Archive for November, 2008
My first freeware application – Scoop – got added to the Adobe AIR Marketplace 5 days ago. I just checked the latest download/install figures from Adobe and there have been almost 1,500 installations of the software made since it got launched on the Adobe site just 5 days ago!
I’ve had a tonne of feedback for this Google Reader online/offline desktop app in the last week – some good and some constructive but what certainly seems clear is that a lot of people see the benefits of using an app like this that can make offline google reading / tagging/ starring possible
I’m planning to implement a whole bunch of requested features over the next few weeks/months depending on how much free time I get
Just a quick tip for any AIR developer’s searching for why there’s no addChild method in the NativeWindow class – I wasted a fair while on this over the weekend. I was adding Flex components to the stage property of NativeWindow and trying various other work arounds. Although you don’t get errors for doing this the Flex components never appear when you test your app!
If you want to add Flex components to a new NativeWindow in AIR then this is what Window class is for. So don’t waste time creating a new NativeWindow and activating it, just create/subclass the Window class not NativeWindow and you’ll find all the stanard Flex component properties and methods
Scoop is an RSS Feed Reader Adobe Air Application with offline/online Google Reader syncronization built in. It keeps track of multiple Google Reader accounts simultaneously. Read, tag and star your scoops/posts on the train or wherever you like and Scoop will syncronize your changes with Google when you’re back online.
Current features included in this first Beta:
- Offline mode – all new posts/feeds get stored locally + offline changes you make get syncronized with Google when you’re back online
- Instant notifications of new scoops/posts from your favorite blogs and websites.
- Popular Google Read keyboard short cuts like J/K for moving forwards and backwards through your reading lists.
- Auto-update feature – the application will alert you when a new version of Scoop becomes available.