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Sunday Sundowns+ // Summer 2021

Last May, I officially joined The Ambient Mafia, so I've been keeping pretty busy on Sundays this year playing for Sunday Sundowns. I'll usually start with a couple of hours of relaxed melodic and …
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By Radley
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September 5, 2021
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Sunday Sundowns // May 2021

This month I officially joined The Ambient Mafia. I’ve been spinning with them for the past few months, but our history goes back much further. We’ve all DJ’d together for a couple of decades …
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By Radley
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May 31, 2021
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Figma grid starter kit for Semplice

I’ve been using the Semplice theme for the last few years for this website. It’s intuitive and isn’t weighed down like most WordPress builders. An unintuitive part of Semplice is the custom grid system. …
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By Radley
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May 22, 2021
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One Pencil! Easy Illustration Exercise Book

Nozomi Kudo (2020) I was looking for a book to walk me through drawing icons and illustrations for my various projects and One Pencil fit the bill. The illustration styles are simple, friendly, and …
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By Radley
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April 30, 2021
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Whiteboards & Stickies: variants remix

Whiteboards & Stickies is the most popular stickies project in the Figma community. The stickies look amazing and are built using auto-layout, but they didn't go so far as to use components, let alone …
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By Radley
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April 20, 2021
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Unison 7

The Ambient Mafia invited me back to play at Unison 7. This time the benefit was for the Asian Pacific Fund, whose mission is to strengthen the Asian and Pacific Islander community in the …
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By Radley
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April 18, 2021
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Raw Mixes ’21 // Spring Sesh

This was my follow-up to my Winter Sesh mix. The tone this time is more positive and energetic, reflecting both the natural spring vibe, but also optimism as we're nearing the end of the …
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By Radley
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April 12, 2021
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Obvious: MVP design

I recently completed the high-fidelity designs for the Obvious MVP (minimally viable product). Most of my time was on finalizing abstract features like timers, multiple journals, and tags. I also had to embrace challenges …
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By Radley
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February 25, 2021
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Raw Mixes ’21 // Winter Sesh

This was my winter livestream on Twitch. The tracks are mostly progressive & melodic house, along with some organic house and indie dance / techno crossovers. I was going for a chill, Sunday afternoon …
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By Radley
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February 23, 2021
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Unison 6

The Ambient Mafia invited me to play at Unison 6. The two-day livestream was a benefit for the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, a non-profit strategy and action center based in Oakland, California. …
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By Radley
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February 14, 2021
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Obvious: wireframe prototyping

I’ve been having a lot of fun building interactive prototypes for Obvious, my activity journal app. Two of my prototypes are guided walkthroughs of the Timer and Journal sections. The third is a heavily-wired …
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By Radley
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January 9, 2021
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Obvious: wireframes

I recently completed my second round of wireframes for my Productivity Log app [update: now named Obvious]. In the first round, the goal was to take the layout of my Mac prototype and translate …
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By Radley
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January 8, 2021
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NYE 2021 // live

I performed a couple of AV livestreams with some friends for NYE 2021. I had a great time putting these together and I hope you enjoy them too.
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By Radley
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January 4, 2021
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DJ Tips: how to set up a Twitch livestream for DJing

This is a quick rundown of how to set up a Twitch livestream for DJing. There's a lot of steps, but they're all quick because most of them are simply checking boxes. It takes …
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By Radley
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December 27, 2020
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DJ Tips: best recording settings in Traktor Pro for mixing mp3s

Traktor Pro is designed for DJs playing high-quality audio formats like AIFF and WAV. So what happens when the rest of us want to mix the 320k mp3s we buy on Beatport? It turns …
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By Radley
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October 23, 2020
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Productivity log: multiplatform wireframes

My productivity app is coming along, albeit slowly. There have been some significant changes behind the scenes which have required some ramp up before I could move forward. This post is mostly a progress …
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By Radley
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October 22, 2020
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Saturday Night Session

I've been doing DJ mix livestreams during COVID, but this is the first one I managed to save on Twitch. The music is melodic house, melodic techno, breakbeat, and deep house. The visuals are …
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By Radley
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October 14, 2020
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A Garden Party // July 2020

A simple, lush, sunset garden set (more…)
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By Radley
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July 20, 2020
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Mix d’Été

My live mix set played Sunday June 7. It's mostly melodic house with some experimental and deeper cuts at the start and in the middle. (more…)
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By Radley
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June 8, 2020
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Raw Mixes // Apr ’20: Progressive House

This is a 3+ hour, Sunday afternoon live stream I did at the beginning of April. Artists include Luttrell, Ben Bohmer, Sam Goku, Rodriguez Jr., Guy J, Sebastien Leger, Tim Green, Sebastian Mullaert, and …
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By Radley
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April 7, 2020
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Raw Mixes // Mar ’20: Melodic House

My first Raw Mix of the year, recorded during my #shelterinplace Facebook live set. It's mostly melodic house with a deep house diversion in the middle. Features tracks by Simon Vuarambon, Luca Bacchetti, Facundo …
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By Radley
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March 22, 2020
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8 useful plug-ins for managing your Sketch Library

Managing a Sketch Library doesn't have to be hard. With the right tools, it can be easy to create, organize, and change your library without breaking your production flow.   This is a list …
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By Radley
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December 13, 2019
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Made in Japan

