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#1 Guest_ElatedOwl_*

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Posted 17 January 2013 - 10:39 AM

I was kicking around the idea of a desktop app (for personal use) that would sit in the tray and show alerts for new posts/messages. If there's any outside interest in it I would be happy to develop it right (read: purely not just for me) and be open to feature requests.

The very core of it would
  • Display new posts with a link to the thread
  • Display new messages with a link to it
  • Detect full screen apps and stop making requests if they're active (ie, it won't run if you're playing a game)
Other features I think would be nice if there was interest
  • Be able to send personal messages directly from the app
  • See online users
  • Be able to filter displaying new posts (ie, ignore new posts from user x, only show alerts for Everything Else section, etc)
It would be windows only (it might run on Mono but I wouldn't plan to support it), but I would (probably) build a web service if there's interest so if someone wanted to make a client for mac/linux they'd be able to easily.

So, any interest? If yes, any requested features?

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Posted 17 January 2013 - 10:44 AM

Sounds pretty nifty.
It would be useful for tracking the threads that I want to follow more closely, and if anyone tries to send me a message.
I can't think of any features that would be beneficial on top of what you have listed though.

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Posted 17 January 2013 - 10:56 AM

That'd be pretty awesome.
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Posted 17 January 2013 - 11:14 AM

That would be awesome.

You have a pretty comprehensive list of functions, i don't know what other functions we could want.

I'll think on it though.

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Posted 17 January 2013 - 03:38 PM

Don't worry about Mac compatibility, I could probably take a look at the code and design a duplicate using XCode that runs on OS X.

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Posted 18 January 2013 - 01:38 PM

We could make this the first NF project?
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Posted 27 January 2013 - 02:31 PM

We need this done. I'd be happy to help any time.

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Posted 27 January 2013 - 04:07 PM

I have a little bit of free time today so I'll get started, but keep in mind I don't get paid to do this and have no real incentive. Feel free to make your own client, I don't plan on supporting Mac anyway~

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Posted 27 January 2013 - 04:59 PM

I like my apps like I like my women.

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Posted 28 January 2013 - 02:25 AM

Feel free to make your own client, I don't plan on supporting Mac anyway~


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Posted 31 January 2013 - 12:24 PM

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Posted 31 January 2013 - 04:56 PM

I want I want


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Posted 01 February 2013 - 06:25 AM

Alright, fine, but when a Steve Jobs zombie comes knocking at your door and tries to kill you with an iPhone 7, don't come running to me :D


Steve jobs zombie? iLive app? question about the app, since I don't program at all, would it compatible with windows 8? I'll be getting a new PC (or 7 since I might downgrade)

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Posted 01 February 2013 - 09:57 AM

I'm not entirely sure TBH. I don't know how .NET handles certain OS specific functions for 8 (specifically how it handles the tray). If I had to guess it should work appropriately. (at least, that's the point of the .NET framework; but I wouldn't be too surprised if there were some compat issues)

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Posted 05 February 2013 - 06:59 AM

why not just make an app for the phones?

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Posted 05 February 2013 - 08:14 AM

It's something that has to poll every ~30-60 seconds, do you really want your phone pulling that much data?

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Posted 05 February 2013 - 03:22 PM

It's something that has to poll every ~30-60 seconds, do you really want your phone pulling that much data?

i understand, but facebook does the same? you get apps for facebook doing a very simillar thing. (and by the way i only use the data which is the same as my computer, so it will take the same amount.)

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Posted 05 February 2013 - 03:41 PM

Once the desktop version is done I can mess around with a version for Android. If people actually use it I'll maintain it but I make no real promises.

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Posted 05 February 2013 - 03:44 PM

Out of curiosity, what would you charge for a mobile app?
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Posted 05 February 2013 - 03:47 PM

I wouldn't. x: It's nothing that complicated and doesn't cost me anything more than a little bit of my time.