July 2006 - Posts

  • v0.0.0.32 Released

    This is another one of those releases where I have to start of by saying "I don't even know where to start". ;-)

    • Completely rebuilt the gathering of information process to handle adding even more sources of information as time progresses.
    • Reduced some of the "error" dialogs from being displayed.
    • Improved the sign in process.
    • Improved the initial opening of the application and network connectivity issues.
    • Updated the downloadable install to be this version.
    • Added "gamercard" pictures to the gamercards.
    • Fixed issues with the HTTP external notifications.
    • Corrected an issue with the settings screen causing an error when you pressed ok regarding the messenger address being empty.
    • "Stacking" of notifications added; allow for when errors occur they items will be placed in a queue and an automatic retry process will kick in.
    • Modified your gamercard to be updated every 10 minutes.
    • And much, much more...


    Posted Jul 27 2006, 05:29 PM by DualBrain with no comments
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  • Network Outage!

    It appears that the web host provider had some serious network problems last night and they've finally been resolved.  During this outage, I found a bug in XBF that was causing it to exit (without any indication) whenever it did a version upgrade check due to not being able to contact the server.  This, of course, has been corrected and will be included in the next release so this sort of outage will not hinder the usage of XBF for the Desktop.
  • v0.0.0.30 Released

    XBF has some spiffy new features headed your way.  You know, why just stop at notifying you via the application of events happening with your friends list?  How about selecting a list of gamertags that you'd like to be emailed when they are online?  What about possibly sharing some of your friends list (again, selecting the who's who list you'd like to participate) with one of your fan (or clan) websites?  Not enough you say... Well how about blogging said changes to your favorite blog site (requires MetaWebLog API support).

    OK, I can feel what your thinking.  "I don't have any desire to do any of these things, sure, they sound cool, but how do these features help me?"  Well, not only have I corrected a bug that was causing the Xbox Live messaging feature to not work properly, this feature has been enhanced so you can now forward any pending messages to an email of your choosing.  So now you can receive a message from somone ON XBOX LIVE to your portable device (cell phone, blackberry or any other device that you can communicate via email).

    I've made a few other minor bug fixes and tweaks, so continue letting me know what you like, don't like, would like... you know the drill... the forums await!


    Posted Jul 13 2006, 12:11 AM by DualBrain with no comments
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  • v0.0.0.29 Released

    Wow, I don't even know where to start for new features made available in this release...

    Performance... Performance... Performance!!!

    I'm working hard to remove any sort of "hickup" feeling where the application seems to "lock-up" momentarily while it's doing some process.  I've also corrected a couple of potential performance issues; especially regarding slower or congested connections.

    Visuals... Visuals... Visuals!!!

    I suppose I could start with what you will notice from the very beginning.  The login screen is now "complete".  You can now utilize the various checkboxes on the screen to have the application remember your email, password and automatically sign in upon launch.  The drop down now works and you can enter multiple accounts (if you are one of the insane individuals like myself who have more than one Xbox Live account).  The login screen has also gotten a little face-lift.  I'm still playing with this, so if you have suggestions, please feel free to speak your mind in the forums.  Also, the version number is now shown in the bottom right hand portion of the login screen.

    So what's next on the list?  Well, how about modifying the colors of just about every element on the screen to suite your fancy?  Don't have time to shift through every color looking for something that fits you?  Well, I've included a few "themes" and BManTYA has worked up a couple for you as well (included).

    To access this option, just go to the Tools/Options screen and select the Theme tab.  Speaking of Tools/Options... you can now utilize the registration tab and shared information tab as well.  (I still have a lot of work to do on the "games" tab, so ignore that one for now.)  I've also enabled two options on the advanced tab.  Warning, these still need thorough testing. ;-)  (To access the menu... use the ALT key... I'm still working on this feature, so bear with me.)

    This one is a minor feature, but several people have mentioned that they would like a certain feature only to discover that it was already included.  Essentially, the mouse cursor wasn't presenting you with the fact that you could click on the gamertags and messages (email, upgrade) to activate the option.  I've modified the cursor to refect that it's clickable (similar to a web-page).

    Along with the features I've mentioned, I've also taken some time to clean up some of the drawing of the gamercards, fixed a bug that would reset the window to center screen on upgrades (will take effect after this version) and a few other behind the scenes fixes here and there.

    As usual, please remember this is a beta version, so if you encounter any issues... help out your fellow users by reporting the issues in the forums.

    Posted Jul 06 2006, 09:56 PM by DualBrain with no comments
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