April 27, 2009

CAP on the Top Ten list!

CAP made it on the top ten most popular widgets on Apple.com! Thanks for all those who support it.


April 24, 2009

Friday Update: 4/24/09

Fairly quiet week here at Alternative Visuals, our website just recently reached the 2,000 hit mark and now it's at like 2,130 or something... The site activity has really spiked recently it seems getting about 50+ a day now, and to better analyze our websites visitors we created a site meter account to track our sites activity. These stats can also be view by the public by clicking the small site meter icon on the bottom left of each page in our website.

Direct Link: http://www.sitemeter.com/stats.asp?site=s14altvis

I will probably start work on CAP web app sometime next week with really no exact date set for release at this time, this will be the last major release from our site as of now, for a while. I think we need a creative break for a little while, which will give us time to improve what we already offer here at Alternative Visuals, and during the summer as mentioned before I hope to begin learning Objective-C and the iPhone SDK.

Other then that not much else is going on, have a great weekend!

April 20, 2009

Dashboard Resurfacer v1.1 is Here!

Dashboard Resurfacer v1.1 is now ready to be downloaded and it includes these key updates:

  • Saves all settings regardless if computer is restarted or something similar...

  • Update the AV Logo.

  • Updated Help Box.

  • Removed the "Default Resurfacer Style".

  • Prevent help box from appearing automatically after the first install.

  • And other minor improvements.

This was the final widget that needed to be updated. At this moment we aren't planning anything big in the near future and I won't have much to do for the time being other then possibly starting the Carve-A-Pumpkin Web App...

April 18, 2009

Build A Snowman v3.2 is Here!

Build A Snowman v3.2 is here and can be downloaded on our site or blog, and eventually Apple.com...(Once they approve it)

BAS v3.2 information:

  • Settings and appearances save regardless if the widget is closed or the computer is restarted.

  • Improved help information

  • Improved graphics

  • Some minor code improvement

Next planned update is for Dashboard Resurfacer and that will be in the next couple days.

April 16, 2009

Friday Update: 4/17/09

Fairly busy week it has been, Pillbox v1.1 was released as well as Carve A Pumpkin v2.0 just yesterday. I'm working to update all of the widgets by the end of the month hopefully.

BAS v3.2 information:

  • Settings and appearances save regardless if the widget is closed or the computer is restarted.

  • Improved help information

  • Improved graphics

  • Some minor code improvement

This update should be available Saturday, not sure when Saturday.

After Build A Snowman is updated I will begin work on the Dashboard Resurfacer v1.1 which will be a smaller update with the key feature being the widget saves settings regardless if the computer is restarted or something of that nature happens. After the Dashboard Resurfacer update I will probably begin work on the Carve A Pumpkin Web App.

Don't really have any plans as of yet beyond the Carve A Pumpkin Web App... I hope to eventually possibly over this summer (when I have more time) begin to learn Objective-C and Possibly some programing for the iPhone/iPod, this could lead to Apple Applications and iPhone/iPod Applications from our company.

Carve A Pumpkin v2.0 Here!

Carve A Pumpkin v2.o is here and can be downloaded on the blog, website, or Apple.com when available...

April 15, 2009

Carve A Pumpkin 2.0, just about ready.

Carve A Pumpkin is still a popular widget and is in the top 50 at Apple.com. We haven't forgotten about the widget, and we are just about ready to release v2.0. This is a fairly expansive update to the current 1.0 version, some key features are...

  • All settings and preferences are saved regardless if the widget is closed or the computer is turned off and turned back on. Now you no longer need to make a new one each time your computer restarts.

  • New control panel featuring drop down menus making the creation process easier.

  • Randomize feature is also new and functions the same way as it does in Build A Snowman, it will randomly select the settings for you.

  • Help box has been added to give assistance to those who are new to this widget.

  • Improved graphics and stability including a better alert system for new updates.

Screen Shots:

The update should be available either tomorrow or Friday.

After this I will be working on the update for Dashboard Resurfacer, then a Build A Snowman update. Once everything if up to date I may begin work on the Carve A Pumpkin Web App.

April 11, 2009

Pillbox v1.1 Here!

PillBox v1.1 is now here and ready to be downloaded, either on our website, or blog. We have submitted the update to Apple but most likely wont be available on Apple.com until Tuesday or Wednesday since it is a holiday weekend.

Key updates include:

  • Addition of the option to have additional rows to make managing your medication even more efficient. You can choose to have one, two, or three rows which ever best suits you and your needs.

  • Minor graphic changes.

  • Minor bugs and known issues fixed

If you have any issues with this newest update please contact us and we will work to get them fixxed. This update is thanks to those who made the suggestion that we support those who take medicine more then once a day, so if you have suggestions for this or any of our widgets please contact us.

April 10, 2009

Friday Update: 4/10/09

There really hasn't been a lot going on lately other then my continual work on PillBox v1.1 and speaking of that I wont be able to get it out to the public until some time next week. It is taking longer then what I have expected which is why I couldn't get it released this week.

Some photos of the nearly complete v1.1:

As most of you may already know, we added a Misc. page to our website and there you can find more free great content! Currently we just have iPod/iPhone wall papers but as I have more free time I can add additional items.

And thats about all there is this week.

April 3, 2009

Friday Update: 4/3/09

Friday blog posts have become scheduled and predictable so I figure I might as well give it a name that fits... And from now on blog posts on Fridays will be considered Friday Update and expect them every Friday.

Well anyways, First thing I'd like to talk about is the status of PillBox v1.1 so far everything in the update is coming as planned. If your not familiar with what it will consist of already, It will add the option to have multiple rows for those who take medicine more then once a day (a highly requested feature). Also coming is some performance upgrades, and some coding/visual glitches have also been fixed. The one feature I'm not guaranteeing yet is Growl Notification (it has been causing issues) and we might not see it until v1.2.

PillBox v1.1 Screen Shots:

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In other news we have created a cnet download.com account and our popular widgets can now be downloaded via download.com including PillBox!

Also we hope to be adding that new page we have been promising to our website this weekend, I just have yet to get around to it because of my busy schedule.

Other then that there isn't a whole lot of news, you can expect updates for our other widgets DR, CAP, and BAS shortly after PillBox v1.1 release! And eventually I need to update the BAS WebApp... quiet frankly the next two months will be busy!