01/29/12

FileArchiveHaven – Roadmap for February

Above shows my roadmap (really just a copy of my calendar really).  But it should give you guys an idea of what I’m aiming for and when.  There is a lot of my day-to-day life not planned up above (i.e. seminars and helping other developers) but it should give everyone an idea of what I’m hoping to achieve this month.

Should… be a busy month :)

Ed (306)

01/29/12

My Hard Boiled Egg (for PB)

A while ago, I mentioned I started a Crackberry thread to make some apps that the community requested! Well, the first of 7 is on its way to AppWorld :)

My Hard Boiled Egg

Thank you for previewing this application.

History:
——–
A while ago I submitted a competition on the www.crackberry.com user forums for people to submit ideas!  And in exchange, I would send them a PayPal reward, create their applications, and send them a share of any profits made from it.  This application was suggested by Darlaten and was drafted up for the BlackBerry PlayBook by me as one of the 7 winning applications.

What do I need it for?
———————-
Eggs can be tough to cook right.  They are always undercooked or overcooked, and can be difficult to work with.  My significant other is a vegetarian and I know she relies heavily on cooked eggs for her protien.  So, I drafed up a simple application to make this experience as simple as possible.  This application can help you consistently create great quality eggs with minimal effort.  You just tell it what type of eggs you have, how hard you want the yolk, and off you go!

How do I use it?
—————-
To make customizations to the application:  Swipe down!
To make perfect eggs:  Put on a pot of water and get it boiling rapidly.  Once boiling, drop your eggs in the water and take it off of the hot burner or turn the heat down until it is no longer at a rapid boil.  Set the timer, and go do something fun!  When the timer goes off, its time to move your eggs into an icebath or cold water.

Version History
1.0.0.205
—————–
- Supports
* Medium/Large/ExLarge Eggs
- Set for
* Soft/Medium/Hard Yolk
- Pick your Egg Temp
* Cold/Room Temp/Warm
- Remembers all of your settings
- Offset the timer for different climates
- 2 Alarm SFX
- 6 Backgrounds
- 2 Digital Clock fonts (hand made)
- 14 Tips for making great eggs
- Override System Volume
- Never goes to sleep
- Use your Songs as the Alarm
- The grand-daddy of all egg timers.

FAQ:
—————–
How much work went into this?  Really?
- More than you might think!  If I want to charge for an egg timer application, it better be a good one!  This application uses 6 ActionScript mobile files across 1996 lines of code and took around 30 hours of coding and testing.

How do I access the options?
- Swipe down and play around

What OS’s does it work on?
- Tested on OS 1.0.8 and 2.0 Beta

What if I have a suggestion/bug?
- Contact me at:  support@filearchivehaven.com

  (516)

01/25/12

Secure Browser 1.0.9.53 Released

Expect this release to start trickling out in AppWorld soon!
Version History
1.0.9.53 Features:
—————–
* Text Reflow added (Thanks HaTaX!)
* Stopping between tabs wasnt fixed, now it is
* More options
* Added logging options on Advanced tab
* Misc bug-fixes (smaller)

1.0.8.456 Features:
—————–
Several minor fixes.

1.0.8.455 Features:
—————–
* Reworked the failure engine
* Support for opening Local Files (general tab)
* Another new theme (Minecraft)
* New options pages (fancy)
* Many bug fixes (~14)
* Notes Locker renamed Password Locker

1.0.8.170 Features:
—————–
* No stopping betwen tabs
* Another theme (Mario)
* Minor JS Visual Toggle bug

1.0.8.160 Features:
—————–
* Button sizes increased 12.5%
* Start/Stop Button Consolidated
* Added:  Clear Cache / Cookies / Local Storage
* Added:  Notes Locker (for Passwords)
Note: It is on the Favorites Screen
* Several small bug fixes
* Stops PlayBook from Entering Sleep
Note: Not currently toggleable
* 2 New Themes
- Large Text – for people who need it
- Space Theme
* Behind the scenes: Theme support expanded to buttons, fonts and font colours.  Not used yet but will be.

