Official launch: Phix – Photo and filter sharing service.


Today we are pleased to announce the official launch of our Phix photo and filter sharing service. Phix has been online for quite a bit longer and iPhix for Mac users could enjoy it during that time, but today we feel it’s mature enough to launch officially. Especially since the redesigned homepage went online yesterday. At the moment only two apps support Phix, iPhix for Mac and MonoPhix HD for iPad, but the iPhone version of MonoPhix and others will follow very soon. It’s not out of beta yet, but that’s just because we are still improving the service every day.

Phix

What does Phix do that other photo sharing apps don’t?

Phix is not only a photo sharing app, but also allows people to share their complete history of changes they made to the original opened image in a “recipe”. In this way you can show people how you got the result you uploaded and how they can get the same result on their pictures. The online photo viewer automatically detects which app is used and shows the right recipe for your picture. Additionally you can also decide to display EXIF and location data. (Only supported by some apps) But the biggest strength of Phix is that it allows you to upload images without hassle and that you don’t need log in information and that it doesn’t ask for Twitter or Facebook credentials. It just “Share” > Add description > “Upload”. Phix will then return a short link to share back to the app.

Picture recipe

How will people find the picture I upload to Phix?

Very simple, you get a shortlink to the viewer page of your picture which you can share on various social networks like Twitter or Facebook. Phix keeps track of all views your picture has and displays them at the bottom of the info box. Additionally, if your picture is nice or artistic enough it can be featured on the homepage mosaic where people can click on your picture and are redirected to the viewer page.

Shortlink dialog of iPhix.

What improvements will be made in the future?

In the future people will be able to leave comments on your pictures and you will be able to create an account on the site where you can add the apps you are sharing pictures from. You will also be able to download recipes straight to your apps and they will automatically be applied. Of course there will also be a greater number of apps you can use to upload pictures.

If you want to try Phix for yourself, head over to the homepage and download one of the supported apps or you can check what other people uploaded.

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iDuelpro Mobile 1.0 first Iphone Application!

We uploaded iDuelpro Mobile V1.0 for approval by Apple this evening. This means that soon you will be able to enjoy the yugioh tcg lifepoints aid Duelpro on your Iphone/Ipod Touch. 

It was a long battle that took us through Xcode, the worst and less user friendly IDE on the earth, made us pay 99$ to be able to build applications for the Iphone, made us go through a trial and error configuration of Apple Developers certificates and identities. To give you an idea, the application was written in an hour. It took three days to configure everything to actually release iDuelpro Mobile and get it signed. One good thing came out of this. I was so tired of weeding around through configurations that I had to make iDuelpro Mobile freeware, otherwise I had to go through a paid applications membership or something like that…

So some good advice for Apple :
-Trash Xcode and go for a more Visual Studio style IDE
-Add error messages to it, so that developers can figure out what’s wrong
-Simplify the certification and signing process  a lot
-Update your online help
-If a file won’t upload tel the developer what’s wrong with it

I certainly want to thank all Discussion boards/helpdesks and independent tutorial writers for doing what Apple should do : Answer questions and give support!

You will be notified on this blog when iDuelpro Mobile is online.

36-image converter 4.4.6 coming today!

After our 36-image converter version 4.4.5 was finally released on Download.com, we can now release the scheduled version V4.4.6. V4.4.6 will have a tool to remove red eyes and will contain some extra color filters. 

It will be available for download as soon as Download.com uploads it, we learned today that that can take from one day to a week. But you can discover version 4.4.5 in the meanwhile.

36-image converter 4.4.5.x stuck in uploading process on Download.com!

You will have to wait a bit longer to receive an update for your version 4.4.4, since the uploading process on Download.com isn’t going smoothly. We release regular updates and use Download.com as our only server to maintain a certain popularity and to immediately supply the user with new features and bugfixes. The popularity could be one of the issues, personally I think that the download.com staff wants to put a hold to the stream of updates that’s keeping 36-image converter popular. In the waiting process we already lost a huge percentage of our daily download count and it’s still diminishing from 330 last week to 165 today. 

So tomorrow is download.com’s last chance to release the 36-image converter 4.4.5, we already contacted them and if they won’t upload it by tomorrow we will stop our monthly premium services.