Say it with Poop !

 

iOS 10 brings the ability to use apps within iMessage.

You can read all about how it works here

What better way to make use of the new animated stickers – than with some charming animated poops!

waving poop

You can get them at the store for $0.99


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enjoy!

Windows Store is still rubbish

Back in 2105, the Windows store decided to unpublish VLC Remote after I submitted an update.

I ran a competition to try to figure out why they had banned it. This attracted some media attention which ultimately resulted in a  Windows Developer Platform manager contacting me. He quickly got some people on the case and the app was restored.

About three weeks later, I needed to update the description. The same thing happened again. Again, the same chap kicked some butt in the store and got the update approved.

A year or so later, and I have had a request from Microsoft to fill in their age rating questionnaire.

Of course – this requires submitting a new update, and of course the exact same problem is hitting. (Note – the app, and its description and screenshots are completely unchanged)

App Policies: 10.1 Inaccurate Representation, Title

Your app and its associated metadata must accurately and clearly reflect the source, functionality, and features of your app.

  • <snip – list of policies>

Notes To Developer

The app name does not accurately represent the app.
For more information see Windows Store Policy 10.1 at http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=620446.

This time, I haven’t had a response from the program manager (he has probably moved on in disgust)

I have resubmitted with a link to the original story, but have just had a somewhat meaningless response

Hello Rob,

Thank you for the follow up and I am showing that app under that account. Now I also reviewed over the listing and I would suggest contacting report app from the email below as they will be bale to assist you directly on the certification.

Report App: reportapp@microsoft.com

If you have any questions or concerns, please respond to this e-mail and we will work to resolve them as quickly as possible.

I don’t think this will help – clearly the issue is nothing to do with me reporting an infringement, or anyone else reporting an infringement. The issue is that every time I submit an update, Microsoft do the same brain-dead thing.

I’m going to try one more submission with the ‘do not fail… escalate to…’ note…

I guess Windows Store is dying, and Microsoft just want to clear out the few remaining apps.

Introducing File Getter for iOS

File Getter makes it really easy to get files onto your iDevice.

File Getter logo

iOS makes it fairly easy for apps to send files to other apps – but can be a massive pain getting those files onto your device in the first place.

File Getter makes that easy.

Now you simply install a helper on your PC or Mac. When you’re on your home wifi, File Getter can connect to that helper and access any file.

Once you have the file on your device – it’s easy to send it to other apps.

You can send a book to iBooks, a movie to VLC, an image to facebook, or a powerpoint file to Pages.

No cables, no fuss.

File Getter is initially available for only $0.99

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2 Minute Timer now with Force Touch

2 Minute timer was my first app.

It is a very simple timer app which aims to work with a minimum of fuss.

You can now start a timer and pick the timer length on new devices using force touch.

More info here

2min

New Design – please tell us what you think

We have published the new design. I hope you like it!

However, this isn’t the end; We’re keen to get your feedback on what you like, and what you don’t. We’ll be working on tweaking and fixing things over the next couple of weeks.

You can email me directly through the ‘send feedback’ option in the settings.
Below is the list of things we know we need to work on…

thank you!

  • Fix some crashes
  • ‘Only show media’ not working
  • Remote is sometimes unresponsive
  • Bring back the stop button
  • Bring back the control ‘dials’
  • Hardware volume controls not working
  • Sort folders above files
  • Fix Favourites
  • Remember browsing position for remote
  • Bring back ‘Delete whole playlist’
  • Sort saved remotes alphabetically
  • Make the ‘play folder’ button much bigger
  • Volume up/down buttons should auto-repeat

VLC Remote – Auto resume.

Towards the end of 2014, I added a feature in VLC Remote to auto-save your position in a movie, and restart at the same place if you re-loaded that movie.

Since then, VLC have built the same feature into VLC itself.

It doesn’t make sense for the remote to be battling VLC – so I’ll be removing the ‘save playback positions’ feature from the remote and letting you set your preference in VLC.

This is how to do that:

Windows

0) Open the preferences (Menu/Tools/Preferences)
1) Select ‘All’ in the bottom right ‘Show Settings’ option
2) In the left pane, select ‘Interface / Main interfaces / QT’
3) In the right pane, scroll down until you find ‘Continue playback?’ and select ‘Always’
4) Click ‘Save’ in the bottom right.

VLC Windows resume prefs

Mac OS

0) Open the preferences (Menu/VLC/Preferences)
1) Click ‘Show All’ in the bottom right button (this will show more preferences)
2) In the left pane, select ‘Interface / Main interfaces / macosx’
3) In the right pane, scroll down until you find ‘Continue playback?’ and select ‘Always’
4) Click ‘Save’ in the bottom right.

VLC Mac resume prefs

That’s all!

Mac OS Developers – Easily add Right-Click actions.

Right Click Booster makes it really easy for developers to add their own Right-Click actions.

OSX 10.10 allows developers to build FinderSync extensions.
These allow you to add right.click (or cmd+click) actions within the finder.

However – you can only do this with App-Store apps, and building finder-sync extensions is a massive pita.

Right Click Booster now makes it super-easy for developers to add right-click actions for their own apps.

The full code within VLC Streamer Helper is:


[RCBRightClick registerExtensionWithName:@"Add to VLC Streamer"
scheme:@"vlcsaddfile"
filetypes:@[@"mp4",@"avi",...]
image:[NSImage imageNamed:@"menuIcon"]
callbackScheme:nil];

So – if you’re a developer, find out all about it here

If you use software that would benefit from right-click integration – then please email the developer and let them know about Right Click Booster.

VLC Streamer now integrated with Mac’s Finder

If you’re using Mac OS, and you’re updated to the latest version, then VLC Streamer now offers a way to right click (or cmd+click) on a movie in the finder to add it directly to VLC Streamer.

The new option is in the settings tab.

It makes use of my newish (free) app Right Click Booster.

When you click to add the right-click item, you’ll be prompted to install Right Click Booster if you don’t have it already – and taken to the Mac App Store to download it for free.

You can get Right Click Booster (currently free!) at the Appstore.

Go Away!

I just released Go Away!

It is not a subtle or complex application, but I hope it will be fun and useful for some folks.

If you’re trying to work and you wish people would leave you alone – just fire up ‘Go Away!’

go away screenshot

When people pester you, tap on the screen and it will tell them to go away!

For added utility, you can record your own message and display your own image.

It’s free at the Apple Store:


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[now fixed] I broke the timed commands…

Update: This is fixed in the 4.01 release.

I let a bug get through in the 4.0 update of Off Remote. The timed commands don’t work (nothing happens when you click on the button to send the command).

I submitted a fix to Apple on Monday (17th Aug), but they generally take about a week to approve updates.

sorry.

Rob.