iPhone 5 Optimization Requirement

All applications as of the 1st of May must now support the iPhone 5 resolution.

iPhone 5 Optimization Requirement - Your binary is not optimized for iPhone 5. As of May 1, all new iPhone apps and app updates submitted must support the 4-inch display on iPhone 5. All apps must include a launch image of the appropriate size. Learn more about iPhone 5 support by reviewing the iOS Human Interface Guidelines.

There is a little trick to get your AIR application to use the new resolution, you need to include a new Default image, otherwise you're application will always appear in the iPhone 4's resolution.

This new image must have the following:

  • Named: Default-568h@2x.png
  • Resolution 640w x 1136h

And make sure you package it with your application.

Native Extensions // Using Native Extensions

This tutorial will cover adding a Native Extension for Adobe AIR to your application.
We are going to be focusing on the native extensions developed by distriqt, but this guide should apply to any native extension (ANE).

Native Extensions for Adobe AIR are code libraries that contain native code wrapped with an ActionScript API. Native extensions provide easy access to device-specific libraries and features that are not available in the built-in ActionScript classes.

Their usage is similar to a SWC package of precompiled Flash symbols.

In the following tutorial we’re going to go through the process of adding an ANE to your AIR application using some of the most common AIR development tools. We assume you already understand the process of developing and deploying mobile applications using AIR so will just be concentrating on the additional steps required to get an ANE working.

Read the full tutorial online
Tutorial // Using Native Extensions
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Native Extensions // Push Notifications Tutorial // Part 2

This tutorial is the second part of our tutorials covering setting up and running the Push Notifications Native Extension for Adobe AIR from distriqt.

The Push Notifications extension enables the push notification functionality in your mobile AIR application allowing you to send (or push) notifications and data to users of your application. The extensions API will have you up and running with remote notifications in minutes.

Importantly this extension allows you to write code once and have access to push notifications on multiple platforms allowing you to quickly integrate push notifications no matter what platform you are developing for!

In this tutorial we will run through the concepts involved in getting your application setup and running with push notifications including:

  • Including the extension in your application
  • Registering for notifications
  • Listening for notifications
  • Sending a test notification

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Native Extensions // Push Notifications Tutorial // Part 1

This tutorial will cover setting up and running the Push Notifications Native Extension for Adobe AIR from distriqt.

With the Push Notifications extension enables the push notification functionality in your mobile AIR application allowing you to send (or push) notifications and data to users of your application. The extensions API will have you up and running with remote notifications in minutes.

Importantly this extension allows you to write code once and have access to push notifications on multiple platforms allowing you to quickly integrate push notifications no matter what platform you are developing for!

In this first tutorial we will run through the concepts involved in getting your application setup and running with push notifications including:

  • Setup and registering certificates for APNS
  • Setup for GCM

Continue reading Native Extensions // Push Notifications Tutorial // Part 1

Roadtrip Forever

This project is a personalised online video experience developed in conjunction with RunPixelRun and SCA for the Victorian Transport Accident Commission (TAC).

Roadtrip Forever, is a personalised experience for you and your best friend where nothing is off limits. Take supplies, take friends and take the trip www.roadtripforever.com You won't regret it.

The application integrates with Facebook to pull information and images about the users friends to make the video experience highly personalised. The user will see photos and names of their friends throughout the video making the experience feel like it was actually the user "taking the road trip".
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Australian Emergency Management Knowledge Hub

Our latest project has been a big one, and took a year of development, finally being released to the public in late 2012. The site is a knowledge hub for Emergency Management and disaster resilience in Australia and is called the Australian Emergency Management Knowledge Hub.

Developed for the Australian Emergency Management Institute (AEMI) (part of the Attorney-General's Department) the project was a challenging but rewarding experience.

The Knowledge Hub provides research, resources and news relevant to emergency management and includes statistics and information, photos, video and media about past disaster events. For those working in the emergency management sector there is also a community forum space.

The project

There are several major components of the project. The most prominent is the front end website, which was developed using umbraco, a great IIS based CMS. This allows us to provide an amazing amount of flexibility in what we present to the visitors of the site, while still allowing an editor to easily update and edit the content on the site. A blog, and a forum were added to allow members to interact with the disaster resilience community.

The second important aspect of the site is a database of resources including disaster events, media and research documents. All these resources have been made easily editable through the umbraco backend and a completely searchable interface added to the front end. Importantly visitors can create a report of their searches summarising the resource information in the search, allowing researchers to filter the data and investigate the disasters, statistics and related resources.

Lastly we developed a highly interactive mapping application allowing users to visually explore and interact with the disaster events database. Similar to some of our previous projects, this application allows a user to scroll through time by use of a timeline component to visually change the data displayed on the map.

Details on the Bushfire disaster type in the Australian Emergency Management Knowledge Hub
Details on the Bushfire disaster type in the Australian Emergency Management Knowledge Hub

Some press articles from the community:

Thanks to:

Josh Djuric - Designer

See the work here: emknowledge.gov.au.

DisasterMapper wins the Knowledge Innovation Award (2012)

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DisasterMapper, an interactive resource for schools, has received the Australasian Fire and Emergency Services Authorities Council (AFAC)/Motorola Knowledge Innovation Award for 2012.
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HEARTweb Sync Application

Last year we developed an application for the University of Melbourne, Ultrasound Education Group, Heartweb. The application is a file browsing, support and synchronisation utility for students enrolled in the Ultrasound Education Group's courses.

The group had a large amount of course material that traditionally was distributed on media (such as DVDs) to the students. The material was all being protected via Livecycle PDF security policy but they requested a simpler method of distributing and updating the materials.
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