iDuelpro Mobile 3.1 ready to be uploaded

A few weeks ago we first released a paid version of our yugioh LPC for iPhone, iDuelpro Mobile (v3.0) and now we already have a new update available. Dramatic updates always have drawbacks and receive a lot of criticism and hence some things had to be fixed and updated.

The “10.000” button is now removed and replaced by a button which pops-up a dialog to deal a custom amount of damage or to restore a custom amount of lifepoints, there is an undo button added to undo the last action as requested by some users and a button for direct kill combo’s or cards like exodia or destiny board.

If iDuelpro Mobile will keep on existing is still unclear, yesterday we had completely no sales and in the first two weeks Apple allowed thousands of people to update for free thus creating a potential loss of hundreds of dollars. We still have the cheapest full yu-gi-oh LPC available for the iPhone considering that any other LPC is 4,99$ or more, but since iDuelpro became paid people just don’t seem that interested.

You can still buy the current version for 0,99$ in the iTunes App Store

Native Duelpro 2009 coming to each platform

Duelpro 2009, our yu-gi-oh! TCG lifepoints calculator (with which it all started), will be natively ported to 3-4 platforms. For each OS, Duelpro 2009 will get a native interface so forget the colorful Duelpro 2008. Where Duelpro 2008 was build in Delphi, the next version will be build in Visual Studio C++ for Windows, Qt 4 for Linux and BSD (oDuelpro), Xcode for Mac OSX and iPhone (iDuelpro). This will bring a native feel to Duelpro. Of course we will still throw in the phoenxsoftware style interface by adding some styled graphics, but we are looking for a unified interface which will look good on any OS and which will be fast and easy to use.

Duelpro 2009 (5.0) will features :
-More custom buttons to add or subtract lifepoints
-New interface
-Dashboard on each OS
-Buttons to halve lifepoints on each OS
-Turn based dueling on each OS
-4 player support on each OS
-Unified Icon

iDuelpro Mobile 3.0 for iPhone/iPod Touch finished and uploaded

After a long time we have released another update to iDuelpro Mobile, an iPhone OS version of Duelpro, the most used yu-gi-oh! tcg lifepoints calculator.

The new version contains an entirely revamped smooth black interface with toolbar. Also the custom input box to enter a number of lifepoints to operate with has been replaced completely by a series of buttons with predefined amounts. Also the useless card counter has been removed and the empty space is now filled by buttons to halve a player’s lifepoints and buttons to simulate coin flips and dice rolls. For the first time also an online help file has been added.

iDuelpro Mobile 3.0 will soon be available in the iTunes Application store for 0.99$. Yes, we have to charge a small amount for iDuelpro Mobile because we have to pay 99$ a year to Apple to be allowed to make Apps for the iPhone. So without this minor charge iDuelpro for iPhone and iPod Touch would be condemned.

iDuelpro Mobile 3.0 splash screen

iDuelpro Mobile 3.0 splash screen

iDuelpro Mobile 3.0 screenshot

Still some tools to be updated

We already gave an update round to LockPhix, SpeedShut, iDuelpro Mobile and Duelpro 2008, making the first two OpenSource and applying the Phoenxsoftware XOSL (Opensource License). Now we still need to do some more tools, including FileTorment, LoadDown, CachePhix and ROC. I will briefly explain the coming updates to these tools.

First of all, the next tool to be updated will be FileTorment. FileTorment 4 will be released under the XOSL-license and will feature context menu deletion, stronger wiping tools for active applications and registered dll’s and interface changes which will make FileTorment easier to operate in case of mass file deletion. If there is time left we will add bulk deletion options.

The second tool which will be updated is ROC. ROC 1.1 will fix the error at boot and will also be released as OpenROC. OpenROC will be released under the GNU public license. In that way if an incident like the one with the recently released LockPhix (where a version was released containing a trojan+breaking the icon/image license) occurs again we can use GNU to put pressure on villains. The GPL will also enable us to incorporate strong opensource encryption algoritms instead of the encryption algoritm in the proprietary version. By also supplying an opensource version we can make sure that hackers aren’t able to decode the server-datastreams of the proprietary version. Keep in mind that the use of GPL is a one time event and that we do not encourage such licenses which force people to take certain actions thus destroying the entire concept of freedom.

