Thank you WP Rewards Programme

I found out about Microsoft UK’s Developer incentive program about 3 weeks back. It closed this sunday and in that duration i only managed to push out Cool Camera. So i got 1 reward point – its shame.. if i had been keeping up-to-date, i could have done something over the last 3 months… oh well..

So i spent the sole point on a RC Helicopter :) I was tempted by the Tea for Two but then i could have to go far and find childcare for my daughter… not worth it. Can’t wait for it :)

Yesterday WordMaster and WordMaster Free became available on marketplace. I have been spending some time on the free version and its not too bad.. its not really a game and i already found a bug :) but i might develop it into a game – as if there aren’t enough word games out there.

I also pushed out Updated to Cool Camera. Now stands are 1.2 ? I modified it a bit based on user request – reduce the volume between 20:00 and 8:00, consume SoundEffect instead of MediaPlayer class to reduce lag (especially the shutter sound) and finally added Lighten / Darken filters.

Lighten / Darken filters use a combination of techniques – like the first pass of face dectection code here
http://channel9.msdn.com/coding4fun/articles/FaceLight–Silverlight-4-Real-Time-Face-Detection
and finally using HSL to lighten darken the matched pixels.
http://www.silverlightshow.net/items/HSL-Colors-in-Silverlight.aspx
While i was at it, i also realised that the effects preview was rendering all the images and was for that reason slow, i have correct that behaviour and now the effects rendering is a breeze :)

WordMaster submitted to Marketplace

I have submitted Paid and Free versions of WordMaster app. It’s a simple word game that involves the use of frequency words lists. The characters are listed and the users need to drag and drop them to form the word.

I dont think this will count towards Microsoft UK’s reward program – The email said any apps published by end of today – i submitted it today but that doesn’t matter. We will find out next week.