Awe-inspired graphics from Japan today Viction:ary (2019) I’ve been picking up design books from Kinokuniya in San Francisco for over 20 years, so I’ve naturally become a huge fan of Japanese design. Made in …
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By Radley
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September 18, 2019
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Productivity Log: user types & timers

An early step in UX design methodology is creating user types or personas for your product. For this exercise, I wanted to explore how my app might serve different user types, specifically the timers. …
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By Radley
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September 15, 2019
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Productivity Log v0.2 – alternate prototype

In my last post, I mentioned I had started working on a redesign for my time journal app. My strategy was two-fold: separate the journal into its own window and simplify the entry pane. …
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By Radley
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September 7, 2019
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Teaser: a modern, atomic wireframe kit

I’m working on an atomic wireframe kit. So far, it only covers basic parts for macOS, but when it’s done it should work for cross-platform applications. I tried out several existing wireframe kits but …
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By Radley
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September 3, 2019
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Productivity Log v0.1: a prototype

I’ve been thinking about starting a new project and/or company for the past year. I had an idea gestating for a while and when I learned Startup School was starting, I decided to join …
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By Radley
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August 23, 2019
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How to maximize 5-star ratings for your app

I ran an Android studio for many years. We released four apps including HD Widgets, which ranked as a #1 paid app, had millions of users, and maintained a 4.5+ star rating for years. …
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By Radley
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August 7, 2019
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Android exercise: OMG Star Wars 2.0

I just put the finishing touches on OMG Star Wars, an Android app demo I’ve been working on for the past few weeks. It uses some of the original base layouts but provides a …
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By Radley
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July 26, 2019
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Android development exercise: OMG Star Wars!

I was recently contacted about a Senior Product Design role that is potentially a hybrid design & development role. After meeting with them and discussing my Android background, they asked that I do a …
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By Radley
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July 1, 2019
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Branded Interactions: Creating the Digital Experience

Marco Spies, 2015 (2018 reprint) Branded Interactions is a heavy, comprehensive book that dives into five phases of band-based design: discover, define, design, delivery and distribute. My personal experience is almost entirely in design …
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By Radley
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June 4, 2019
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Cats & Flowers

Please enjoy a springtime mix featuring tracks from All Day I Dream, Shanti Radio Moscow, Tale & Tone, and others. Some deep house, some desert house, and lots of bright bells. (more…)
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By Radley
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May 19, 2019
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Typeface study: web font combos recommended by Stepto & Son

In the process of redesigning my site, I've been brushing up on my web typography skills. I've been following Matej Latin's Better Web Type email list, reading his book, and trying out interesting combos …
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By Radley
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March 8, 2019
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Pencil Me In: The Business Drawing Book for People Who Can’t Draw

Christina Wodtke, 2017 I used to be able to sketch really well in high school and college, but what I really dreamed of was cartooning. Years later I discovered Illustrator. My cartooning dreams came …
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By Radley
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September 10, 2018
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UX development exercise: Android shared element transitions

For a recent exercise, I messed around with shared element transitions in Android. This type transition is useful for selecting an image from one view that will be shown in another. (more…)
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By Radley
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July 31, 2018
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How to use signal processors to protect and elevate your sound system

We all know about different turntables, mixers, and midi controllers for playing music, as well as speakers and amplifiers so our audience can hear it. What's often overlooked, however, is the stuff that goes …
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By Radley
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July 31, 2018

New permalinks

I updated my permalink urls today. Previously my site used /blog/year/post-name, but now it will use /category/post-name. Why the change? A long time ago I decided to hard-code the word "blog" into the site …
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By Radley
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April 23, 2018

Rave history: 20 year old, first Skills event flyers available in San Francisco

I designed rave flyers back in the day using the alias Elemental. I kept a small stack of almost everything I made, figuring I’d do something interesting with them in the future. Well the …
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By Radley
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March 23, 2018
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Illustration 2018

平泉 康児, 2018 Illustration 2018 features 150 illustrators from all over Japan, showing off what they’re doing right now. Just tune out and let the images overwhelm you with all of the talent, color, …
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By Radley
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January 21, 2018
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Asian Typography

Sandu Publishing, 2017 A fascinating look at how designers in Asia stylize their pictographic languages for various markets. It’s a outside look at type design without interference of actual (Latin-based) words, experiencing something between …
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By Radley
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December 4, 2017
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The Life Changing Manga of Tidying Up

Marie Kondo, 2017   If you’re a fan of Marie Kondo’s The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up, there’s now a manga version available. Just as charming as the nonfiction, the book stars Marie …
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By Radley
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October 15, 2017
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Sample DJ mix: Cerebella mixed in MixMeister Studio

I recently released a new DJ mix, Cerebella. Instead of spending hours doing stand-and-record sessions, I successfully used an old DJ app called MixMeister Studio. (more…)
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By Radley
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March 22, 2017
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Cerebella

My first official DJ mix in almost a year, I'm very happy to present Cerebella. (more…)
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By Radley
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March 15, 2017
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Graphic Recording – Live Illustrations for Meetings, Conferences and Workshops

Anna Lena Schiller, 2017 Graphic recording is the rapidly growing practice of visualizing the content of a presentation or meeting by drawing it live with markers and a large sheet of paper. Hand-drawn cartoons …
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By Radley
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February 27, 2017
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App Stats gets a Material makeover

I've been digging into my old Android apps, trying to decide if I should reinvest in bringing them back to life. The general atmosphere for independent developers has been quite bearish for a couple …
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By Radley
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October 31, 2016
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What is a UI Developer?

