Game Cloud - Version 2

Version 2 of Game Cloud has been released! Here's a list of the new features:

  • Real-time chat
  • Ask for Help (in-app wiki)
  • Welcome window/tutorial
  • Platform attribute for saved game info
  • File filter for determining files to sync
  • Bug fixes and minor UI changes

InstaTech Release

A while ago, I released "version 1" of InstaTech. I'm still debating whether I want to make a serious marketing effort just yet, or at all.

So, while I'm on the fence about that, I figured I'd at least start sharing and mentioning it. InstaTech is a suite of tools for providing IT support. It has a remote control application, live chat support, and workstation management bundled together.

The website is at https://instatech.org, which is also available from the Projects menu above. On the Downloads page, there are prebuilt clients that are ready-to-use and are completely free for personal use.

The remote control app requires a server to connect the client app and the viewer, which is web-based. Using a server to relay the connections is how it's able to traverse NATs and firewalls without any port forwarding. The clients on the Downloads page use a server that I'm hosting, but for business use, customers will need their own server.

The Package Builder will allow you to create your own server install package that has the client applications included. Try it out on your own IIS server! Oh, and there will also be a huge update coming to Game Cloud soon. :)

Game Cloud Update

Today, I released a long-overdue update for Game Cloud.  Up until now, the app was downloading a copy of all the game's files stored on the server to compare them against the local ones.  It was a really poor design, and it's been on my to-do list for a while.

Game Cloud should now be a lot faster when syncing.  Woohoo!

Beta Release of Game Cloud

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Good evening, everyone!

I’m incredibly excited to share with you all that I finally have a beta release available for my latest application: Game Cloud! Please share this with all your nerdy/gamer friends. :) I need beta testers and lots of feedback before the final release, and any additional word-of-mouth exposure would be super helpful. Head over to the downloads page to grab the portable exe.

So what is Game Cloud, you ask? Well, allow me to tell you! It’s a cloud-based storage app specifically designed for PC games. Anyone who plays games through Steam should be familiar with the concept, which they call Steam Cloud. It syncs your saved games automatically, so you can play a game on one computer and pick up where you left off on another. Game Cloud does the same thing, only it can be used for any game, not just supported Steam games.

This project has been a much larger undertaking than I had originally anticipated, but the results have been totally worth it. It’s fully functioning and ready to use. I just need to add some finishing touches, get feedback from actual users, and continue testing a little more thoroughly to make sure all the bugs have been worked out.

So please share this with your friends! I’m excited to hear what other gamers think about it and see how well it holds up to real-world use.

Thanks and goodnight!

 

Photo Manager’s Official Release

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I’ve released the official 1.0 version of Photo Manager. I’m considering it now to be out of beta! Woohoo! The Backup tab has been removed from the Advanced mode since I don’t think the feature would be very useful. The Clean Up Duplicates feature is completed.

I made some changes to the website as well. I took down the Source and Subscribe links since they weren’t being used much. The mailing list thing was kind of overkill anyway. I’ve moved my source control from Bitbucket to Visual Studio Online, and I started using Team Foundation instead of Git. And boy, do I love it! I’m not sure if I’ll make my repos public again, though.

Now that all my desktop apps are in general release, I’m going to focus on mobile apps for Windows and Windows Phone. I still have other ideas for desktop apps, and I’m sure I’ll get around to them some day. I’ll be posting updates when I have something available on the Windows Store!

 

A Better Clipboard Version 1.3.3

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ABC has undergone some more updates!  It can now compile and run C# snippets on the fly, which might be useful for other developers.  I also improved the fluidity of the animation when docking the window and the speed at which \”check for updates\” completes.

Enjoy! :)

 

A Better Clipboard Version 1.2

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Quick update.  Version 1.2 of A Better Clipboard is now available.  It has a new \”Dock Window\” feature that will send the window to a small square in the corner of the screen that can be clicked to expand it.  It’s always on top of other windows and can be quickly collapsed to the corner again, making it easier to keep open while working in various other applications.

It also has the new fade-in effect I’ve been adding to the splash screens, and you can now click to close it immediately.

 

New Features Added to Photo Manager

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Photo Manager version 0.9.5.3 is out, and it comes with a couple new features!  The most exciting addition, in my opinion, is the Group by Event feature.  This will let you easily group pictures by event and move them into their own folder.  Events are determined by the length of time between when one picture was taken and the next/previous.  You specify a time span, and any groups of pictures that have no gaps larger than that span will be shown to you with the option of grouping some or all of them.

While my wife was testing it out tonight, she made some really awesome suggestions for ways to improve the UI and functionality, so expect to see some refining in future updates.

Other additions include a \”Check for Updates\” command in the Help menu (geared toward the portable version) and an improved transition between the Basic and Advanced modes.  Previously, it required a restart of the application, which would cause problems if using the portable version, and you hadn’t unblocked the file.

In addition to planned updates for Photo Manager, IFFY, and EFF, I also have another application that I’ll be releasing soon.  This new program is the first WPF app I’ve made (versus Windows Forms), so I’m pretty excited about it.  I learned a lot while making it.  :)

I think that’s about it for updates.  Well, except for the fact that I’m posting from my brand new laptop that I got for Christmas!  Thanks, honey!  <3  Hopefully everyone had a good Christmas and will have a safe New Year’s!

 

Just in time for Christmas…

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Happy Holidays, everyone!

With Christmas almost upon us, it’s been all kinds of busy.  I think my wife and I are ready for a vacation.  =)  But I’ve still managed to make some progress on Photo Manager!  The \”Group by Event\” feature is almost completed, and I’ll be releasing a new version as soon as it’s done.

I’ve also got some new ideas brewing.  On top of the serverless chat program idea, I’ve also been thinking about creating a \”Copy Anything, Paste Anywhere\” program.  Kind of like an unlimited clipboard that can store formatted text, which could then be pasted anywhere.  For me, it’d be a place to merge a bunch of templates for various programs and provide \”templates\” for applications that don’t have any, such as things like Lync.

I also want to do a network speed tester, a WIM-mounting tool, and a tool I made at work for storing alternate credentials (administrator credentials, primarily) and launching applications in an elevated process.

Another project that may or may not come to fruition would be on Windows 8.1/Windows Phone and would involve a volume meter.  More on that later if it looks like it will pan out.  =)

For now, enjoy the holidays!

 

IFFY and EFF Released!

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Both IFFY (I’ll Find Files for You) and EFF (Empty Folder Finder) are available for download!

IFFY can help you find misplaced files by performing searches based on answers to simple questions. There are also advanced filters for narrowing your search.

EFF searches for empty folders, typically left behind by software uninstalls, so you can remove them. It’s mainly for picky people like me who like to keep their file system extremely tidy. There are also options for finding nearly-empty folders.

Check ’em out!