It’s been a little quiet here on the blog, but we have been busy behind the scenes;
We’ve been experimenting with Microsoft’s AI suite, and coming up with some cool new ideas, some of which have been trialed in beta. More on these soon.
Also, we’ve been making consistent improvements to Simple PoS. Our new thermal printer is on it’s way; which will allow us to test the new Thermal Printing (docket printer) option in Simple PoS ready to be released to the production version.
Finally; I’ve just finished adding in the new FFMPEG CODECS for Voyer. The previous version was getting a little long in the tooth and I had noticed more videos that it couldn’t decode. I do full local recompiles of FFMPEG, which is touchy to say the least and not a job I look forward to but very valuable to do every 6 months or so. There are components I could use rather than do this onerous task myself but most lack ARM capability or other features I want. Thus I do it the old fashioned way.
And as an Australian; welcome to spring!
There comes a time when some apps simply haven’t had the reception you might have liked.
In this case, it is for Screen Stitch and Background Studio.
Screen Stitch started well and was created to fill a gap in the store offerings. Since then it has been surpassed by other products and even with a significant re-write recently to use OCR instead of image scanning which made it instantaneous; it had lost that momentum. This is OK; as like I say there is a really good set of products available now in store.
Background Studio is a little different; I created this in my spare time as I didn’t like the limitations around setting backgrounds on Windows Mobile. It was really an app for my personal use that I decided to release and see if anyone wanted it. Short version; they didn’t!
So with the time required for other projects I have decided to walk these two apps into the sunset. They will be removed from the store over the next 24 hours.
We look forward to utilizing the time captured from this move to continue development on Simple PoS, Chains, Thought Valley, Voyer for 4chan, Charged, and Punt for Product Hunt as well as other new products.
Today is two weeks since I started a little side project to bring Product Hunt to the Windows Store.
And today I am proud to announce that it is available right now!
Punt for Product Hunt is a UWP app using the Product Hunt API; no web wrappers or W32 ports here.
You can browse anonymously, or sign in using your Product Hunt account for a personalized experience. Punt supports Twitter, Facebook and other sign in methods used by Product Hunt.
You can see posts, the users who made them and media including Still Images, GIF and YouTube Videos natively from within the app.
Full comment threads are also available posts, again including the user names and avatars.
The More Info links which take you to the products own web site are included for your convenience.
There is much more to come in this app in the future, as it is brand new, but please take a look and post any suggestions using the built in Feedback support or here on ValleySoftware.com.au.
As a side project, I have almost finished building a Product Hunt client for Windows Store.
Hopefully the first beta submission gets through store approval in the next day or so, then I can start closed testing.
Further; I’ve applied to Product Hunt to see If they’ll permit me to get write access also to their API so the app can up-vote, comment and maybe even post. (Normally their API is read-only, but as they don’t have an official Windows Store app maybe they’ll make an exception??? Win-win)