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Share Haiku – Now in Google Play Store

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Share Haiku Icon


Share Haiku – For Android™

Creating Haiku poetry is fun and rewarding and anyone can do it! Haiku poems are short and follow some simple rules which can exercise your brain and creative thinking skills.

Share Haiku is an Android app that encourages the creation and sharing of haiku poetry written in English.  Many people around the world are learning English. Haiku poetry expressed in the English language is a great tool to learn English words and their meanings.

View the examples others have shared then try creating some of your own if you are new to writing haiku. The Share Haiku app also includes the rules and tips for getting started.

Need a challenge to jump-start your day?  Try creating and sharing a new haiku every day! Can you haiku?

Photographs, Capture The Moment In Our Space And Time

I have used photography to do just as the title suggests since I was 5 years old.  Photographs can tell many stories and I think it would be interesting to see what photo stories are likely to show up each day.

I have been working on another mobile Android compatible app which should open up the ability to do this. Worldwide.

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Life Photo Today launch icon.

Life Photo Today is still in the development stage but I am excited to have enough of it functional soon to begin Alpha testing of the concept. You can keep up with development progress and participate in testing by joining the DevLab Community I have set up for early testing of my applications.

So the current concept I am working on to facilitate include:

  • Share a photograph captured on an Android powered mobile phone or tablet device with a connection to the Internet.
  • Shared photographs include a caption, description and assignment to a general Category.
  • View a list of shared photos optionally selected by most recent, most recent by Category, most popular, and user contributions.
  • Viewing a single photo offers the opportunity to gather viewer acceptance of the image as valid within restrictions and guidelines in a published User Policy.
  • Votes are assessed values on a five point scale. 1 = BAN (1 ban will restrict this photo from being viewed again until it is reviewed for User Policy restriction violations by an administrator. ME; ha! 🙂  ) to 5 = Really Like!
  • Users will be able to view all of their contributions and see how other users have rated them.
  • View more details about an image by tapping on the image to reveal a user supplied description and map showing an approximate location where the photo was recorded.
  • No social interaction between users, no user identification attribution for a photo is revealed to public.
  • Photographer retains all commercial intellectual property rights to the image, while allowing a licence for a low resolution image to be stored, displayed and shared via Life Photo Today and user selected social endpoints.

Those of you who choose to get early access to this effort and help define workflow presentation and usefulness to technical issues can participate in the DevLab discussions. I hope the joint effort leads to a technically stable client-to-cloud system that is simple, informative and entertaining to use.

NOTE: For my friends who knows the label Cheeky Raider. I can see a possible companion app that falls into the “gaming” category of apps in Google Play.  Don’t know if that effort is viable but my implementation goes more toward my interests in the concept that photographs are records of a moment in space and time within the human experience.  Let me know what you think.

I have ideas for other features which I think will add more interest and value to the app but for now I need to focus on getting a viable application out for user testing and feedback. More information to add to the DevLab, feedback monitoring, new information on this site…

You see… It isn’t all about just coding the app that determines if others perceive it as available, useful or entertaining.


Map It! Rev.5 Available in Beta Test

Map It! has already become a very useful tool for me and this version is a reflection of many hours and days of testing in the field.  My usual routes are in rural areas with very spotty to no cell service so responding to poor communications has been quite challenging and time consuming.

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Map It! Launch Icon

This version was an effort to improve reliability of the Navigation Map under difficult situations.  I replaced the new Google Activity Recognition Service with an algorithm of my own design improving the map’s responsiveness to user movements and reliability.

I will have an opportunity to do more extensive testing tomorrow and if there is no show-stopping feedback from volunteer testers in the DevLab, then I will publish this version to Google Play for release to the general public.

I have several ideas based on my own needs for future enhancements including new features. But for now, more field testing and updating the info page for Map It! on this site will be my primary concern.

Map It! Rev. 4 Moved to Beta Testing

Now testing for user workflow, performance and discovery of problems which show up on different devices.

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Map It! Launch Icon

If you are interested in getting a preview and helping me with your feedback on problems and usability, consider joining the Dusty Reins DevLab Community on Google+.  Your response will help me decide when it is ready to  publish to the public on Google Play.  More information getting access to the Beta is available in the DevLab.

I am really excited about this app because it is a working tool for me.  Therefore, It gets a lot of practical testing from me! ha!  Future enhancements are in the works which is useful to me in my part-time job.

Dusty Reins DevLab
Join my team in a Google+ Community!

I would like to hear from you about how you use the app as well.  You can comment below or on my Google+ and Facebook pages in addition to the DevLab community page.