With both iOS and Android sporting similar apps and features, it's creative design and clever animations that's driving competition between the platforms. Each platform is constantly updating with powerful tools and components to make …
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By Radley
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September 21, 2016
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How to use Adobe Generator in Photoshop to manage Android image resources

I learned a very cool method over the weekend which should make managing image resources for my Android apps much more streamlined. Adobe Generator adds asset organization into Photoshop layers, dramatically simplifies the process …
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By Radley
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September 12, 2016
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Suggestions for new Beatport genres

DJTechTools is reporting that Beatport will finally introduce new genres for their music shopping categories. This is very exciting and I'm very curious what will happen next month. (more…)
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By Radley
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August 23, 2016
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From Design To Design: Masaaki Hiromura

Masaaki Hiromura, 2016 Based on an exhibition of Masaaki Hiromuras personal repertoire as a designer and architect, he addresses questions of whether new designs are of added value, or if such a design is …
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By Radley
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June 24, 2016
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9 Tips for Using Android Styles

Android styles are often overlooked yet they're an extremely powerful way to simplify layouts. Styles boost code legibility, reduce technical debt, and provide design consistency and flexibility. (more…)
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By Radley
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June 23, 2016
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Free to Be Me

I'm stoked to be back to working on advanced media players and UI techniques. I just wrapped up a two year client gig which overlapped and followed several years of heads-down focus on Android …
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By Radley
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June 8, 2016
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Draplin Design Co. – Pretty Much Everything

Aaron James Draplin, 2016 Draplin has reinvigorated American design with a modern aesthetic rooted in classic industrial and cultural themes. It's a very open tour of his design history, including clothing and board design, …
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By Radley
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May 15, 2016
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Lutalica

I spent all winter putting this mix together. It was inspired by the music I heard at Robot Heart at Burning Man 2015. There was a wonderful, reverent mood to the music - but …
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By Radley
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April 11, 2016
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Apex

This is a mix I was working on in 2014. I was experimenting with a lot of wonderful yet distinct sounds which flow well together here, but also pushed the energy around a bit …
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By Radley
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March 11, 2016
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Custom mapping for easy track prep on your Traktor Kontrol S4 MK2

The Kontrol S4 MK2 is by far the best DJ controller I use. It's fast and intuitive and lets me play around without a lot of work. The one issue I face while doing …
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By Radley
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February 16, 2016
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Back on the Track @ Leguna Seca

I returned to Leguna Seca this month for another round with Hooked on Driving. This time I brought along some GoPros and was able to shoot a summary video (in 4K) of a typical …
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By Radley
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December 8, 2015
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Track Day @ Mazda Raceway Leguna Seca

Our first day out on the track with Casey Reed as part of Hooked on Driving. The program is great for allowing drivers of any experience practice driving their car at high speed under …
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By Radley
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November 10, 2015
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Live @ the G-Spot

I was fortunate to get a chance to play at the G-Spot camp this year. They're an old school BM group with serious cred, an open bar, and AMAZING dinners. I wasn't sure what …
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By Radley
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September 5, 2015
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Vanilla Sky

A new progressive techno mix I've been working on. Was definitely inspired because it came together really quickly and I've been listening to it on repeat for days.  It's not your typical progressive techno …
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By Radley
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July 20, 2015

Material Design Cast Icons for the Android Toolbar

[Update: looks like the newest Cast Companion Library uses the new icon now, so just upgrade. If you don't want to update, then you can still use my technique.] Very happy to make these …
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By Radley
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April 9, 2015

Live @ Stargaze XIX (Friday, March 27)

My main floor set for Friday night at Stargaze XIX, a family gathering in Lake Tahoe, Nevada. Was a mostly-planned set, but not play tested so there's some quick shifting towards the end to …
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By Radley
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April 5, 2015

Live @ Stargaze XIX Chill Room (Friday, March 27)

My 3-hour set for Friday night's chill room at Stargaze XIX, Lake Tahoe, NV. The entire mix was unscripted and improvised, with many tracks played for the first time. Took a couple of tracks …
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By Radley
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April 5, 2015

Live @ Stargaze XIX Chill Room – part 1 (Saturday, March 28)

Part 1 of my 3-hour set for Saturday night's chill room at Stargaze XIX, Lake Tahoe, NV. This was my favorite set of the weekend. It was very unplanned and took a little bit …
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By Radley
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April 5, 2015

Live @ Stargaze XIX Chill Room – part 2 (Saturday, March 28)

Part 2 of my 3-hour set for Saturday night's chill room at Stargaze XIX, Lake Tahoe, NV. The main floor was wrapping up but people were still up to party. Following their cue, I …
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By Radley
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April 5, 2015
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HD Widgets 4.1 w/ new Color Weather Icons pack

We're very happy to announce the release of HD Widgets 4.1 along with our new FREE Color Weather Icons pack, both now available in the Play Store. (more…)
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By Radley
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July 31, 2014
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New theme packs and community for HD Widgets 4, including FREE Kairo and Colourform widget packs

This is a big day for us. We've very happy to declare that HD Widgets 4 is now available to everyone. Now that the rollout is complete, we're moving full throttle with our big …
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By Radley
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May 15, 2014
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Introducing Kairo for HD Widgets

