December 5, 20102 Comments

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 people.

The common misconception is that multiscreen development means "write once, run everywhere", aka the original AIR marketing slogan. That slogan was appropriate when AIR was just desktop apps, but things have dramatically changed in the past year. Multiscreen development now means developing for multiple screens, not all-in-one. Read more

November 14, 2010No Comments

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 actually grab them.

So I took a step back and made something simpler: an Android documents browser.

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February 19, 2010No Comments

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 UI updates that we want to get out and test. Here's a list of changes:

  • New large header display w/ album artwork, artist, title, next track, and source app
  • Clock display with day & date
  • New footer-based controls
  • Reorder-able application tabs
  • M4A and MP4 audio file playback
  • iTunes & internet radio supported (not fully baked, eats memory over long period of time)
  • New horizontal menus for video home and user pages
  • Most improvements are in Vimeo app
  • Larger type/fonts for HDTV display
  • Under the hood adjustments for video playback and screen management
  • App title headers moved to menu
  • Added "dev" to versioning

June 9, 2009No Comments

Cloudskipper 0.2 dev released

cloudskipper 0.2Moving 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 features for Vimeo, allowing people to access all of their public content including clips, appearing in, likes, channels, groups, and contacts' clips and likes. We've also added a couple dozen of the most popular channels and groups to the default menu. Since I have a long history with VJs, I've highlighted several VJ lists as well including a few custom lists I've created on Vimeo specifically for Cloudskipper viewing. Vimeo is especially interesting using the new shuffle and loop settings.

For Netflix, we've only done the basic / public RSS content. Since Netflix is subscription based, We have to implement OAuth before we can provide users with access to their accounts. But once we get oauth done for Netflix, we should be able to port that process over to all other existing services.

This release also includes several bug fixes and interface tweaks. For example, iTunes lists are much easier to sort by album & track number. Video and audio playback area also much more stable.

It's hard to say what else is done because we're already working on 0.3. Lot's of ideas being worked on for that release, but hopefully this release will keep you entertained enough.

May 29, 2009No Comments

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 much more interesting and useful.

We'll be squashing bugs and oddities for the next few days. Thanks to everyone for trying it out!

May 19, 2009No Comments

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

icon128We'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. The idea is to present two music and two video apps all running together in a single interface and to show how contrasting services can work well together.

At the moment we're working out final touches on basic stuff like log-in/log-out for services and connecting each home and user page to the central hubs. I just finished the layouts for SoundCloud and YouTube pages tonight. Earlier today I also created an icon for the app - the little red airplane.

We're showing the app to a few potential investors this week, most of which we consider very understanding since the app is far from ready for criticism.

I don't expect we'll open up the dev to our twitter followers until version 0.3 or later. We're at least a month or two away...

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