Dusty Reins has been developing software since 1976 for end-users and international business systems for IBM and clients. But did you know he is also a part-time Texas cowboy, a contemporary historian, storyteller, photographer, videographer, and producer?
Dusty established CaptiveImage.us as a business venture in 1982 that is still growing and he has three YouTube channels.
I have had a lot of distractions the past few weeks delaying work on the new app. In Rev. 2, Life Photo Today becomes LPT for shorthand and sports a dark app theme which enhances the visibility of the images I hope.
I have introduced an Alpha Testing status update screen on startup and will now allow the sharing of any gallery photo except those taken the same day. I will allow photos from any date once I have worked out the bugs in the live cam capture and share feature.
If you are interested in helping me test and develop this new app then join the Dusty Reins DevLab Community and look in the Life Photo Today – Testing discussion area for a link to download the app for early access and testing. It is usually easier to do this on your mobile device via Google+.
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.
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.
Now testing for user workflow, performance and discovery of problems which show up on different devices.
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.
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.