FlashPhix 2.0 Beta #1 the results!

At the moment we are developing a new version of an iPhone app that needs updating, FlashPhix. We’re still testing and tweaking, but the results look promising although some of the filters take up to 20 seconds to be completed.

But here’s small gallery of the resulting pictures :

If any of you want to test FlashPhix 2.0 and aid in its development, please comment.

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Windows 7 compatibility with our Apps + opinion

As everybody knows Windows 7 has arrived, this brings some problems for certain applications. But luckily most of our apps aren’t experiencing issues.

Here’s a list :

  • 36-image converter 4.7a : Not fully compatible – issues with filters. Conversion + other features work. Issues will be fixed in the Beta version of v4.7.
  • 36-image express 1.0 : Compatible
  • ROC 1.0 : Compatible
  • Duelpro 2009 : Compatible
  • SpeedShut 4.x : Compatible
  • FileTorment 4.x : Compatible (further testing required)
  • CachePhix 1.x : incompatible (Possible update coming next year)
  • LoadDown 2.0 : Compatible
  • LockPhix 1.x : incompatible (further testing required) (No intention to update – end of support coming in 2010)
  • FileTorment Suite 2006/2007 : incompatible – end of support (since 2009)
  • infoBlaster IN4 : incompatible – end of support (since 2008)
  • Mphix 1.0 : incompatible – end of support (since 2007)
  • PhBrowser 1.0 : incompatible – end of support (since 2006)

 

So most apps are compatible, the few apps which were incompatible with vista are still incompatible with windows 7 and 36-image converter will be fixed in an update.

And of course I have to add my opinion about Windows 7. I have only one sentence for Windows 7 : “Microsoft is back!”. Enthusiasts of other operating systems have been claiming that people just use windows because it’s on their PC, with Windows 7 they are proven wrong. People are actually looking for Windows 7. Users of other operating systems are cheering for Windows 7, about 90% of all Mac Fans (including me) thinks Windows 7 is great and will run it as a second OS without whining. The same with half the Linux population. So is Windows 7 a success? It’s probably the most wanted operating system of the decade.

Microsoft has finally delivered a product which is fun to use and can compare to Mac OSX. Microsoft increased the productivity with a set of new features which can compare to Mac OSX exposé (although I still prefer exposé, because I’m used to it) and they brought small changes which are enjoyable. They put a great deal of care and effort in this operating system contacting all developers for a compatibility check of their apps, gathering all drivers and testing your configuration for compatibility. They actually did something with the Windows Vista complaints.

So I don’t think alternative operating system’s usage will grow now. It grew thanks to Windows Vista, but with Windows 7 everyone is happy again and the need for an alternative is gone. So I expect a drop in the Linux marketshare and a growth stop of Mac OSX and in long term a minor decrease in marketshare.

I also expect Chrome OS to be born dead, people don’t need another OS. If google released it a few months after the Vista release they would’ve scored a big hit, but the normal people have a working Windows install, Mac people have Mac OSX and the mac people that are interested in Windows 7 will not be interested in Chrome OS, the ones which aren’t interested in Win7 aren’t interested in anything other than Mac OSX so there goes another fail for Google. And the last one the opensource advocates and the common linux users don’t want a semi-opensource OS which sends data to an evil corporation, so they will stick with the normal Linux distros. So I think the fear which microsoft had to endure for a few years about other treding operating systems is gone now.

Anyway, brilliant move, brilliant OS.

36-image converter 5.0 plans

Fall 2007 we started with the development of an entire graphics suite called 36-image converter 5 or “Hummingbird”. The suite consisted out of 36-image converter 5.0, 36-image explorer 1.0, 36-imageVault and a primitive 36CONVERT which also allowed grayscale filtering. The suite was never finished due to some events at the beginning of 2008, with 4 applications in test build. Not all the development was in vain, many of the 36IC5 functions have been directly implemented into 36IC4.4 “Ninja” eg. drawing, erasing, selections and some filters. 36-ImageVault is now PII-encrypted images and LockPhix. And 36-image explorer is just an inch from being released for fun as a semi-functional developer’s preview.

Everyone was waiting for a version 5 but instead you got version 4.3 in Spring 2008 to fix critical errors and version 4.4 in Summer. But 36-image converter has to get a version 5 sooner or later, so it’s inevitable. But our demands have changed, 36IC5 will not be an image suite. We want to develop in the direction of a graphics editor which can handle huge images, has a great interface and has the potential to overpower photoshop. As you can see we won’t be able to achieve this using the current 36-image converter engine. We tried to implement the use of surfaces in 36IC4.6 but it failed because the code was too complex and simple tasks like resizing or rotating failed. So 36-image converter 5 “Hummingbird” will be completely based on 36-image express.