1.0.7.311 Features:
—————–
* Minor bug fix: Portrait thumbnails outline was still in landscape

1.0.7.310 Features:
—————–
* Multitab support
-  Limited to 9 tabs
-  Indicator for Current Tab
-  Blank tab defaults to homepage
-  * Warning, Opening too many new tabs too fast can potentially crash the browser
* Theme Support added
-  Green
-  Blue
-  Diamond
-  Dragon
-  Want to create a theme?  Grab the package from FileArchiveHaven and send them to me in an email
* Pop-Up’s enabled now
* Better Web Inspector information
* Status Bar size increased a bit
* Favorites can have edit toggle
* Added stop button
* About 20 odd bug-fixes

1.0.6.750 Features:
—————–
* More Configurable Options
-  Enable/Disable JavaScript
-  Enable/Disable Cookies
-  Enable/Disable PopUps
* Note: Pop-ups Wont Work until Tabs are Added*
-  Enable/Disable Web Inspector
-  Enable/Disable Pattern Matching
+ Fixed some small bugs
* Smaller Status Bar

1.0.6.650 Features:
—————–
* User Agent Modes:
-  FireFox 5
-  IE 7
-  Chrome 15
-  Safari 5
-  BB9800
-  Android 2.3
-  iPad2 5.0.2
-  Playbook OS1
-  Netscape 9.1
-  Opera 12
-  Konqueror 4.5
* Set default font size
* Set default URL
* Password Protect your Favorites
-  Can be turned off
* Launches faster than Native Browser
* Privacy Mode
* Works through Tether & Bridge
* Validates URLs
* You can ‘google’ from the URL bar
* Strong error trapping
* Prevents access to History

Oh yeah :)

  (704)

01/22/12

Secure Browser 1.0.8 SP2 Submitted

Wow, another busy week and another release to go!

 

I’ve submitted another release for Secure Browser for the PlayBook (1.0.8 SP2).  That means I have 3 versions waiting for test in RIM.  You can view the download (when it is approved) at this link.  I have included the release notes for all three sitting in the test house below to see what you will get when the updates come through.

Secure Browser

Thank you for previewing this browser.

What is it:
———–
Secure Browser is a simplified web-browser that protects your information as the ultimate privacy browser.  This browser does not allow access to browser history, it has privacy modes, and password protects your favorites!  It is the perfect browser for protecting your information and allowing you to change your browser type.  This browser is based on my free Desktop Browser.

** This browser is not intended to replace the stock PlayBook browser, but accompanies it by providing a secure alternative for protecting your information. **

How does the Authentication Work?
———–
Your password is a separate encrypted password from your normal PlayBook password.  You need to authenticate once everytime the browser is launched.  And authentication will remain for the remainder of the user session.  You will not need to re-authenticate until you close and re-open the browser.

Features
—————–
* Multi-tabs (max of 9)

Version History
1.0.8.455 Features:
—————–
* Reworked the failure engine
* Support for opening Local Files (general tab)
* Another new theme (Minecraft)
* New options pages (fancy)
* Many bug fixes (~14)
* Notes Locker renamed Password Locker

1.0.8.170 Features:
—————–
* No stopping betwen tabs
* Another theme (Mario)
* Minor JS Visual Toggle bug

1.0.8.160 Features:
—————–
* Button sizes increased 12.5%
* Start/Stop Button Consolidated
* Added:  Clear Cache / Cookies / Local Storage
* Added:  Notes Locker (for Passwords)
Note: It is on the Favorites Screen
* Several small bug fixes
* Stops PlayBook from Entering Sleep
Note: Not currently toggleable
* 2 New Themes
- Large Text – for people who need it
- Space Theme
* Behind the scenes: Theme support expanded to buttons, fonts and font colours.  Not used yet but will be.

1.0.7.311 Features:
—————–
* Minor bug fix: Portrait thumbnails outline was still in landscape

1.0.7.310 Features:
—————–
* Multitab support
-  Support for 9 tabs (max)
-  Indicator for Current Tab
-  Blank tab defaults to homepage
-  * Warning, Opening too many new tabs too fast can potentially crash the browser
* Theme Support added
-  Green, Blue, Diamond, Dragon themes
* Pop-Up’s enabled now
* Better Web Inspector information
* Status Bar size increased a bit
* Favorites can have edit toggle
* Added stop button
* About 20 odd bug-fixes

1.0.6.750 Features:
—————–
* More Configurable Options
-  Enable/Disable JavaScript
-  Enable/Disable Cookies
-  Enable/Disable PopUps
* Note: Pop-ups Wont Work until Tabs are Added*
-  Enable/Disable Web Inspector
-  Enable/Disable Pattern Matching
+ Fixed some small bugs
* Smaller Status Bar

1.0.6.650 Features:
—————–
* User Agent Modes:
-  FireFox 5
-  IE 7
-  Chrome 15
-  Safari 5
-  BB9800
-  Android 2.3
-  iPad2 5.0.2
-  Playbook OS1
-  Netscape 9.1
-  Opera 12
-  Konqueror 4.5
* Set default font size
* Set default URL
* Password Protect your Favorites
-  Can be turned off
* Launches faster than Native Browser
* Privacy Mode
* Works through Tether & Bridge
* Validates URLs
* You can ‘google’ from the URL bar
* Strong error trapping
* Prevents access to History

How To Request Features:
—————–
Request any features you want in the Reviews, or you can contact me at kermed@gmail.com for help/feature requests.

