1Shot camera app #WP8 #WindowsPhone

It started off with Slydr, then Cineworld. Now I have another app that takes up most of my coding time. 1Shot camera app.

1Shot beta app is based on my usage patterns. If you like Nokia Camera (and its not bad), I am happy for you. If however like me, you wish that you could see High Resolution images on camera roll or you just don’t like mucking around with manual settings rather often choose modes, then 1Shot is the app for you.

By default you get on screen options to tweak Flash modes, use Timer, use multiple capture mode and additionally use camera modes exposed by device. Today I submitted a change that allows use to turn on Advanced camera options to view ISO, Shutter Speed, Exposure Compensation and White Balance Presets.

The beauty of 1Shot app is

  • its very simple interface
  • you can use it on any WP8 device.
  • If your device supports High resolution capture like 1520 or 1020, the app will use those and copy the high res image straight to camera roll.
  • All images captures are made available for skydrive sync.

There’s still a lot more that needs to be done. You can download the app from Windows Phone Store – just remember, its still early days and is labelled Beta for that reason



Cool Camera 1.1 and Go A2B

Cool Camera 1.1 is out now.. enhancements include

1) 5-step digital zoom

2) pinch zoom, drag and flick pictures in picture viewer.

3) live effects preview on thumbnails

4) localisation to all support languages – had to eat my words after checking stats for other apps.

5) layout simplification- two columns of selectable options instead of rows.

You can download the update by clicking the link below.

Go A2B works has been slow and i have slipped my target. I am still doing the HUD and i am trying to figure out how to calculate bits of display items e.g. speed – thats simple, distance pending on current leg, next itinreray (for displaying additional directions), max speed for this itinerary, ETA.

I spent about a day debating whether i should go with streamed TTS or have a nice sound files. I guess v1.0 will feature native sound files for English and i will expand in different markets once i have localised sound files in those languages.

Cool Camera 1.1 submitted

I had a last minute niggle yesterday… i finished localisation and the application of filters to thumbnail, obfuscated the xap and was ready to submit it and i thought… i should test and and guess what happened !!!

1) the zoom changes (2nd part – using ScaleTransform) mean the image was getting larger and going under the zoom buttons.. which of course was not acceptable.

2) same thing was happening in picture viewer.

so i spent time today to fix that, reverted to cropping the image and fitting it to image rather than scaling the image (i think its slower than scaling slightly as there’s bitmap creation etc but it works… we shall see.

the only thing i would have liked further is kinetic scrolling on flicking a zoom image, currently i move it twice the distance based on velocity.

Now i am back on Go A2B, the car has been moved to the center, the map viewer and i am working on checking the current location against the path and to recalculate if it moves say 50 meters off the current path., i have started to adding things to the HUD.

Cool Camera updates

The first review of cool camera was 5 Start, the second was 2 start.

The first said that it would be nice to have digital zoom on camera and ability to pinch zoom when viewing the pictures. So, i have added 5 step digital zoom at moves in a step of 0.1. Pinch zoom is working, i have to get drag working and i might just add localisation 😦

The second reviewer said that it was too complicated. I tried to keep it as simple as i could – however i have removed the focus button and the shutter button – there’s a hardware button for shutter for crying out loud. Instead the users will get digital zoom button.

Might finish drag in picture viewer and then will get back on to Go A2B – still have the list of to-do’s and its not getting any smaller by itself.

Cool Camera 1.0 submitted

Cool Camera 1.0 has been submitted to microsoft. I have tested it thoroughly – though i gotta start using the Marketplace Test Kit that microsoft ships.

This is how it stands today. the app provides easy toggle for flash modes, resolution and drive modes. Yes Drive modes – single shot, continous, 2 Second Timer and 10 Second Timer.

The app by default streams live view untouched (other while depending upon the effect – it gets all jerky) so that it performs well. I have added picture viewer that supports flick gesture in addition to using buttons to browse between photos. The user can choose to appy effects / filters (Black and White, Sepia, Tilt Shift, Polaroid, Red, Blue and Green filters). If they like the effect, they can save the modified photo.

Let’s see if it gets through certification and how it does in real market – let the slating begin 🙂 🙂 – my first entry for Windows Phone Incentive program is done.

A small change of plans – going to ditch Babel fish – enough translators in market place. I am doing to push 2.6 and start working on Sat Nav app.


What happened to Slydr 2.6 ?

I submitted Slydr 2.6 Friday the 6th Jan as i though i’d better update NoDo users with latest changes. I branched current Mango code base and made changes to revert the code to NoDo compatible code. I didn’t realise it but i left Mango version of Silverlight Toolkit and 2.6 didn’t pass certification as the app crashes when you navigate to Settings page. This is what consumes the Silverlight toolkit based controls.

So what did i do ? Well to start with I pushed 3.2 (which is update to 3.1 Mango version and contains some bug fixes) and its currently in testing. I have also downloaded NoDo sdk to get my hands on NoDo Emulator so i can thoroughly test 2.6 when i push it for certificaiton in coming week.

Apart from that Cool Cam is close to completion. I have the photo viewer working correctly and all i need to do is get effects application code working correctly. I plan to finish it tonight and then hopefully i will polish it a bit (for example displaying a count down when using timer mode). Then comes the annoying part of localisation. I am keeping the text very simple and so i hope localisation is easy / more accurate.

Last week i also published entire word lists i have generated. I have uploaded 50k zip, entire zip and log file which details file count / word count etc etc.

Cool cam – new app while i wait for maps to finish downloading

Since the map download has been going on and on forever, i decided to keep myself busy…  welcome to cool cam. what does it do.. well its a camera… i know each device comes with its own app and so does Windows Phone and the app is not bad… just though why not… its got live screen and touch controls.

i am about to add effects so that the images are rendered (effect is applied) on the fly.

Need to add a couple of things like real camera… zoom (digital zoom – one that i always disable on real cameras) and maybe timer etc.