We're very excited to share with you Kairo, our newest theme for HD Widgets. Kairo is super friendly and colorful, combining design themes from iOS, KitKat, and Colourform to create a refreshing new look …
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By Radley
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May 14, 2014
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Introducing HD Widgets 4

HD Widgets 4 is rolling out from the Play Store starting today. There's some good stuff in there: updated UI, more weather information, and new widgets. We actually have more, but there's a catch... …
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By Radley
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May 1, 2014
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HD Widgets 4 beta

HD Widgets 4 is coming! Today we released the HDW 4 beta in our beta community. To participate, simply join the beta group using a Google+ account and follow the instructions. UPDATE: if you're …
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By Radley
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April 22, 2014
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Introducing Cloudskipper 2.0

Our classic music player, Cloudskipper 2.0 is now available in the Play Store. The new app is a massive UI overhaul designed for ICS and later devices with high res screens. The new app …
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By Radley
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March 25, 2014
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Imagine: first five minutes of an Oculus Rift / Tango adventure

Tango is running and synced to your Oculus Rift. You put your head gear on. Everything on the screens is foggy. Shapes are slowly coming into focus... Voices start to drift in: "This is …
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By Radley
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March 15, 2014
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Introducing Dayframe 2.0 w/ Chromecast Photos and Slideshow

We're very happy to introduce Dayframe 2.0, featuring our new interactive Chromecast photo slideshow. We wanted to make something you could touch and feel. so it's not just play and sit back - it's …
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By Radley
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February 6, 2014
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Adrift

My latest ambient mix, using a combination of ambient trance, classical ambient, modern music, and floating, drifting sounds & voices that let you kick back, adrift in sound. (more…)
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By Radley
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January 1, 2014
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How to use the “hidden” Booth Out volume knob on the new Traktor Kontrol S4 MK2

Turns out Native Instrument's new Kontrol S4 MK2 has a hidden gem in the new update: Booth Out! According to the new User Manual, on the back of the S4 MK2 are RCAs for …
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By Radley
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December 19, 2013
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Introducing Dayframe Prime

We're very happy to introduce Dayframe Prime, our upgraded feature set for Dayframe. While Dayframe has some good basic features, the real juice is in Prime. You get many more ways to customize and …
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By Radley
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December 10, 2013
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Digital DJing: Traktor cue points – example mix

Last summer, I shared my method for using Traktor cue points. This time I'm going to show a real-world example of this method by going over the cue points I used in my recent …
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By Radley
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November 17, 2013
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Introducing Dayframe, your fun and powerful new Android photo frame

We're very excited to announce the release of our new app: Dayframe turns your Android device into a powerful photo frame that works with your favorite photo sharing services to provide an ongoing slideshow …
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By Radley
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November 10, 2013
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New Dayframe beta now available

Big news everyone! Dayframe is now available as a beta in our new Dayframe Beta community. If you want an early peek and want to help us track down any last-minute bugs or mistakes …
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By Radley
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November 4, 2013
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Cloudskipper 2.0b available through new Google+ community

For everyone who's been asking for a direct download of the in-progress version of Cloudskipper 2.0, we've very happy to announce Cloudskipper 2.0 beta is available in our new Google+ community. The beta requires Android …
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By Radley
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November 1, 2013
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App Stats gets a nice UI update

App Stats got a fresh UI update today. It's much cleaner and more minimal. We removed the card-based lists, but kept the cards in the details screens. The text is much lighter throughout. We …
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By Radley
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October 7, 2013
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The Titan Festival

I had this idea floating around from when I was doing the Tronic & Treena stuff for the bay area rave scene. (more…)
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By Radley
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September 27, 2013
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A case for XXHDPI and UHDPI Android resources

I'm hoping to reverse a couple of choices made by the Android Dev Team concerning image resources. The first is the suggestion that XHDPI is good enough for most use cases so XXHDPI resources aren't …
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By Radley
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September 15, 2013
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Quantum Funk

This is a popular 110 / electro funk set I was doing this summer. Lots of heavy funk 110 BPM tracks from dubstep, drum & bass, glitch hop, and electro pop producers. I spent …
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By Radley
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September 5, 2013
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Sneak peak: Cloudskipper 2.0

While the cats away, the mice will play... and so we did. While part of the team was off at Burningman the rest of us gave Cloudskipper a long-needed refresh. Shown here today is …
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By Radley
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September 4, 2013
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Digital DJing: The Countdown Method for Traktor cue points

Traktor's cue points are a handy way for DJs to jump around and keep track of different events within a track. For example, the guys at DJ Tech Tools use cue points to highlight …
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By Radley
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August 14, 2013
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Sneak peek: Dayframe 1.0

We've been a little quiet on the blog. This is why. We're getting close to a formal release for Dayframe. The new app has been greatly simplified with a massive focus on the "set …
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By Radley
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August 8, 2013
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Introducing App Stats Beta

We have a new app we're now beta testing in the Play Store. App Stats is not our usual fun fare, rather it's a developer / business tool for keeping track of apps in …
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By Radley
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June 4, 2013

Stars

A fun powerhouse EDM mix from 2012 using a few different groupings I'd played during the last few months of the year. EDM was still good during this period - lots of great vocals …
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By Radley
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May 4, 2013
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Digital DJing: harmonic mixing

I've briefly talked about harmonic mixing in previous posts and figured this would be a good time to go into detail. I'll cover apps for detecting and organizing by key, notation systems they use, …
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By Radley
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April 28, 2013
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Introducing Colourform: the new widget pack for HD Widgets

