New web pages

Sunday 25.06.2017

These web pages have been updated with a brand new look. This time around I've tried to follow the Material Design guidelines. This has resulted in a fresh new look, ready for the future.

In addition to the new look, I've also updated all content, and disabled all features that do not work anymore. As an example, these pages used to have a lot of Java applets. As most modern browsers now have removed this plugin, thus making it impossible to view applets on a web page, these have been disabled, and will be available as screenshots only. I expect the same to also happen to all Flash content later in 2017, as browsers have been running a war against these lately.

There has also been a lot of work done on the content of these pages. Over the years I've gathered a lot of blog posts as well as projects. All these texts with its pictures have been updated to better fit with modern times. Most thumbnails has been redone so that they are twice as large, as modern times have higher screen resolutions. Unfortunately, I do not have larger images for some of the older projects. This is due to the fact that I sometimes downscaled those screenshots to better fit on a web page, and other times because their original resolution were that low. A resolution of 320x200 were quite common back in those days.

TV guide visualization

Friday 23.06.2017

The TV guide data also needs a visualization. This view shows what is broadcasted on all your channels in a quick overview. A play icon next to the program symbolizes that the program in question is available on a streaming service, and could therefore be seen immediately. It is also possible to add a reminder on one of the programs, so that you as a user would be notified before the program starts.

Parrot 3D model

Saturday 17.06.2017

Extended the tunnel visualization by converting the parrot into a proper 3D model using Blender. This resulted in the parrot looking a lot cleaner when rendered on top of the rest of the scene.

Importing TV guide data

Thursday 08.06.2017

Lately I've been working on importing TV guide into the ParrotPlay application. This has resulted in its own set of issues, where most have all been solved by now. One of the challenges has been to connect the guide data to our existing database.

This will allow us to link to a movie or series that we already have in our systems. If you see that a movie is listed as being viewed on a channel in a few days, but you want to see it now, you will be able to do this, as we link the guide to streamable content.