Friday, November 4, 2011

Simple chess game for BlackBerry PlayBook

For the last months I developed a new app for the BlackBerry PlayBook: my first game I ever created AND released ;)
It's a really simple chess game where two human players can play against each other (on the same device). I plan on adding computer player(s) but that feature will come in a future version. I have no idea when this future version will be released because I have other projects I have to finish for university and some other small private projects I want to focus on first.

The game is called Play Chess and is available in the BlackBerry App World. And the good thing about this is: it's free!
At first I thought about a try&buy version but that didn't work out (the App World vendor portal is c....). Maybe a future version with built in AI will cost something but for now it's free and if you like it, you can donate as usual ;)

There's nothing more to say about the chess game: just download it via the App World and give me feedback.
Oh, one more thing: it's beta software, so don't expect it to be perfect!

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Thursday, November 3, 2011

Another quick Simple Battery Widget update

I just released a small update to the Simple Battery Widget for Android 2.2+. The new option to display the Android battery usage instead of the battery statistics dialog should now also work on Honeycomb (3.x) devices.
So all those tablet users should head over to the Android Market and download the update.

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Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Userscript for OpenCaching.com

I recently released my 3rd Greasemonkey userscript: OpenCaching.com HelperI created it because I was not satisfied with the feature set of OpenCaching.com, a great alternative to Geocaching.com.
Maybe a quick info for all those who don't know geocaching: With the help of GPS you try to find different types of cache containers. Simply put, it's a modern treasure hunting game.


Those who don't know Greasemonkey: it allows you to customize the way a webpage displays using JavaScript. Greasemonkey is an add-on for Firefox and userscripts are the webpages customizations. Userscripts can also be installed in Google Chrome without any installing the Greasemonkey add-on.


Now what does my Greasemonkey userscript do?
It currently just allows you to automatically check distances to existing caches (includes active, inactive caches and those under review); open the currently displayed cache on geocaching.com (via gc/oxcode); and check for existing caches around coordinates on geocaching.com.
So very simple features but in my opinion most useful for reviewing caches.

Now there's one problem with this script: it only works in Google Chrome. For some odd reason, it won't work in Firefox, but I hope, that I'll find a solution to this problem soon.

Now I hope you like the userscript and send me feedback and suggestions for new features.

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