FAQ:
—————–
What languages did you test on?
- Only English

What OS’s did you test on?
- OS1 and OS2 Compatible

I found a bug!  Where do I report it?
- kermed@gmail.com

My browser is acting strange, what can I do?
- You can try resetting your settings

What is lost when I reset?
- You lose:  Password, Favorites, Settings

Why is Reset not password protected?
- I needed a self-recovery method for users in case they lose their passwords

Will I need to pay for upgrades?
- Never

Does Netflix / Hulu work?
- No, you need something like PlayOn and a PlayOn subscription to use those on the PlayBook right now.

 

Cheers,

Ed. (633)

01/15/12

Secure Browser – 1.0.7.311

Howdy folks,

I’m very proud to announce a new update submitted today for Secure Browser!

Release 1.0.7 adds the following new features:

1.0.7.311 Features:
—————–
* Minor bug fix: Portrait thumbnails outline was still in landscape

1.0.7.310 Features:
—————–
* Multitab support
-  Limited to 9 tabs
-  Indicator for Current Tab
-  Blank tab defaults to homepage
-  * Warning, Opening too many new tabs too fast can potentially crash the browser
* Theme Support added
-  Green
-  Blue
-  Diamond
-  Dragon
-  Want to create a theme?  Grab the package from FileArchiveHaven and send them to me in an email
* Pop-Up’s enabled now
* Better Web Inspector information
* Status Bar size increased a bit
* Favorites can have edit toggle
* Added stop button
* About 20 odd bug-fixes

Want to add your own themes?  Customize this package, send it to me, and I will add it in the next release!  (pending content approval).

http://www.filearchivehaven.com/downloads/beta/theme/green_theme_v1.zip

If you prefer you can reply to this thread with a link to your theme.  Thank you for your support :)  I will keep updating this browser.

~ls (1040)

01/10/12

TVersity and PlayOn troubleshooting tips

TVersity and PlayOn troubleshooting tips.

Here I will post up any useful tips I’ve found for these two apps as I progress through.

Where can I get the server for free?

Download 1.9.7 Free Server here for PlayBook Application Users

Download 1.9.6 Free Server here for PlayBook Application Users

Download Older Free Servers here for PlayBook Application Users

What is this app made for?

Mostly, this app is used for convenient dedicated access to TVersity so you can stream videos from your PC to your PlayBook with minimal effort.  Really thats the number one purpose behind this application.

Can I do this all for free?

Yes.  This application is optional.  You can use the flash media folder to access the TVersity folder over your browser.  Or you can use m.playon.tv to access your PlayOn account.  Purchasing this application is optional.

What Servers Work?

Tested and confirmed working:

PlayOn through mobile port

TVersity

TWonky

Orb

Tested and confirmed not-working:

AIR Server

PS3 Media Server

Post here and recommend more!

What about DLNA?

Currently, DLNA is not supported.  It requires more than a server front end for management.  I’ve helped a few developers in working on DLNA servers with uPNP and UDP port discovery.  However it is in its infancy.  There is a rumour DLNA will be available in OS2 (will be interesting to see that happen).

How do I get a refund?

You can contact appworldbilling@rim.com with a copy of your order number to obtain a refund.

Where does the money go?

1)  I often get asked where the money goes for this application.  And I have a lengthy post explaining most of it here.  However, in truth, a lot of the money used on this project gets recycled.

In the last two months I have given out 100$ in prizes for app submissions from other developers.

I have donated an additional 100$ in the development of emulator projects.

I have provided PlayBooks to some junior developers to bring apps to the PlayBook.

I have used the money to fund my other apps for free on the PlayBook.

The money does go to my servers, systems, software licenses and test software.

With that all said, I know the price is high for some people.  If you wish for a refund, please contact me or send your order information to appworldbilling@rim.com with a request for a refund.

TVersity > How to control video playback

By default the application will hide the video playback buttons.  Just touch near the bottom of the video to access the controls.

TVersity > Enabling subtitles

To enable subtitles, use the FFDShow application to customize your audio settings.