The third tool to be released is LoadDown 2.2 which will also be made OpenSource under the XOSL license and which will feature a new interface, new options to limit the uptime and increased help documents.

The last update will be CachePhix 2.0 which will be released under the XOSL license and will feature adjustable options and operating system recognition.

So this makes 6 opensource tools and decent improvements this year for all our small system tools.

Release : Duelpro 2008.2

Before the release of Duelpro 2009 we have released another 2008 release, Duelpro 2008.2 (4.2.2.11).

This new version has the same quick operation buttons as iDuelpro Mobile and fixes some other minor issues, it also has a contrast mode for people who were unable to view the light interface.

It has already been added to most sites including yugioh-world and Pojo. But you can find it here on our site : http://www.phoenxsoftware.com/duelpro2008.html

iDuelpro Mobile for iPhone and iPod Touch update

I red a few comments on the current test release of iDuelpro Mobile for the iPhone and I learned a few things out of this. So I started the development for iDuelpro Mobile 2.0 and it’s already finished!

But don’t cheer too soon, it still has to be put online and this release process could suffer gigantic issues because, well the service Apple provides for iPhone developers just sucks.

You can expect the following improvements :
-Ability to add lifepoints
-Lifepoints bars to get a visual interpretation of a player’s lifepoints
-Quick keys to subtract amounts as 1000, 500 or 100
-Slightly altered interface
-Special page for Duelpro/iDuelpro/iDuelpro Mobile

So I hope you will enjoy this release if I ever succeed to release it into the App Store. It is expected to be released within the next 3 weeks.

EDIT (4th of January 09′ 00:05 (GMT+1)) :
I was able to upload the 2.0 version after struggling with the iPhone SDK and the iTunes uploader. I had to retry 20 times, but the result is there, V2.0 is in review and now it’s all in Apple’s hands…

Happy 2009 + What’s new in 2009!

First of all, Phoenxsoftware wishes you all the very best for 2009. In 2008 we had  a total of 131.635 visitors and our software was downloaded +-150.000 times. Now the first hours into 2009 we have had 47 visitors 91.8% windows, 6.9% Mac and 1% Linux, 16 downloading Duelpro 2008, 3 LoadDown, 2 ROC, 2 iDuelpro Widget, 1 FileTorment and 1 LockPhix. All very interesting statistics, but now what’s for the future?

I have made a pdf for all project members with the new 2009 releases and I’ll give you a walkthrough :

1. 36-image converter 4.5 “Chameleon” (freeware):

Most of you have been expecting this, a usable, solid version of 36IC which can display images up to 1920×1200 pixels, expected release date : January 4th 2009.

2. ROC 1.1 (freeware/OpenSource):

An update for ROC that fixes the annoying boot-error. expected release date : January 5th 2009. 

3.  Graverobber??? (freeware/Shareware):

A secret security related project. official date of announcement : 31st of January 2009

4. CN: “BookKeeper” (freeware/OpenSource):

An Invoice Creator that enables you to create invoices by entering data into a wizard. expected release date : 15th of March 2009.

5. Duelpro 2009 (5.0) (freeware):

A Duelpro with 4 player support and a lot of interactive and online capabilities. expected release date : ? 

6. CN: “Dragonfly” (freeware):

A light version of 36-image converter created to manage and open pictures in over 20 formats. Comparable to google’s picassa. expected release date : 15th of July 2009

7. CN: “Bermuda Triangle” (freeware):

 A powerful 3D modeling tool with own 3D technologies and filetypes. expected release date : 15th of September 2009.

8. CN: “Arachne” (freeware/Shareware):

A  commercial spider application, that indexes all webpages of a give domain and saves them in a log. expected release date : 15th of November 2009.

Things may change but this is what we have planned for 2009, more about some releases later.