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Introducing Browse500, the first Nougat app on the iOS App Store!

January 17, 2013 in Elements, iOS, Nougat, Photography

I’m more than thrilled to announce the immediate availability of Browse500.app, the very first app written in Oxygene “Nougat” to be submitted to and approved for the iOS App Store.

Dog-fooding is important, and as you know, we do a lot of it here at RemObjects. In early December i started out creating a small “real life” iOS app with the goal of (a) putting Nougat thru its paces, test it and find bugs, (b) create a nice sample application that illustrates Nougat and core iOS and Cocoa concepts in a real application and (c) “test” App Store submission.

I did not expect any problems with app store approval — after all, Nougat creates 100% native Cocoa apps that are virtually indistinguishable from those created with Xcode and Objective-C, but i wanted too “prove” that a Nougat app gets accepted (even with “Oxygene” in the compiler meta data, for example).

I was not disappointed. I submitted Browse500 on December 28th, the day the iTunes Connect (the place where you submit apps) was back from its holiday shutdown, and version 1.0 was approved just a few days later. I did not put 1.0 live in the store for two reasons: for one i’ve been working on the app and kept improving it while 1.0 was waiting for review, and for another, there were a few bugs and leaks that would kill the app after some period of browsing because it ran out of memory. Those were easily fixed thanks to Instruments. 1.0.2 was submitted last week and approved last night.

So what is Browse500?

 

From the user’s perspective, it’s a nice little app to browse the 500px photo community. It lets you browse popular and, as they call it, “fresh” photos, view individual photos full screen, and drill into individual user’s portfolios to see all their photos.

It’s simple, it’s quick, and it turns out i actually use it all the time myself to browse photos.

I’ll be expanding it over time; i have a “bookmark” feature in the works that’s not active in 1.0.2 yet (but that i’ve been using frequently), i have more navigation ideas, and i want to add support for logging authenticating (right now the app browses anonymously only), voting, favoriting, etc.

 

From the curious developer’s perspective, Browse500 is an open source app, [available on GitHub], written in 100% Oxygene Nougat that illustrates a wide range of iOS technologies and concepts, including:

  • The awesome and fluid kind of standard UI you get by using the proper iOS frameworks rather that weird hack frameworks that aren’t native
  • Use of UITableViews and iOS 6′s awesome new UICollectionView, which i use to implement the main “album” view of the app
  • Using custom UICollectionViewCells and custom UIViews
  • Working with both XIB-based and all-in-code views
  • Using Grand Central Dispatch to write asynchronous code that loads images and data from the net on demand and in the background — you’ll see that the album view is an endless stream of photos that just keeps filling with more as you scroll until 500px runs out of photos to show you
  • Using iCloud to sync settings (1.0.2 as one setting) and data (the 1.1 will have the bookmark feature alluded to above)
  • Using third party Objectve-C APIs (the app uses the open source PXAPI library to talk to 500px.com)
    … and much more

As mentioned, the app is on the App Store now, so if you are mainly interested in playing around, go get it (it’s free). And of course it’s a Universal app for iPhone and iPad.

The app is also fully open source. You can get the full source code from the GitHub repository (you will need the latest Nougat beta), and i would appreciate feedback, comments and &mdashl of course — pull requests.

Also, don’t forget to rate the app on the App Store!

 




(Disclaimer: The photos in this view are not by me.)

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Happy New Year 2013!

January 1, 2013 in non-tech, Photography

Happy New Year 2013

 

A happy and successful new year of 2013, from everybody here at RemObjects Software!

We have lots of great things planned and in the works for 2013, and can’t wait to share them with you.

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Happy New Year 2012

December 31, 2011 in Photography

Happy New Year
“View From The Top“ — Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado, September 2011.

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Pioneer Tree

June 7, 2010 in Photography

Big-Ass Tree

Giant Redwood on the Pioneer Tree Trail in Samuel P Taylor State Park, California. Infrared. Taken while out photo shooting with Michael Swindell of Embarcadero Technologies north of San Francisco, this afternoon.

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Find the Golden Gate Bridge

June 6, 2010 in Photography

Golden Gate Bridge. No, Really.

