Archive for April, 2008

Cheap Ass Gamer

Wednesday, April 16th, 2008

All gamers looking for cheap deals (and really, who isn’t?) – the site you’re looking for is Cheap Ass Gamer. CheapyD and his crew host some great forums for sharing deals, trading games and talking about gaming (especially for those of you feeling nostalgic for the games of yore). Wouldn’t you know it, they’re also fans of Gamepedia! So if you’re into gaming and stretching your dollar a bit further for MORE games, check out their site.

Thank You Core Animation Engineers

Friday, April 4th, 2008

The newest version of the Pedias includes a Cover Flow view. Lucky for us, Apple’s Core Animation framework is excellent and so intuitive that it made Cover Flow possible. Apple even provides a sample application from which we copied our implementation; saving us lots of time. Not only does it provide the Core Animation code but also threading to load only the covers that are needed in the background thus keeping the Pedias responsive and light.

It’s not until I started programming with Core Animation that I realized how convenient it truly is. It takes care of everything no matter what happens in between. For example if a user clicks the forward arrow and then the back arrow, core animation reverses the animation without a stutter. It lets me take advantage of the graphic card in your computer without having to learn OpenGL; which is quite complex.

We are really excited how movies, books, games and CDs fade, fall in, pop, slide, scroll and twist in our new Cover Flow view and all without much code. If you are a Cocoa programmer, dive into Core Animation; if you are a Pedia user take our new version out for a spin. Either way, head on over to our videos page for a quick glimpse of the new Cover Flow view

Version 4.2

Friday, April 4th, 2008

We just released version 4.2 of the Pedias – you can download it from our website or through the built-in update function in each program. This release includes Cover Flow (for Leopard users) and the long-awaited new iSight code among other goodies, improvements and fixes. For a full list of release notes, check out the individual “What’s new?” pages: DVDpedia, Bookpedia, CDpedia, Gamepedia

Did you know? Sorting author or director by last name

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2008

You can sort the author or director column by last name first without having to change the order from “Steven Spielberg” to “Spielberg, Steven”. Just hold down the Option key and then sort the column again.