At long last, we're very happy to announce the release of Colourform for HD Widgets. Colourform features over 50 colorful new Jellybean / 4.2 style widgets for Android phones and tablets. This light-weight pack …
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By Radley
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April 2, 2013
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Digital DJing: Traktor prep mixes

So far my posts have all been about getting your tracks ready for mixing but not actually mixing anything. This time you finally get to mix! Of course you'll still be doing prep-work throughout …
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By Radley
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March 31, 2013
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Digital DJing: my Traktor settings

I'll be talking about Traktor in my next few posts, so now is a good time to list my current settings so you can keep up. My settings are different that those you'll find …
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By Radley
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March 24, 2013
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Digital DJing: using iTunes 10 (not iTunes 11) to organize your collection

There's a few apps DJs can use for organizing tracks. Traktor's collections view now allows DJs to sort by key, while Mixed in Key recently added energy level to their player. But the common denominator, …
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By Radley
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March 11, 2013
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Sometimes a switch isn’t a switch… Introducing indicators & quick settings

A lot has changed on Android in the last couple of years. When we first started HD Widgets, toggle switches were very common and we could all do a lot of things with them. …
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By Radley
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March 8, 2013
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White

Kenya Hara, 2009 "White" is not a book about colors. It is rather Kenya Haras attempt to explore the essence of "white", which he sees as being closely related to the origin of Japanese …
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By Radley
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March 1, 2013
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15 quirky Android XML layout parameters to know

After working on Android widgets for the last two years I've learned a lot about limitations, inconsistencies, and ghostly parameters in Android XML layout files. Some parameters are simply "overly clever" so I'll offer …
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By Radley
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February 4, 2013
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Digital DJing: Acquisition – batch processing new tracks into your library

I follow a lot of genres so I end up buying a TON of music on Beatport: last year ~50GB. It's a lot of music to keep track of so I need to be …
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By Radley
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February 3, 2013
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Introducing HD Widgets 3.8 and the new Colourform Test theme pack

It's real! Very happy to offer a hands-on preview of our first widget theme pack, Colourform, along with an obviously necessary to make it work update to HD Widgets! (more…)
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By Radley
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January 31, 2013
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HD Widgets 3.7 – featuring 15 new lock screen widgets for phones and tablets

We just released HD Widgets 3.7 in the Play Store with new widgets made for Android 4.2 lock screens. We added a mix of clocks and "side widgets" options depending on which kind of …
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By Radley
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November 16, 2012
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Colourform widgets: wireframe previews

We're working on two theme packs: Large Text and Colourform. Both will use the same design style and components. Colourform is a lot of work so it's going to be our first paid widget …
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By Radley
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November 1, 2012
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Introducing HD Widgets 3.5 – more widgets, new sizes, local time & more

We're very happy to announce the release of HD Widgets 3.5. This free update features a massive refresh of the Glass Gems widgets and gets us one step closer to the new widget packs. …
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By Radley
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November 1, 2012

Plateau

My first big floor EDM mix release, way back in 2012 when everything was just taking off. There's a lot of names here, but these early tracks show why these guys all became stars. …
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By Radley
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October 25, 2012
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Updated cloud.tv website

We've been heads down on HD Widgets and Dayframe for most of the year so we haven't paid a lot of attention to our site. I've been searching for a decent responsive layout theme …
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By Radley
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September 15, 2012
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Getting Started with Dayframe

It may not be obvious, but Dayframe has the potential to be the one of the most used app of all time. The whole purpose of Dayframe is to be an easy to use, …
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By Radley
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September 6, 2012
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Why is it called Dayframe?

We've very happy to announce that a preview of our new app, Dayframe, is now available in the Play Store. DayFrame is the future of the desktop. It uses voice and touch to look …
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By Radley
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September 6, 2012
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Sneak peek of our next app: DayFrame

So this is DayFrame... It's a dock app with photostreams and more. We have a lot more to work on but the basics are in place now. We just shared it for the first …
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By Radley
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August 31, 2012
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Design Teaser: the evolution of Dayframe’s icon

We're getting close to releasing a public alpha of our next app so it's time for a teaser. We're very excited about the new app. There's a lot of work we still need to …
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By Radley
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August 24, 2012
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HD Widgets 3.1 Released

We just pushed out a small update for HD Widgets. This update should take care of most of the bugs leftover from the initial 3.0 launch along with a few design tweaks. We're finally …
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By Radley
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August 21, 2012

HD Widgets 3.0 Hands-on Video

We gotta hand it to the folks over at Android Community - they went above and beyond for our launch and made an HD Widgets 3.0 hands-on video. It was a day-one product and …
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By Radley
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June 21, 2012
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Introducing HD Widgets 3.0

We just released the next major update of HD Widgets. We're really happy with this one. We've done a lot to improve the experience & make it more fun and easy to use. There's …
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By Radley
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June 7, 2012
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Introducing Glass Gems (HD Widgets 3.0 sneak)

We're just over two weeks away from releasing HD Widgets 3.0 and thought we'd show off another teaser. Our Standard widgets were pretty good, but we were able to take another pass at them …
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By Radley
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May 23, 2012
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HD Widgets 3.0 sneak peak & production video

We've been hard at work on the next version of HD Widgets. This one is a major revision - we've rebuilt everything to make it cleaner, faster, and more flexible. Whereas the first two …
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By Radley
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May 2, 2012
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Quick guide to the new app widget padding/margins in ICS / Android 4.0+ (backwards-compatibility & new issues)

