Week 22 snippets

I usually don’t track week by their number. But as I was building and releasing the new version of Calendar applet for PointUI, I was made aware that it was week 22 last week, as I blog about events over the weekend.

 

Firstly, of course it’s the new calendar applet I have released over the weekend. Not exactly an “official” release, but more of a release candidate, so that I can validate the applet’s device compatibility especially with non wide vga devices.

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There’s a breakthrough in this major version release, as I have built an external program to query the PIM database in Windows Mobile, so that I can display the busy status for each day in the calendar’s month view. While this is possible in PointUI scripting engine, but it’ll result in a big performance hit. Since this is the first time I have ventured into POOM (pocket outlook object model) , I thought it was a personal breakthrough for me as well 😉

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Another .UI applet on drawing board

It looks like I’m getting a hang of developing applets for PointUI. After making my first .UI calendar applet, my mind was toying with the idea of creating my own “Home” applet for .UI Home2. Since I’m creating a Home2 Home, I have decided to name it as Home Cube. 

 

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One of the things I had wanted to include is a better flip clock animation. Coding was rather straight forward, although graphic wise it was abit of challenge and in the end, I decided to reuse the graphics rendered by the original Flipclock applet developer. 

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Calendar applet for PointUI Home2

Weekend has always been short, but I still managed to find some time to update my Calendar applet for PointUI Home2 

Calendar main view (landscape)

Version 1.6 is finally released. Here’s a quick summary of the fixes, enhancements and added features.

April-21: version 1.6 beta-1 download link for VGA/WVGA and QVGA/WQVGA

  • Fix: Today indicator and text does not automatically get updated (when a new Today occurs)
  • Fix: Bug in the appointment area which always default to year 2009
  • Enhance: Optimize performance esply when you switch from month to month
  • Enhance: Improved UI for All Appointment/Day view
  • Added: Variable size applet support (applet now make use of the available applet space, based on your setting such as full screen, search button, etc)
  • Added: Landscape support (for wvga screen, the appointments will show on the right hand side of the calendar)
  • Added: Year view to select and jump to the month calendar view
  • Installation Prerequisite: Home2 0.30b must be installed
  • Installation Note: Install the CAB and add the calendar applet from the applet screen. The loading time of the applet could take a few seconds but this is only when you first add the applet, or when PointUI is starting up. Copy theTheme.XML file to your active theme folder for optimal display

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Calendar Applet (version 1.5) for PointUI Home 2

April-11: version 1.5 beta-1

  • Fix: Today indicator and “Today”/”Tomorrow” text not updated after a day
  • Feature Added: Animation while loading calendar and displaying appointment summary on main screen
  • Feature Added: Tapping on the appointment date (under the calendar) brings up screen that shows all the appointments for the selected date. The appointments are paginated (4 per screen) and you can swipe left/right to navigate from screen to screen.
  • limited support for VGA/QVGA device
  • Installation Note: Backup/Remove the calendar folder, Run Calendar-1.5-b1.CAB in your device’s file explorer. Copy Theme.xml to your active theme folder

 

Download Links

QVGA and WQVGA devices: Download

VGA and WVGA devices: Download

Buried to distract

It started all so positively in April, but for the last 1 week, it’s a hope that crushed big time.

The best treatment to the disappointment, I think is to continue to be buried by work, and perhaps my other past-ime work.

Speaking of which, I did quite abit of enhancement to my pointui calendar applet, and hopefully I can release it in the next couple of days. In the meantime, take alook at the preview of the next release.

New work on PointUI Home2

About a month back, PointUI finally announced their release of Home2 software, a Windows Mobile shell application that replaces the boring but functional Today screen. It was impressive to say the least, in terms of its performance and potential. However, the lack of applets means it’s all show and nothing beyond  in terms of making the phone device more productive.

That said, within weeks, there are  more and more third party developers began to create and release new applets to complete the usability of the shell program. Clock,  Messaging, Weather, Stock Ticker, Task, Appointment, etc are just some of the applets released by the developer community. Yours truly, shamelessly join in the bandwagon, and created a calendar and appointment applet, which can be found here