telephone call or respond to other notifications, your coding session will automatically be suspended.

iCODA will save your coding and will return you to the Coding Form and current coding session as soon as you terminate your call. You will be returned to the coding session in real time. ie. the timeline will be advanced by the duration of the call.

If you do not wish to be interupted during your coding session, we recommended you to switch your iPhone into the Airplane Mode before starting your coding session.

Switch your iPhone into Airplane Mode before coding.

To activate Airplane Mode tap the Settings icon on your iPhone screen. In the popup Settings view, Airplane Mode is located on the first position. Slide the switch to ON. In this mode your iPhone cannot receive any incoming calls or text messages.

Start a Coding Session 

The Navigation bar in the upper part of the screen allows you to go back to the Form list or switch to the Design mode.

Before you start a coding session all the coding objects on the form are displayed “opaque”.

Code mode awaiting start of coding session (Pic A) and the coding session in progress (Pic B)

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To start a new coding session with the opened Form tap the Start button on the baseline and a timeline will be activated. To code, simply tap the relevant button(s).

A coding session timer will appear at the right hand side on the baseline toolbar and begin recording the elapsed time.

In the center of the Baseline is a lock / unlock button.

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Click this button to lock the position of the code buttons on the Coding Form. This is to prevent the Coding Form from being moved inadvertently during coding when the size of the Form exceeds the size of the screen.

During the coding session you may return to the Design Mode by tapping the Design button in the navigation bar at the top of the screen.

Important: Refer to the Design Mode section of this manual before adding, amending or deleting objects from your Form during a coding session.

Coding History

When you begin coding in Code Mode, a “History” button will appear in the footer bar at the base of the screen. As you are coding, the following coding history will be recorded, saved and available for display and edit.
EDIT Buttons

  • Start and End time of each instance
  • Tag Buttons attached to each Event

To display the Coding History, just tap the History button and a History screen will open with the coding history information relative to the coding file open. This coding history is available to be edited.

The Coding History will be displayed in the chronological order of the Event start times with the most recent Event displayed at the top of the window.

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If a graphic is displayed alongside and to the left of the Event name, this indicates that the Event is still open.

There is a info graphic Screen Shot 2015-02-11 at 9.51.49 am   displayed alongside and to the right of the Event name. Tapping this arrow graphic will rotate a screen which displays the Start and End times of the Event. This display has a “pin-wheel” which can be scrolled to edit the Event start and end times in the Timeline.


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An Event may be deleted from the History by swiping the Event name from right to left and then tapping the Delete button.

NOTE : Caution – This delete function is not reversible Tags attached to an Event may be added and/or deleted.

To Add a Tag, tap the “Add a Tag” bar and select the Tag you wish to add from the list displayed. To delete a Tag, swipe the name of the Tag from right to left and tap the delete button.

Saving your Coding

iCODA has an auto-save feature which will save your .coda file and also the related .xml file. These are updated and saved every 5 seconds.

The file will be saved as the Form Name which you have open for the coding session. If a file already exists with the form name, then the file will be saved and named with the form name followed sequentially by (1) , (2) etc.

You are able to change the name of the saved file by specifying another name when prompted when you stop your coding session.

Stop the coding session


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When your coding has been done (completed), you stop the current coding session by tapping the Stop button on the toolbar. You will be asked to confirm your intention in the dialog sheet which appears by tapping the Stop Coding button.

If you have tapped the Stop button by mistake, you may return to your coding screen by tapping the Coding Form. The coding session timer will still be active until you have confirmed your intention to stop coding.

After confirming the end of the coding session you will be asked to specify an Output File Name to save the created timeline. Saved timelines are stored in the memory.


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Fig A                                                                                                                                                                    Fig  B

At the left hand side of the navigation bar on the screen in which you specify a file name, is a ”Cancel” button. This will take you to the screen illustrated in (B) above. If you select “Remove”, the timeline file will be deleted immediately. This action is irretrievable.

The “Save timeline” button will return you to the screen illustrated in (A) above.

Once a coding session has been stopped, been given a file name and saved; the file will remain on the iCODA device until the Command Centre in CODA downloads it. You are not able to view a list of saved files which are stored in iCODA.

To remove files from iCODA you must use the Command Centre.

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