TVersity > Videos have no sound

1)  Often caused by the FFDShow on your system.  Update to the latest FFDShow at this url: http://sourceforge.net/projects/ffdshow/

 2)  You must have an audio driver installed.  If you are using a server, it needs to have an audio card in order for the FFDShow to pick up on it.

PlayOn > Using PlayOn over a WAN

You should be able to use PlayOn over WAN in the latest relase by first accessing PlayOn on your PlayBook while on the same network as your PC.  And then using the application to access PlayOn outside of your network.  This setting will be “forgotten” when you delete the application.

PlayOn > Netflix says no videos are found when you pick a category

The PlayOn team has a major issue with the current release for some Canadian subscribers.  You need to manually update your PlayOn service to fix this.  And if you have any hiccups at all, I recommend contacting them directly and then letting me know about it so I can help to expidite a solution for you.  Get the patched server here:  http://www.playon.tv/support/update

PlayOn > SilverLight needs to be re-installed

It looks like you updated to Silverlight v5. Netflix has issues with Silverlight v5, unfortunately. They still use version 4. Please uninstall Microsoft Silverlight and reboot the PC. Once the PC is started again, don’t install Silverlight. Just open Internet Explorer (*not* any other browser, like Firefox or Chrome) and browse to this URL:

*JUST OPEN NETFLIX GO TO YOUR INSTANT QUEUE AND HIT PLAY ON ANY MOVIE*

Let Netflix install the Silverlight plugin it wants to use. Once that video can be played, try playing it through PlayOn.

Do not update the Silverlight plugin.

TWonky > How do I start a movie?

You have to double-press a video file to launch a movie. Because its in a flash element, it may also need to to double click more than once (once to activate the flash element, once to launch it).  It is for this reason I’m recommending against TWonky but technically, it works.

- Ed. (9284)

01/9/12

Secure Browser Released!

Secure Browser Released!

A new announcement to be made.  My Secure Browser (formerly Desktop Browser) has been approved for release.

Download the application here:  https://appworld.blackberry.com/webstore/content/76083?lang=en 

Follow the original thread here:  http://forums.crackberry.com/playbook-apps-games-f243/here-2-apps-rim-doesnt-want-you-have-663236/

Information below from the AppWorld:

 

Secure Browser

Thank you for previewing this browser.

What is it:
-----------
Secure Browser is a simplified web-browser that protects your information as the ultimate privacy browser.  This browser does not allow access to browser history, it has privacy modes, and password protects your favorites!  It is the perfect browser for protecting your information and allowing you to change your browser type. 

This browser is not intended to replace the stock BlackBerry® PlayBook™ browser, but accompanies it by providing a secure alternative for protecting your information.

Why you need it:
-----------
Many websites restrict your BlackBerry® PlayBook™ by constantly pushing you to mobile websites.  Many office applications and websites require specific browsers.  And in many cases the QNX browser is able to handling these.  This browser allows you to change your user-agent to bypass mobile websites and limited URLs.  In addition, this browser allows you to password protect your favorites. 

This is important for restricting access to your work URL's and information.

How does the Authentication Work?
-----------
Your password is a separate encrypted password from your normal BlackBerry® PlayBook™ password.  You need to authenticate once everytime the browser is launched.  And authentication will remain for the remainder of the user session.  You will not need to re-authenticate until you close and re-open the browser.

Version
-----------
1.0.6.650

Features:
-----------------
* User Agent Modes:
-  FireFox 5
-  IE 7
-  Chrome 15
-  Safari 5
-  BB9800
-  Android 2.3
-  iPad2 5.0.2
-  BlackBerry® PlayBook™ OS1
-  Netscape 9.1
-  Opera 12
-  Konqueror 4.5
* Set default font size
* Set default URL
* Password Protect your Favorites
-  Can be turned off
* Privacy Mode
* Works through Tether & Bridge
* Validates URLs
* You can 'google' from the URL bar
* Strong error trapping
* Prevents access to History

How To Request Features:
-----------------
Request any features you want in the Reviews, or you can contact me at kermed@gmail.com for help/feature requests.

FAQ:
-----------------
What languages did you test on?
- Only English

What OS's did you test on?
- OS1 and OS2 Compatible

I found a bug!  Where do I report it?
- kermed@gmail.com

My browser is acting strange, what can I do?
- You can try resetting your settings

What is lost when I reset?
- You lose:  Password, Favorites, Settings

Why is Reset not password protected?
- I needed a self-recovery method for users in case they lose their passwords

Will I need to pay for upgrades?
- Never

Do you support multiple tabs?
- No, this appears beyond the scope of AIR

 Feature requests, questions, etc.  Are all very much welcomed!  I hope you enjoy this browser as much as I do working on it.

