Apple’s new Beta Testing service is now live.
If you have an iOS8 device, then I can now add you to my list of beta testers and get your input on new features (and possible new bugs!)
If you’re interested in getting involved in testing and developing VLC Streamer, VLC Remote and Off Remote, then I’d love to have you in the group.
To sign up – please just apply to join this google group.
Or go to http://HobbyistSoftware.com/beta on your desktop.
Make sure to sign up with the email address you use for your apple id.
I’ll add you to the group and look forward to your input!
iOS8 promises a new way for people to beta test apps where you can easily test beta versions of apps.
The TestFlight app which enables this is already available in the US Appstore.
We have been working hard on new versions for iOS8 and plan to release these as betas as soon as Apple allows it.
If you’d like to take part in testing, then please join our new beta-testing google group.
We’ll pull your email address from the group and add you to the testing list.
Update: iOS8 is live, but Apple hasn’t started the public beta testing system yet. They are labelling it as ‘coming soon’. Please sign up using the link above and we’ll let you know when it goes live.
If you have multiple monitors connected to a mac, then this might interest you.
I just launched my first app in the Mac Appstore. It’s called Multi Monitor Wallpaper.
It lets you take one large image and apply it across your monitors.
You can move and scale the image, and even tweak the exact layout of your monitors.
My app cuts up the image and applies it across your screens.
Let me know what you think!
You can get it at the Mac Appstore
I just released an update for iBrowse which does two things.
- Brings it up to date with iOS5
- Brings the feature I have wanted for ages – you can now open links in a background tab
I use this when I’m browsing a news site. I go to news.bbc.co.uk, and I can now click and hold on a link, then select ‘open in background tab’. That story starts loading, and I pick a few other stories to load in the background.
Now I switch to coverflow view and swipe to one of the stories (which has probably already loaded by now).
It’s only $1, and there is a free version to try!
iBrowse is available as ever at the App Store.
When I released Off Remote, I thought people would use it to turn off their media centre computers, and their home-office computer without having to get out of bed or leaving the sofa.
I’m sure it is used for that – but I found from my emails that people also use it to switch off their kids’ computers.
The new release makes Off Remote even better for this. You can now send a short message to the computer before you shut it down
‘It’s past your bedtime – save your work before I turn off your computer!’
You can also disable the ‘countdown’ message that used to appear as the computer was about to shut down. This gives you the upper hand if your kids were used to just clicking the ‘cancel’ button.
Of course – with great power comes great responsibility! Use with care…
Off Remote is available as ever at the App Store.
If you’d like to give Off Remote a try, you can get it right here:
My new app Watchover just went live.
Watchover lets you monitor what your kids are doing on their computers. It takes a screenshot every minute which you can browse from your iPhone iPad or iTouch.
You can also see what applications have been open, and when the computer has been running.
Just like watching your kids in the park, Watchover lets you keep an eye on them from a distance. So while the children are in their bedrooms, you can connect from your iPhone, iPod or iPad and view what they’ve been doing for the last few days – or see what is on their screens right now.
Watchover is available now in the appstore, and I’d love to hear your feedback.
Apple just approved a fairly major update to VLC Streamer.
Key improvements are:
* You can now copy converted movies to your device easily (so you can watch them on the plane or when you are away from your computer)
* Improved code for keeping the streaming connection (should reduce buffering)
* Supports playing movies in the background over airplay
Get the update, or give it a try at the Appstore…
Off Remote is now uploaded and ready for your translations at www.Apptranslate.com
If you’d like to see Off Remote in your language, then please head over and translate a couple of strings – or even the whole app.
Just head over to www.Apptranslate.com and make your contribution!
Thanks in advance,
I just released version 3.0 in the App Store.
It’s a major update that adds significant new functionality including Timed Commands (paid version only) and direct https connections.
-And there is more!
The new version will require that you upgrade your helper. Just click on the ‘Check for updates’ button to do that, or download the new helper from http://HobbyistSoftware.com/off
Streaming by the power of VLC!
My new app just went live. It uses VLC to convert movies into the format needed to stream them to your iPhone, iPod or iPad.
It can handle most movie types, and can start streaming your movie within 10 seconds or so.
Now your whole movie collection is available on your iPod or iPad without syncing or converting.
The full version is $0.99
Or the free version (with annoying ads) is available to let you try it out.