Gather42 is a MTG card Oracle text look-up app, designed specifically for offline use. It will never use the Internet to fetch any information, other than when you choose to update the database.
Just about every piece of information you could want about every MTG card is included in the database: Oracle text, original printed text, all of the official rulings, banned and restricted lists,
and even the triggered ability information.
High quality images are used for all mana symbols in the card display.
The goal set in mind when designing this app was that many other similar types of apps either look up cards on the Internet, or don't include all the information that is available.
Looking up cards one at a time on the Internet can be very slow, depending on where you are with your phone. Sometimes you may not even have a useful Internet connection.
Many other programs only include the basic Oracle text, because they believe that the printed text and all the official rulings would make the database too large, and it would be too difficult to obtain from Gatherer.
This app solves these problems, including 100% of the information on Gatherer, with a database coming in around only a 5.0MB download.
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Option 1: Buy from Google Play for $1.95 to help support the author.
Option 2: Make sure Unknown Sources is checked under Settings, Applications (or under Settings, Security on Android 4.0+).
The current version is v1.2.2 - Download Gather42 directly from here for free (649KB).
Requires Android 1.6 (Donut), 2.1 (Eclair), 2.2 (Froyo), 2.3 (Gingerbread), 3.0 (Honeycomb), 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich), or 4.1 (Jelly Bean).
When the app first runs, it will prompt you to download the card database automatically.
You can check for updates to the database by using the DB Updates menu option.
Search for cards on the main screen. Each word will be matched against the list of cards in the database, and highlighted in the results. If no direct matches are found, a backup closest spelling algorithm will be used to show results.
Cards viewed are stored in the recent list, which can be accessed by clicking on the Recent Cards drawer handle on the bottom of the main screen.
Click on the list of sets and rarities at the bottom of the Oracle or Printed tabs to view the original printed version of various printings.
Supports searching card names from the Global Search, if you enable searching of Gather42.
You can also search by card number or artist name using the option in the menu.
|App Version||Database Version||Date||Changes|
|8||Apr 24, 2013||
Added Duel Decks: Sorin vs. Tibalt and Dragon's Maze to the database (21118 cards).
Updated banned and restricted list with May 3, 2013 changes.
Expanded banned list to include Commander and Pauper.
|v1.2.2||Feb 4, 2013||Small bug fixed when typing certain characters like an asterisk.|
|7||Jan 31, 2013||
Added Gatecrash card rulings data that was just put onto Gatherer today.
Updated banned and restricted list with Feb 1, 2013 changes.
|6||Jan 24, 2013||Added Gatecrash to the database (20882 cards).|
|v1.2.1||Jan 21, 2013||
Added Planeswalker and Chaos symbols.
Minor bug fixes.
|v1.2.0||5||Dec 10, 2012||
Added expansion symbol images for the current card on the Oracle and Printed card information tabs.
Added expansion symbol images to the list of printings at the bottom of the same two tabs.
Added expansion symbol images to all popup selection lists that display a choice of sets.
Added the release date information for the card, on the bottom of the Printed tab.
All selection lists that display a choice of sets are now sorted by the release date information for those sets.
Fixed a display issue involving hybrid mana symbols in some card's mana cost fields.
Improved the display of loyalty abilities.
Added color to the "special" rarity from Time Spiral.
There is now a thicker separation line between the card data and the metadata section on the Oracle and Printed card information tabs.
Added a check for a minimum database version. v1.2.0 requires Database 5 or higher to function correctly.
Added set release dates and rarity symbol images to the database.
|v1.1.0||4||Dec 7, 2012||
Added the ability to search for cards by the card number, or artist name, via a menu option.
Increased visibility of card sections in card view tabs.
Added Commander's Arsenal to the database (20633 cards).
Added card number and artist name indexes to the database.
|3||Sep 28, 2012||Additional changes just added to Gatherer such as all the Rulings data for Return to Ravnica cards are now in the database.|
|2||Sep 26, 2012||
Added Izzet vs. Golgari and Return to Ravnica to the database (20615 cards).
Updated banned and restricted list with Sep 20, 2012 changes.
|v1.0.3||Sep 12, 2012||Improved swipe with better visuals and more consistent operation.|
|v1.0.2||Sep 10, 2012||Added the ability to swipe left and right between the four card information tabs.|
|v1.0.1||Sep 7, 2012||
Set list at bottom of card information displayed one per line now.
Small message will pop up regarding the reason for failure on database download and unpacking.
The app itself is allowed to be installed or moved to the SD card with the options on Android 2.2+
There is a new setting in the app to use the database on the SD card instead of internal memory.
It will be downloaded to the location selected and existing databases will be moved back and forth when you change this option.
|v1.0||1||Sep 6, 2012||
20251 cards, up through Magic 2013 (and From the Vault: Realms).