For anyone who has been attempting to access, upload to, and view the gallery in recent days, you might have noticed that some things weren’t quite right. As you might suspect there were technical issues at play, which I will explain below. For those not interested in the technical bits, please rest assured that I have been (and will continue to be) monitoring the gallery for any more issues that may arrise.
They even gave me this fancy badge!
Took a little longer than expected, but it’s finally live and ready for download! Songwave is an app that let’s you control a matrix of lights that correspond to sound patches, kind of like a Tenori-On, but with multiple tracks that play simultaneously. A definite first for webOS, and best of all… it’s free.
As of the first update (that went live yestery — I know, this post is a week late), there are 3 tracks: A marimba, A monophonic synth, and a Drumkit. You can switch between tracks, toggle notes, and modify the tempo, all using gestures on the screen (no keys to press). The free version is going to serve as a demo platform for the very comprehensive “Live” version that is currently in development, which will likely include longer tracks (up to 16 beats, whereas it currently supports 4), more instruments, and subdivision control (8th notes, 16th notes, etc).
SongWave is available in the App Catalog, or by clicking this direct link. As you may or may not know, there is a 2nd Palm Hot Apps competition running, and SongWave is in fact doing pretty well! So, tell your peeps to go get it, and make tunes. Feedback/suggestions are always welcome. Let me know what you guys think.
Yes, Paintr Lite made the cut. Thanks to everyone who has tried the app, and especially to those who continue to contribute to the Gallery. I am very excited to continue building apps for this great community. As a thank you to everyone who has used, and continues to use the app, expect an update soon with a special “gift”. Special in that it’s new, and gift in that it’s free.
On a second, unrelated note… BIG announcement coming very soon. Very, VERY soon. Really… It’s big. STAY TUNED.
For anyone going to an AT&T to check out their new WebOS device, be sure to browse through the apps and play around with Paintr Lite. About a month ago, I was contacted by Palm, who told me they would like to use Paintr on their demo phones for their WebOS launch on the French cellular carrier SFR. That launch being a success, it seems that the app has made it on to demo units at AT&T stores in the U.S. as well.
Also, for those of you wondering, Paintr Pro IS currently being actively developed. As you may know, it will be one of the new Palm PDK apps, taking complete advantage of the hardware accelerated graphics that your phones are capable. As such, it’s a complete overhaul of the app, including re-writing in another language (C++). Therefore, it will take some time, but will be absolutely worth it. There might also be a new game launch coming soon, as a small side project currently under development. More on that later!
Everything is still kicking strong in the Paintr world, as the app received a great review on precentral.net.
Be sure to check it out, and to stay tuned here as there will be a lot of news in the coming months, particularly in regards to some new apps.
In the mean time, keep painting, submitting, downloading, and wall-papering! There will be a few updates to the Paintr Lite gallery coming soon, hopefully addressing the long load times for the User gallery (it’s getting pretty big!).
In case any of you haven’t checked it out yet, Palm recently launched a totally sweet leader board to show the world the current standings in their in-progress promotion known as Palm Hot apps. I am very excited to say that Paintr Lite is currently sitting at the #8 most downloaded app since Feb 1st! We were jumped last week by the Dictionary! app, but hey, everyone needs a dictionary right? In any case, the credit here is largely due to all the people downloading and using Paintr Lite, and especially those who submit their work to the Gallery, which is certainly a large part of the appeal of the Paintr universe.
In short, sweet! Also, tell your friends to download the app, and let’s keep Paintr Lite in the running all the way up to June 30.
Also, be sure to stop by the leader board, it’s a great way to keep track of all the greatest apps for webOS.
Paintr v1.2.0 was released last week, which brought with it a monumental new feature, The Gallery. You are now able to upload your amazing artwork and share it with all of the other Paintr artists out there! Of course, being as this feature is very new, and something I’ve never done, there will be lots of stuff to work through, including breakdowns and buildups, adding new features, killing bad features, and last but not least: making sure people only upload actual paintings. You’d be very surprised (or not) at the kind of images that have been uploaded to the gallery. Fortunately, the review process was ready to go up front.
Anyhow, enjoy the gallery, and stay tuned for more stuff to come.
Several fine folks have taken it upon themselves to write well thought out reviews for Paintr Lite at various places around the web. Here are a couple to check out:
Thanks go out to the authors, they are well written, and I greatly appreciate their efforts. Back to work on the update, coming soon to a device near you.