36-image express still is too buggy and the subwindows are too static, but when it is out of Beta it will be the base we are going to use to create “Hummingbird”. We will then port all features of the 36IC4 object based engine to the new surface based engine to allow faster operations and bigger image sizes.

36IC5 has to allow the use of layers which do not get rasterized immediately, has to support a project filetype, plugins, interactive tutorials, all current v4.6+ functions and has to have a new image processing unit which can handle filters, because the current internal filters system is too slow. We will probably also drop the DashBoard for something far bigger.

When we will start development is still unknown since we have to get a stable and more flexible 36-image express first and of course we have planned some more magnificent 36-image converter 4 releases, but the dream of providing something better than photoshop for free is finally coming into sight.

36-image express, one week roundup

The first week in the existence of 36-image express is over and it did quite well. On our servers it’s chasing 36-image converter’s tail in popularity and on download.com it’s slightly coming of the ground with a decent 18 downloads on the first day (other results are still unknown of download.com). One person broke the Reasonable Feedback Agreement by giving us a 1/5 rating on one of the download sites without specifying why, but these anonymous events will remain unpunished unless they run out of hand. 36Ix was downloaded 553 times in one week, which is decent for a new application. It was uninstalled 103 times giving a 81% satisfaction rate which is much higher than the  40% of 36-image converter and had 1 small update to the installer. So far for the numbers.

Now let’s hope people will download 36-image express when they aren’t satisfied with 36-image converter, it will have to do until we fix a few of the most annoying issues with the coming of 36-image converter 4.6, the unreadable interface, the memorybloat, and the fatal bug in many filetypes.

Release : 36-image express 1.0 finished!

We have just finished 36-image express, our new lightweight image converter based on 36-image converter. This release is Beta build 1.0.1.100b.

36-image express is a lightweight image converter and viewer that can open 36 filetypes and convert them to 15 others.

It is based on 36-image converter but is much lighter and has a very distinguishing interface.
It has a build in help file, support for large images, image encryption and password protection and a minimalist yet functional interface.

Input Filetypes :

bmp, jpeg, jpg, gif, png, tif, ico, psd, cut, pic, cel, pbm, pgm, ppm, pdd, bw, rgb, rgba, sgi, rla, rpf, pcc, pcx, icb, eps, fax, tga, tiff, dib, rle, emf, wmf, psp, pcd, tif, icb, jfif, pii, rawpii

Output Filetypes :

BMP, DIB, Jpeg (native), Jpeg (advanced), JP2, GIF, PNG, JNG, ICO, CUR, PCX, WMF, EMF, PII, RAWPII

36-image express in action

36-image express in action

It is available for download at : 36Ix_setup.exe

36-image express beta nearing completion

We are laying the final hand on 36-image express ‘Dragonfly’ Beta. The development alpha is currently in build 99  (0.1.0.99) which means that in one build (1.0.1.100) it will be ready to be released into the public. We are still tinkering and tweaking some things at the moment to optimize it for a bugless experience.

It will also be the first phoenxsoftware product to include an RFA (Reasonable Feedback Agreement) in the EULA which states some simple points which are prohibited to discuss or address in feedback to 36-image express. This is necessary to protect 36-image express from the people that took down 36-image converter and made it bloated by almost forcing us to add impossible features. And violations of this agreement will be taken very seriously.

We hope that this will be the first step in the direction of more qualitative products and a better coöperation between our users and us. You can expect the first beta of 36-image express to be released tomorrow in the afternoon.

36-image express slightly delayed but development successful

36-image express wasn’t released this weekend because some minor issues with the port of the 36-image converter modules to 36-image express. But the release is approaching with huge steps. We have now added a new version of the conversion engine of 36-image converter called 36-convert and we have completely added support for both writing and reading encrypted pii images. The current build is Build 97a and Build 100b will be the release build. So just three more builds to evolve from internal alpha to public beta. We still have to add error messages for memory overloading, the help section and language pack support, then we’ll check the build in any possible way and release the beta on phoenxsoftware.com and download.com.

We also found a few bugs in 36-image converter 4.5 which cause the jpeg2000 conversion function to malfunction and make it unable to read PII files. So we will probably release a 36IC 4.6 with these bugs fixed, with the new 4.6 interface native and with the new conversion engine 36convert which will replace AlphaConvert and BetaConvert. Support for bigger images will have to wait.