July 31, 2009

Dashboard Resurfacer v2.0 Video

Created a short video preview of Dashboard Resurfacer v2.0

v2.0 Feature List (As of Now)

~ Improved Graphics

~ Animated Wheels

~ Improved Sound

~ Auto-Detect screen resolution and adjusts the widget to fit (works with just about any screen resolution) and no more multiple files! :)

~ Option to turn update alerts on/off

~ Fixed minor bugs and glitches.

It's an extensive feature list and a demanding update that will take a good bit of time. I hope to release this update sometime Mid-August. Once I get closer to being finished I'll give you an exact date.

July 25, 2009

Dashboard Resurfacer... and other stuff.

I'll be honest in saying that Dashboard Resurfacer is glitchy, lacks realism, and needs an update!

I have kinda let Dashboard Resurfacer go, in all that has been going on lately never gave it the proper time. I have set to completely rebuild the widget from nearly the ground up. Implementing newer more reliable animation (including wheels that actually spin :), fix all the glitches, improve the sound, and improve graphics. I might (can't guarantee) find a way to combine the screen sizes into one widget so we don't need 4 of them. Hopefully I'll have it done in mid-August...(summer going fast)

Currently reading the Objective-C book for second time (to get a even better grasp of what is being taught) once that is done I hope to begin the iPhone SDK book. If all goes well hopefully we can start to put an App together in late September or early October. Hopefully some of our future apps will be some fun games, I have been researching game engines and have come across a nice free one! Cocos2d is a free open source 2d game engine that uses Objective-C (helps that I don't need to learn another language so soon). As for the physics aspect Cocos2d can be integrated with Chipmunk Physics Engine. The engine uses C as the primary language, so I will need to learn a little C but it's very similar to Objective-C (Obj-C subset of C) and the Objective-C book I own has a large chapter on C and the syntax.

Just a reminder anyone interested in "The Ad Network" still have lots of room for more ads.

July 18, 2009

New Look!

As you probably saw, the website got a updated look! We improved the graphics, added a few new features and improved the website as a whole. Some notable upgrades; The side scroll box featuring our widgets to show our work without cramming things, scroll box for the news as well to fit more news in a smaller space, "The Ad Network" an advertising exchange program to promote our site and to promote other people's site, and much more!

To further elaborate on "The Ad Network" other companies and websites can offer to advertise us for free, in exchange we advertise for them for free. The ads they supply will appear at random intervals on the main page below, more information on this and a form to sign up is under the Contact page.

I hope to update the mobile site soon to, and DR (Which I'm working on, been busy with a lot of things)...

July 9, 2009

Scheduled maintenance and updates.

Small bit of news in regard to Pyro Deisn, I released an update for it that fixes a small popup menu glitch. So be sure to download it when you can!

Dashboard Resurfacer update will be coming soon as well to fix some problems with it so expect it within a week.

The website and blog will have scheduled maintenance tomorrow starting at 6 pm Eastern time, the site will remain up and running but problems may occur sporadically until the maintenance is finished sometime Friday night. It shouldn't last to long and will help to clean the website, making everything more efficient.

July 6, 2009

Some News...

I have yet to mention on the blog, but most of you probably found out that I submitted the PillBox update, it fixes a few minor glitches and gives the option to turn Auto Updates off.

DR and PD are scheduled also to have small updates, PD (Pyro Design) update will fix two glitches... One, when you first install the fireworks don't always start unless you exit and reopen dashboard, The second issue is that although the widget remembers your preferences when the computer restarts or something the drop down menus revert to the default state which needs fixed.

As for DR there appears to be an apparent animation problem and a few major glitches in some of the versions that need to be addressed, not sure why they are appearing now as they appeared to be fine before release. It should be addressed within the week...

After I update the widgets, the website will be next in line for a summer cleaning... although visually not much will change both the Blog and Website need a cleaning/revamping. Especially the server we are using, for it's a tad cluttered with old useless files and such. During this period you may experience problems with downloads and web pages (they should be few and far between). When I get closer to that point I'll give a more definite time frame of when problems may occur...

We reached over 5,000 hit on our website, here's hoping to reach 10,000 by the end of the summer! If we do I might do something  special for the milestone... I'll just have to wait and see :)

ALSO! Pyro Design! is still in the top 50 list and still doing well!

July 3, 2009

Updates are here!

I have released two new updates for BAS and CAP on our site! I have submitted them to apple and they are awaiting approval.


~Option to turn updates off.

~Option to have animated snow fall onto your snowman!

~Minor performance upgrades


~Option to turn updates off.

~Minor performance upgrades.

I plan on releasing updates for DR, and PB soon as well. Possibly today maybe tomorrow... I noticed a minor issue with Pyro Design and it might get a quick update aswell!

Speaking of Pyro Design, it is now in the Top 50 position at apple currently at the 40th spot and moving up! Thanks for all the support.