Archive for November, 2005

More of Beautiful China + Photo Extensibility

November 18, 2005

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China is a wonderful place – the food alone makes it fantastic, but the great people push it way over the top.

But, unfortunately for me, I don’t really do vacation – However, I’m making great progress with photo extensibility – shortly I’ll blog a simple techinique to extend Flock to support the photo service of your choice. 

China Update, and Some Flickr Notes

November 16, 2005

Wow – I’m in China!  Here’s a picture of the lobby of my hotel:

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A picture of me in my hotel.  Pretty rare to see me in such nice surroundings:

An unrelated picture of spiderman on my roommate’s tongue.

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Relevant news:  The windows version of Flickr upload works now – sorry that this was broken before – I forgot to modify an important build file, but all should be rosey now.  Also, I have added the preference to resize your images before uploading (the resize algorithm could use some work).  You can find this in the Web Services section of preferences.  Note that there have been many large code commits lately – apologies for random brokenness.

Flickr Uploader Screenshot

November 12, 2005

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Here is a screencap of the Flickr Uploader, just FYI.

Slurp!

November 12, 2005

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Thanks to the new Flock Flickr uploader, available only in hourly builds, the world now knows about the “special” relationship that my roommate has with our dog.

I switched the upload mode in our code to asynchronous, which will make uploads faster.  But, it may take a bit of time for changes to be reflected online.  I also made some UI changes to improve usability a bit (ie. there are better visual cues to indicate what is going on during uploading, and I added a remove button in the image props.)  Hopefully, also fixed a theming bug on the mac.

I may throw in the file size preference now – we will see how much fun I feel like having this Friday evening.

Yum – Flickr uploading topbar has been shoved into our build

November 11, 2005

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The first draft of the Flock Flickr Uploader has just been put into our hourly.  There are still some UI kinks, but basic functionality is in there:

  • EZ titling and tagging
  • Privacy
  • Batch Uploading
  • Drag and Drop re-ordering
  • Lossless rotation

There are some things missing, like:

  • Edit metadata on multiple items
  • Re-size images on upload
  • Zoominess (Had to be puled to accomodate some gfx – this will work its way back in somehow, somewhere).
  • Ability to view other topbars while uploading (don’t switch topbars while you are uploading for now!)

Check it out – or, wait a week for tweaks to work their way in 🙂

scrolleybox now… zooms!

November 9, 2005

I’ve been working hard @ flickr uploading, and now I find myself again awake @ 6AM+.  In my delirium, hacked in an osx-like zoominess to the flickr mouse hover states – very cool!  So, now scrolleybox=zoomybox a bit as well.

Also, I was able to throw in image rotation and scaling to the upload implementation.  So that’s all going quite well.

Tired now – sleep!

Flock Roadmap

November 5, 2005

After a couple weeks of bugfixing, and evaluating where we are at dev-wise, we threw together a Wiki page that lists out an approximate Flock Roadmap.

We are trying really hard to make some architectural improvements in the short term.  For example, we are refactoring our RSS service to improve performace – this should dramatically enhance your feed viewing pleasure. 

Beyond that, we are busy improving memory and browsing performance, while also adding extensibility to bookmarks, so that the community can add support for other services in addition to those that ship with Flock.

Lastly, one of our main pet peeves with the Flickr functionality, is that you can’t upload pictures through the photo topbar – very frustrating!  So we are re-designing Flickr Topbar to include upload functionality.  It’s thus far looking nice and friendly to use – batch uploads, drag-and-drop reordering.  Titling and Tagging should also make it in there.  Look for that in hourlies towards the end of next week. Oh – and extensibility is on deck for our photo topbar as well.

If you havn’t yet, we recommend checking out our latest build – many improvements to blog editing, and many bugfixes!