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San Francisco, Airborne

June 5, 2010 in Photography

I had the good luck of having a complete isle-window block of seats to myself on the flight into San Francisco, today, so i took the opportunity to take some pictures in flight. Lot’s of good stuff, but these two stuck out as favorites on first review in Lightroom, so i thought i’d share them:

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The coastal line north of San Francisco. This should be some of the area where Michael Swindell and i were photo shooting last summer. For instance, i believe the small set of islands 2/3rds from the right are the ones with the lighthouse shown here.

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The Golden Gate Bridge, covered in a bank of fog.

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And finally, downtown San Francisco, with the Bay Bridge and Treasure Island at the top.

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Schlachthof 5

March 28, 2010 in non-tech, Photography

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They started taking down one of the last ruins of the old east-german slaughterhouse here in Friedrichshain, right next to the Blankenstein Park i’ve featured in pictures earlier [1, 2]. Probably to make room for yet another super market. So i figured i’d go up there and sneak in, to get a new nice shot of the big hall while it still stands.

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I particularly like this next one, as it reminds me of the shot in Twelve Monkeys, where Cole is on the surface, collecting specimen in the run-down department store, with the light streaming in thru the broken ceiling, and we get this hint of christmas muzak to foreshadow the later scene where, in the past, the very same department store is still buzzing with life.

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All of these pictures were shot in infra-red and processed in Aperture 3, which has been testing my patience by being so. much. slower. than Lightroom. But alas, it gives better IR results. One of these days, i will need to look into creating a custom camera profile with Adobe’s NDG profiler, to get IR working better in Lightroom…

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Photo(s) of the Week #28

February 28, 2010 in non-tech, Personal, Photography, Xcode


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It’s been a while since i last posted photos. Has, in fact, been a while since i last got around to doing some decent shooting.

I mostly blame Xcode.

You see, when i started up serious photography in 2006, computing as my main hobby of choice had started failing me. Computer work, and programming, had become work, not a hobby, and i no longer felt like doing programming in my spare time. A year later, along came my first Mac (ironically because &ndash among other things – it allowed me to do the post-processing of my photos without having to deal with the scourge that is Windows), and about half a year later came interest in developing with Xcode, which turned around to be such an awesome and fun development environment that it turned around my apathy regarding programming and made me enjoy it enough, again, to do it in my spare time.

So these days, my weekends and evenings are, once again, spent developing cool stuff (like our Bugs 7 application or my OneSpace iPad app). Going out and shooting pictures moved a bit to the back burner. (of course, the cold Winter hasn’t helped, either ;).

In any case, today has been one of the first days of great (for February) weather here in Berlin, along with at times almost clear blue sky, and some great clouds, giving me the chance to whip out my camera and grab a few dozen nice shots for cloudporn.com, my neglected photo blog (SFW).

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These images were all shot on my converted D50 and the Nikkor 70-300mm. They are all infra-red, with only really minor retouching (contrast, mostly) in the new Aperture 3. While i’m usually a Lightroom guy, what i like about Aperture is that it allows me to preserve my in-camera calibrated white balance in infra-red short. (in Lightroom, it’d be impossible to get out images looking like these, except by converting to grayscale; the images you see here are not grayscaled).

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We’ll see how it goes, but for the new decade, i’ve sworn to find more balance and get out to do more photo shooting, once again…

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Happy New Year 2010!

January 1, 2010 in non-tech, Photography


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I wish all of our customers and readers a happy and successful new year of 2010. We have great things coming up, so 2010 should be a very exciting year!

Photo shot in Berlin Friedrichshain at the Frankfurter Allee, tonight at 12:43 AM.

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Introducing cloudporn.com

August 27, 2009 in Photography

I’ve started a new blog dedicated to my favorite kind of photography: clouds. The site will mainly be a photo blog format, providing frequent posts of photos of awesome cloudscapes, but it will also contain the occasional bit of prose, such as the Introduction to Infrared i just posted earlier this evening.

The site has the fitting title (and domain) of cloudporn.com. And yes, it’s entirely SFW.