~Ed.

 

  (1053)

01/8/12

App Suggestions Decided!

App Suggestions Decided!

Some of you Crackberry junkies like myself, may have followed on a fun little post.  You see, I have some free time and I had a fun idea.  To ask the community what apps they want and to put some time into building them.

Link to post:  http://forums.crackberry.com/showthread.php?p=6995776#post6995776

So after a complicated week, all of the submitted apps were compiled into a file:  See on Google Docs.

The idea is simple, to turn the users into designers and build some revolutionary apps I might not think of otherwise!  And to split the money with them too :)  So, here are the results!

First Place Winner

$50 – Name:  vgwillm  Project:  Medical journal for people to detail anything unusual for later review.

$15 – Name: joe.blow2  Project:  Panoramic Camera

$5 – Name: RoboticGolem  Project:  Confidential

I will also be working on 4 other small related applications.  The goal is to finish it within 1 month!  Congrats to the winners, and I will be coming back to this list in the future.  Hopefully other developers will pitch-in and we can turn this bucket/wish list into reality.

Thanks for contributing to the project!  And hopefully some cool apps will come from this :)

~ed

 

 

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/pub?hl=en_US&hl=en_US&key=0AmQeeSQmOd1ddG5kaVJnajNLUG9Fb1N0ZUl5bnhrR0E&output=html (1199)

01/8/12

Connect to TVersity – Where does the money go

Connect to TVersity – Where does the money go

I often get asked why this application is here, what does it do, and why use it.

I try to be as straightforward as I can on the application description. See, I rely on media servers that have a flash port for the application and I link to that flash engine. This is to keep the cost of the client low with maximum reliability to the media server. So, as a user, you often see more or less what you would in a normal webbrowser.  The result is a lot of people asking: what is the money really for?  And rightfully so!

The price of the application gets split into paying for the application development and into the development of new (free) applications.

I’ve sunk about 36 hours into the app itself.  And that is with the video engine just using the native web engine whenever possible.  4 more hours have gone into tutorials most with photographs and detailed explanations.  And 20 hours have gone into testing and researching multiple servers and finding the best browser provisioning for them.  Including testing PlayBook Tablet OS changes.

The guts of the application is really what is different to a normal web browser. Most of the development time went into bandwidth reductions on the browser, memory reductions to the PlayBook, native Full screen video support, error trapping and network detection improvements. The feature list is 52 items long albiet many small features.

But the best use so far is the technical support for the client, server, network and domain name customizations people get. I have helped many many people setup this software on their systems and I want to keep helping for the remainder of the product.

So, for those who feel the $1.99 cost is too high – I am sorry and I am always happy to help set you up with a refund. I will likely make this app free if/when I do break even on the project.  As of today I have recouped about the cost of 6 hours into the project at the price point.

I am looking at our own native server in the future, but this will add ~300 development hours. Bringing the price to 19.99 per download over a 6 month period to recoup the development time.  Which I think is of questionable value when we consider that fundamentally it would do the same thing as the flash engine today. Users can also have a good experience with TVersity, PlayOn, etc using a standard web browser without this application and I never want someone to feel mislead about this application.

But for those who support me with this en-devour, thank you. And keep suggesting servers for me to add. I’m working on Orb, PlayOn over the network, TWonky and PS3MediaServer next.

Thanks all.  I just wanted to let you know where your money goes as it is continually being reinvested into the application.

Cheers. -ed (666)

01/3/12

Sideloading on PlayBook – Need some fun apps?

Sideloading on PlayBook – Need some fun apps?

Lets link up some of the fun stuff going on these days with the PlayBook.

First up, you will need to learn how to Side Load Applications on the PlayBook. 

Applications of interest:

FCEUXpb – Nintendo Emulator for the PlayBook.  Follow the thread here.   Download 1.0.0.8 here.

DosBox – You can even use this for the zsnes emulator.  Its just slow.  Follow the thread hereDownload 1.0.0.16 here.

Desktop Browser – Another browser alternative that has never been approved in AppWorld.  Follow the thread hereDownload 1.0.5.206 here.

I’m sure plenty more to come.  But if you want to play a bunch of PlayBook compatible flash games, look here.  OR if you want even more information on sideloading and game installations, look here.

Ed (776)