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Editing Themeroller Themes for JQuery Mobile UI.

I came across a great theme that was developed using JQuery Mobile Themeroller. The theme sees flat UI elements, which is exactly what I want for the look of  my app. Its slick and bold looking and I feel it will contrast nicely with the amazing photo content that I will have in my app.

Below is a great tutorial on editing themes and creating swatches to add to themes. I will be using this to help me start making some of my own changes to the existing theme.

http://www.adobe.com/devnet/dreamweaver/articles/theme-control-jquery-mobile.html

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‘For the craic/the lols/the bants’

So I submitted my app to The Appys. 

The GSK App-cademy is about discovering talented student app developers and rewarding their ideas. Which is cool cause 1. I’m a student and 2. I like rewards!

I have to submit a Case Study by May 14th and then present it to a panel of judges on June 20th.

We’ll see how it goes ay?!

http://www.theappys.ie/app-cademy/

Ragin’ I missed this!

So, unfortunately for me I came across an advertisement for this Easter Rising Conference a little too late, as it was sold out. Would have been really cool and helpful to have gone along. I will admit though, I did send a ‘cheeky’ email asking if they could squeeze me in somewhere. One of the organizers got back to me saying that it was completely jammed and for insurance reasons they couldnt allow it. Oh well, no harm in tryin’ I suppose ; )

http://1916conference.wordpress.com/programme/

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Redesigning my content

So I met with Daniel following our mid-semester presentations. In a nutshell, I had nowhere near enough content for the app.

I had an idea that that might be the case with it. The thing is, is I know theres plenty of content out there for my app, but my concern was trying to get permissions for the content.

I had recently been in contact with Photo Permissions at the National Photographic Archives. They sent me back an application form that I would have to fill out with all the individual photos that I want to use, which would then be reviewed. The time that the application could take, along with the possibility of them rejecting it was making me anxious. However, following my meeting with Daniel, he gave me the go-ahead to get my hands on every photo I could and use them for the app. For the moment, its a matter of submitting this as my final year project. Thats as far as it can go for now. But he reassured me that if I wanted to further development my idea that I could worry about copyright issues then.

I was delighted with this information as I immediately saw the benefits of having a wide selection of photos in the app.

It was also suggested that some video and audio would greatly add to the user experience. So with that in mind, I got in touch with Lorcan Collins of the 1916 Rebellion Walking Tour. He would be perfect for this.

Building this app is a new experience for me, and I feel I have come along way in terms of what I have learnt about the process. However, I’m still a rookie at the end of the day, so guidance like this, from my lecturers, is greatly valued and appreciated.

I’m gonna re-think how I can create this user experience. I want to bring the app to that level.

BELIEVE IN YOSELF!!!!

The User Experience – Review of History Apps

The Rebellion Walking Tour that I went on last weekend really helped me in getting a look at things from the users perspective. To a certain extent I also became a user so I had to take note of the things that struck me most about the tour and about what questions I was eager to ask.

I did some more reading on the topic of interactive walking tours and how there are more and more apps being designed to try and recreate the experience of a walking tour. Below is a good article that I read on interactive walking tours and the experiences that can be created using our mobile smart devices.

http://www.xconomy.com/boston/2007/10/31/mobile-and-interactive-in-boston-on-the-run-with-untravel-and-urban-interactive/

“travel and entertainment content developed especially for mobile platforms”

“the devices’ ability to bring you information and applications that can vastly enrich your experience of the world outside your home or office.”

“forces you to look outward and learn about the world around you.”

““walking slide shows,” that combine audio and still images”

“full of nerdy but fascinating detail”

“electronic platforms can also enhance our experience and understanding of real outdoor environments full of hidden historical or architectural detail”

 

Gallery Slideshows for JQuery Mobile

So Ive researched a few plugins. I have one working prototype but Im having trouble displaying the thumbnails as a grid.

The working prototype’s plugin is from Photo Swipe

http://www.photoswipe.com/

But I’ve come across this plugin below that Im gonna give a go too. I’d prefer the gallery to not display as a grid of thumbnails. This plugin below displays them as one image across the screen with navigation controls, which is what I want.

http://www.pixedelic.com/plugins/camera/

I’ll report back……..

 

Reporting back……

So I got the Pixedelic plugin to work and it looks pretty cool…. but maybe a little tacky for me to be honest. The gallery plays through the photos with some ‘gross’ transitions. I might have a look at the code and see if I can remove some of these animations. I’m not really into them.

I’m gonna go on another search and see what other plugins I can find.

ROLL OUT DEM THEMES.

THEMEROLLER

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IM TWEEKIN’ N’ TWERKIN’

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Photo content permissions

While in town the other day, I stopped into the National Photography Archives in Temple Bar. It is part of the National Library of Ireland, which holds the most comprehensive collection of Irish documentary material in the world. The National Library collections comprise a number of formats, which have been grouped into four categories: Printed (books, periodicals, newspapers, official publications, maps and music), Manuscripts, Visual (photographs, prints & drawings, and ephemera) and Digital

 

I wanted to enquire about how I would go about using archived photos from the time of the Easter Rising for my app.

I picked up some contact details while I was in the gallery for Glenn Dunne. He looks after the reproduction and publishing of National Library material. I sent him an email today, so hopefully he gets back to me soon enough.

http://www.nli.ie/en/accessing-photographs.aspx