For those who don't know, Mike & I make a popular widget app for Android called HD Widgets. We've spent a lot of time resolving for Android UI fragmentation and have been mostly successful. …
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By Radley
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April 14, 2012
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I fixed the file names for Google’s ICS Android Design Icons (free download)

(Update 9/2012) Good news! They're fixed! You don't need my pack anymore =) Google recently introduced the Android Design site for 4.0 / ICS offering tips and resources for making apps that look and …
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By Radley
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March 28, 2012
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HD Widgets 2.5 released

All of our users are going to notice a new HD Widgets update this week. This is a required update to migrate our users over to a new data connections for one of our …
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By Radley
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March 19, 2012
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Cloudskipper 1.9 released w/ new widgets

This week Cloudskipper got a decent update: we've added new widget sizes and took care of some stability issues relating to ICS. We're still tied up with HD Widgets and getting the new themes …
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By Radley
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March 7, 2012
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New switches for HD Widgets

Been a busy new year for us. We've been hard at work behind the scenes and a lot of new stuff is going to be appearing over the next few weeks. The newest release …
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By Radley
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February 29, 2012

OH S88T WE’RE ALL F88KED (Live @ Stargaze 18)

This is a live mix from a small party with friends in Tahoe in February 2012. My mission was to attract a bunch of trance heads to dubstep (it worked!) The first 30 min …
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By Radley
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February 25, 2012

Hushabye

Can you sleep to this? Maybe not the first time. But it will have a warm feeling of someone close to you playing softly as you drift off. A sleeper's mix is a special …
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By Radley
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January 1, 2012

Hushabye (sleepless mix)

How do I describe this mix? The was the companion mix to Hushabye, a mix for dreaming and falling asleep. This sleepless mix was all the amazing, pink elephant tracks that feel all dreamy …
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By Radley
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December 30, 2011
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Cloudskipper gets better album art and a crazy week for HD Widgets

First off, we're really happy to push out an update for Cloudskipper. This one focused on improving album artwork throughout the app. We're now pulling direct from each mp3 as it's played (as we …
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By Radley
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December 23, 2011
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HD Widgets featured in the Android Market

We've been really busy the last few days so we didn't have a chance to mention that HD Widgets was featured in the Android Market starting last week. We actually got added on Thanksgiving …
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By Radley
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December 6, 2011

Hijinx

I was actually making this mix at a time when the streets were in the kind of chaos only Oakland can provide (thus the title and album art). I'm a bit too old to …
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By Radley
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November 20, 2011
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HD Widgets 2.0 now available for phones & Honeycomb tablets (including 7″ tablets)

We're pleased to announce the release of HD Widgets 2.0. HD Widgets 2.0 is a universal app for Android phones and Honeycomb tablets, and is the first to offer 7" tablet size widgets (6x2, …
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By Radley
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November 10, 2011

Device pr0n (aka We’re using a lot of Android devices to create & test our apps)

We were inspired by this shot of HD Widgets by Android Central and thought it might be good to show off a little device pr0n of our own. You see, we use a lot …
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By Radley
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November 10, 2011

HD Widgets 2.0 press round up

Our HD Widgets 2.0 launch is going great and we're already getting lots of press. Time for a round up! Big thanks to all of the blogs, writers and everyone who's downloading. Your support …
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By Radley
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November 1, 2011
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Happy dance: 500k Cloudskipper installs =)

Oh yeah... 500k. Half-million. 500,000 Cloudskipper installs. Wooooot! We're pretty happy today. When we started Cloudskipper this year, we set a goal - can we hit 500k installs by fall? It was a big …
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By Radley
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October 27, 2011
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Rollerskate

Very happy to release a new mix this weekend. Rollerskate is a nu-disco, house mix with a faux 70s /80s house vibe. I've been working on this since spring, expecting that it would be …
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By Radley
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October 2, 2011
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Pastiche

This is a mix I've been working on for a while. It has a big deep buildup for the first few songs and then just lets loose. My working title was "Super Shuffle" because …
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By Radley
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September 6, 2011
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HD Widgets now featured in Android Market

Very excited! Today HD Widgets was added to the Featured Tablet Apps section of the Android Market. This will be a big boost for us. The big benefit for you guys is that we …
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By Radley
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September 2, 2011

HD Widgets: press round-up

We got a lot of press for HD Widgets yesterday, making our launch far more successful that we expected. Big thanks to the tech bloggers and everyone who took a look, especially the downloaders …
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By Radley
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August 26, 2011
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My latest project: HD Widgets for Honeycomb tablets

Mike and I are launching a new app this week: HD Widgets. This is our first paid app, following up on Cloudskipper, our free music player which has skyrocketed to over 425k installs in …
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By Radley
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August 23, 2011
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HD Widgets (release candidate) in private beta

We just pushed out a major update of HD Widgets (our upcoming Android app for tablets) to our private test pilot group. They'll be tinkering with it for a day or so. Provided everything looks …
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By Radley
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August 17, 2011
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Cloudskipper 1.6 released: EQ and making room for more…

We just pushed the next big update for Cloudskipper. What's new? EQ, Bass Boost, Reverb, & Virtualizer for Android 2.3+ placed a search button in empty control bar slot rearranged the audio player layout better …
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By Radley
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July 25, 2011
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Cloudskipper 250,000+ downloads : Awkward Zone Defeated!

