Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Plasma Orb Live Wallpaper v1.0

  - Google Play Link (full)
  - Google Play Link (free)

A while back, mostly for debugging purposes, we added the ability to render out spline paths into the scene.  This actually worked pretty well, and so it seemed like a cool thing to make use of.  We did some searching and noticed that while there were a whole lot of plasma ball live wallpapers out there, none of them really simulated a plasma ball very well.

Thus, we have a new product!  Plasma Orb Live Wallpaper replicates and look and feel of an actual plasma ball extremely well, right on down to the reflectiveness of the glass.  It fully supports multiple touches (up to ten) and lets you customize colors, backgrounds, camera position, and all sorts of other stuff.

Let us know what you think!

Three of the built-in backgrounds are making use of Creative Commons Attribution media. Credit for the initial imagery goes to Sweety187Nicolas Raymond, and hmomoy!

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Aquarium Live Wallpaper v3.3

  - Update: Higher res plants!
  - Update: New fish!
  - Update: Nicer overhead light!
  - Bug Fix: Resizing issue on 4.4 devices
  - Google Play Link

Given Aquarium's popularity we really should've updated this one with the resizing fix sooner, but I elected to wait until we could get some updated content ready.  The main one is revisions to the plant imagery, they're quite a lot bigger and sharper now.  This work is courtesy of Kim Lathrop, who put a lot of time into updating the images while still keeping to the spirit of the originals.  Check out the comparison to the right!

This update also adds a new fish species to the list, and makes some changes to the motion of the overhead light.  It's a little nicer with more variety to it now, hopefully folks approve!

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Photosphere Live Wallpaper v1.02

  - Bug Fix: Image reading on 4.4+ devices
  - Bug Fix: Viewport resizing on 4.4+ devices
  - Update: Ad on settings page (free version)
  - Update: Higher res icon artwork
  - Google Play Link (free w/ ad)
  - Google Play Link (paid)

This is a maintenance update for Photosphere that should make it well behaved on the Nexus5 and other 4.4 devices.  We had to add a permission for some types of image access, and fixed some of the same assumptions that I detailed a few weeks back regarding image loading.  It should be in good condition now.  This one fell through the cracks a bit as it has some custom image reading code (for the photoshere metadata) that didn't fall under the net of the framework changes we made.

I feel somewhat guilty about it, but we added a single AdMob ad to the settings screen. There's now a paid version that removes this (if folks prefer) but honestly if you prefer, using the free version with an ad there is totally cool with us too.  Don't worry, it doesn't interfere with usage at all, it's just on the settings screen.  Once you're done there you'll never see it again.