We debated if we should post this milestone because Cloudskipper grew so fast and it was pretty much out of our hands... but it turns out 250k downloads is actually a major Android app …
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By Radley
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July 8, 2011

Cloudskipper 1.5 released : library editing, big artwork, and no more “glowing pants”…

Very excited to be releasing a big update today, and a day early at that! Cloudskipper 1.5 adds some of the most requested features we're received. The biggest change is the ability to edit your …
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By Radley
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July 7, 2011

Cloudskipper 100k installs: level up!

Seems like it was only last week we were at 10k ... Oh wait, we were. Whoa. K, yeah that's a little cheeky, but it's true. We launched Cloudskipper 60 days ago. It took …
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By Radley
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June 29, 2011

Cloudskipper update and other news…

We just pushed out a small update. The new feature is basically an updates notification addition. We see a lot of errors coming from old versions of the app and want to make it …
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By Radley
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June 27, 2011

What a difference a day makes…

What a day. It looks like we more-than doubled our install base in one day. What happened? We were *FEATURED* on the front page of the Android marketplace: Very happy so many people decided …
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By Radley
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June 24, 2011

Cloudskipper 10k+ installs!

Cloudskipper is out of the highchair and sitting at the kids table. Our app is now in the 10k - 50k category. (Next jump will probably take a little while...) Thnx everyone! Don't forget to …
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By Radley
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June 20, 2011

Cloudskipper 5k+ installs: Level Up!

We just hit another market milestone this weekend: 5k+ Cloudskipper installs! From a user standpoint that's probably no big deal. But for us, we're pretty surprised that it happened so quickly. It took us …
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By Radley
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June 5, 2011
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Cloudskipper v1.1 update – new camera shortcut in lock screen & better Recently Added list

We're still working on Mixes and have to take a diversion for the next week for something else, so we decided to put out an easy but useful update this week. The big new …
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By Radley
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June 1, 2011
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Cloudskipper 1.0 released

Skype *high fives* happening over here: we just released the 1.0 version of Cloudskipper. For you guys that's not a big deal, but for us it's rather galactic. We've been working on Cloudskipper for …
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By Radley
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May 23, 2011
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1000+ Cloudskipper installs, v0.9 now available

Big milestone for us - we just crossed 1000 total downloads today. That's a lot for us considering it's been almost entirely word of mouth. The only promotion so far was a 2x2 flyer …
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By Radley
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May 18, 2011

A simple guide to 9-patch for Android UI

While I was working on my first Android app, I found 9-patch (aka 9.png) to be confusing and poorly documented. After a little while, I finally picked up on how it works and decided …
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By Radley
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May 18, 2011

Cloudskipper 0.8.5 now up

We've had a busy week and posted a few more small updates to Cloudskipper. At the moment we're working on an advanced queue feature we're calling "Mixes" - basically add tracks at any time …
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By Radley
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May 4, 2011

Cloudskipper 0.8 now available!

Yeah, that was kind of quick but we added some necessary features and gave the slidey navigation a major overhaul. Here's the changes: - can send feedback (via options menu) - smarter artist nav …
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By Radley
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April 28, 2011
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New cloud.tv site is up!

Very excited to announce that the new cloud.tv site (a page actually) is finally up. Not a big deal to you, our readers, because you didn't even know it was there, but for us …
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By Radley
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April 27, 2011
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Get social with Cloudskipper 0.7 beta 3

The next version of Cloudskipper is now out and has an awesome new feature: sharing! This isn't just your run in the mill "post to facebook" sharing, we've spent a lot time trying to …
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By Radley
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April 22, 2011
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UI/UX evolution: Cloudskipper on Android

With the release of Cloudskipper coming up next week, I thought this might be a good time to show off some UI pron. Great UI/UX takes time and many iterations, so for UI/UX geeks …
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By Radley
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April 13, 2011
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Cloudskipper 0.6.2 (beta 2)

We pushed out the second beta for Cloudskipper today. The theme for this release is "easy": easier navigation, easier to view, and easier to use. This is a major update with almost a complete rewrite of …
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By Radley
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April 11, 2011
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Weekend Project: vj.tv leanback player

Following up on my Wallflower project, I spent a few hours this past weekend creating a basic leanback player for vj.tv. You can watch on your desktop computer but it looks best when it’s hooked …
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By Radley
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April 4, 2011

Cloudskipper Music Player for Android – now in private beta

We just pushed out the email to a small group to start testing the Cloudskipper Music Player for Android. We figure it will take a few more weeks to add necessary features for general …
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By Radley
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March 25, 2011

Last One Up

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By Radley
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January 12, 2011

New year, new direction…

After taking a break to catch up with our personal lives, we're now back into project development. The current iteration of Cloudskipper is going to change radically. Rather than refactor everything and then release,  …
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By Radley
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January 12, 2011
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Wallflower – visual art for your HDTV

Imagine you HDTV as a canvas hanging in a fine art museum, modern gallery, or hipster joint. What would it show? Wallflower is a continuous playlist of visual art for your HDTV. Simply turn it …
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By Radley
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December 22, 2010
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Multiscreen development means multiple screens, not all-in-one

As most of us know, Adobe is working feverishly on AIR to make it easier for developers to create multiscreen applications that run on various devices and platforms. Unfortunately, the term multiscreen is confusing …
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By Radley
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December 5, 2010
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Weekend project: Hero-based documents browser for Android

I wanted to build a music player for Android, but before I could start I realized that I had no idea where the music files were stored on the device, let alone how to …
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By Radley
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November 14, 2010
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New vj.tv website featuring HD videos

Going on it’s third layout, the new vj.tv website focusses on presenting HD video in a LARGE format. The previous site design and layout (done in 2008) allowed for large 640px wide videos, which was …
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By Radley
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November 4, 2010
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Big Sur

This was a mix I put together last summer after a weekend long party in Big Sur. I was a little out of place among the minimalism and dubstep kids, but they warmed up …
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By Radley
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November 2, 2010
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The Time of Legends

Over the summer I've been thinking more and more about house music. It's one genre I've never played, mostly because I don't have the patience for it - I usually prefer something more energetic …
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By Radley
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October 4, 2010

Glittergasm

Very happy to share a new mix with everyone. Glittergasm is a collection of the most glittery blissful chill music and artists I've gathered over the years. Despite the title, this mix isn't meant …
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By Radley
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July 28, 2010

Introducing Cloud TV, Inc.

Over the past few weeks we've release two big Cloudskipper updates that have dramatically improved the UI by featuring a new preview panel for the home and user pages. This layout matches the original …
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By Radley
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March 31, 2010
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Cloudskipper v0.4 (dev)

Very happy to announce the latest update to Cloudskipper. Naturally we have a lot more we wanted to do, but we had to cut it off somewhere. In particular there's a couple of major …
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By Radley
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February 19, 2010

Hamsters Hoovers and Toy Pianos

Happy to announce I just finished up a new 90+ minute old school mix full of the great sounds of early techno and UK hardcore ('91 - '94). For those that need an explanation, …
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By Radley
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January 15, 2010

Sunday Old School

It all started with Sonz Of A Loop Da Loop Era - "Higher" - a super tongue-in-cheek track with a great sample "And I was so high off the ground that I could see …
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By Radley
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October 29, 2009

My Quick Guide to LA for MAX Attendees

I really miss LA... great food, beautiful beaches, and lots of amazing music and culture. It's impossible to make a list of "the best of everything" because there's so much and everyone has their …
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By Radley
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October 2, 2009

Tribute to Larry Levan – Disco Mix

A selection of disco & 80s produced by Larry Levan (more…)
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By Radley
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October 1, 2009

Tribute to Larry Levan – Funk Mix

A selection of disco & funk (mostly) produced by Larry Levan. (more…)
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By Radley
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September 24, 2009

Flash on Twitter – 100+ essential people & topics

This is a list of some of the most influential and interesting sources on Twitter. It's somewhat California-centric, but includes major Flash events, evangelists, and pros from around the world. It's not absolute nor complete. …
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By Radley
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July 21, 2009

Flash Augmented Reality via FLARManager

(createdigitalmotion.com) Reader Eric Socolofsky writes to share a framework he’s created that makes it much easier to work with the Flash-based, open source FLARToolkit, called FLARManager. Version 0.4 is just released: http://words.transmote.com/wp/20090618/flarmanager-v04/ FLARManager has a …
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By Radley
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July 6, 2009

Pitch Shift in Flash

Lee Brimelow and Andre Michelle got together this week to actually do something we've only hypothesized about: enabling pitch-shift in Flash. We talked about it - they did it. I'm completely in awe... THANK …
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By Radley
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July 2, 2009

Schematic's Flash / Flex Multi-Touch Wall

Behind the scenes of the Schematic multi-touch wall from Serge Jespers on Vimeo. (webkitchen.be) Microsoft has (rightfully) gotten a lot of attention with their Surface multi-touch table. Schematic has now raised the bar. In …
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By Radley
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July 2, 2009

Cloudskipper 0.2 dev released

Moving right along - we're happy to present the 0.2 release of Cloudskipper. The two important new features are Vimeo and Netflix, as well as shuffle and loop playback modes. We've added basic user …
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By Radley
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June 9, 2009
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Cloudskipper 0.1 dev released

Very happy to get Cloudskipper out this evening. No public info, but above is a screen peak. You'll note that we managed to get Hulu in during the last few days, making the app …
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By Radley
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May 29, 2009

Cloudskipper v0.1 – out next week to a select group of friends

We've been working *very* hard on getting together a first release of Cloudskipper. So far we've integrated iTunes, YouTube, and SoundCloud, and we hope to have some useful Hulu functionality before this goes out. …
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By Radley
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May 19, 2009
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Birdshot – Twitter posts without distraction

We're pleased to announce that our first app is out for private alpha review. Birdshot is a simple AIR desktop app for managing and posting to multiple Twitter accounts. The idea came about from …
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By Radley
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April 8, 2009

Now a Co-Manager for SilvaFUG North

As I've stated in the past, I've ranted far too much on my blog about Adobe and felt it was time to step up and be part of the solution. I've volunteered to be …
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By Radley
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April 8, 2009

Swift3D Plug-in for Photoshop

Electric Rain has upgraded their Swift3D plugin for Photoshop to streamline processes and take advantage of Adobe Configurator. For those who may be having a huh? moment - Swift3D is an old school, powerful, …
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By Radley
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March 31, 2009

On Closing Mixwit…

Mixwit was a lot of fun for Mike & me to develop and in the end we are both really happy with the results. Way back in the summer we realized that we may …
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By Radley
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December 28, 2008