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Apple Developer Site Back Up

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Actually, its been up for a while now. And, after about 4 attempts, I was able to download the iPhone SDK!

There is allot here to digest. I’ve never programmed in Objective-C before. It is a bit overwhelming.

Note: I submitted a request for the $99 license key. Looks like I’ll have to wait for a response from Apple. Based on the load their site received from would-be iPhone developers, I might be waiting for awhile!

Well, well, well! The iPhone SDK is finally here!

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I kept refreshing this page on iLounge.com to get the latest updates on what was being said at the Town Hall meeting Apple was giving on the iPhone SDK. It sounds pretty good! To get it, you need to go to http://developer.apple.com/

The funny thing is, that after I read about this and went to that site, the web server was grinding to a halt. It seems as if every developer and their brother is trying to get in and download the thing!

Note that if you want to actually use any new spiffy app you write on your iPhone (or any other iPhone for that matter) you have to pay a $99 charge to Apple. This will get you a unique license id will be embedded in your apps. This way, if any apps cause problems, they know who to look for, and they can turn downloading off for that license. I think I’ll try the Apple developer site later after the dust settles!

Keep a Weather Eye Out for the iPhone SDK!

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What month and year is it? Duh! It’s February 2008 of course! And what be that you scurvy dogs? Arrrrr! It is the month when the new iPhone SDK is supposed to come out!

In the high seas of mobile development this is a much anticipated event. I’ve been Googling allot lately looking for news. I keep asking, “When?”

More buzz is stirring up on the net lately.

Consider this story: iPhone SDK Release Around the Corner. It’s getting close. American Technology Research analyst Shaw Wu wonders if it will increase sales of the iPhone. I think so. Killer apps are what sells hardware. An SDK will dramatically increase the chances of excited developers out there creating a killer app for the iPhone.

Unstrung is asking “Where is it?” I think Apple is smart here… Secrecy, waiting til the last possible moment. It is both annoying and clever at the same time. Everyone’s talking about it, guessing about it, their brains are reaching out for any scrap of information. Apple has our attention (us developers least-ways).

Could the much coveted SDK be coming out next Tuesday? Chris Finn of MacFormat thinks so. You can see his thought processes on TechRadar.com.

Whenever Apple decides to release that durned SDK won’t be too soon!

Tutorial Status

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Well, I spent several hours working on that tutorial I keep talking about. Time flew fast. I said I was 90% done didn’t I… I think I was wrong!

I did alot of work on the tutorial last night… we’re up to 14 steps. Don’t worry! I am doing one step per page and I’m breaking the process down into very small steps that are easy to digest. So, there are alot of pages. There are alot of screen shots. There are two completed videos that are embedded into the tutorial.

There is one video that has been mostly edited but needs some music I think added to it and some titles. This mostly finished video is pretty short and shows taking the AVI file created via the whole process shown and importing it into Windows Moviemaker.

As far as the actual pages of the tutorial (there are 15 so far … if you include the introduction) go, I am at the point of describing the settings that need to be made when the user is ready to save that AVI file.

Let me see… how many pages left… maybe?

  • One to show the overall save video dialog box and picking Microsoft AVI from the dropdown list. …And telling the user to click the options button…
  • One to show the user how to change the width and height settings to something Moviemaker can handle.
  • One showing how the tool being used converts the HD video clip into an AVI file.
  • One showing the closing up of the tools that were used for the conversion.
  • A page showing opening of Windows MovieMaker and adding the AVI file to a video “collection.”
  • A wrapup page that talks about:
    • The problem with the size of AVI files.
    • The problem with how Moviemaker plays files from the disk.
    • How converting the whole thing into a Windows Media File and editing from that does not work.
    • Why most of the tutorial video footage was editing in iMovie not MovieMaker.
    • Outtakes. —- chances are I will release the tutorial before this part is complete. This is for a little bit of fun.

 That is six new pages that I still have to make yet… whew! In addition I want to create the navigation link thing to add to each of these pages to make it easy to navigate around in this tutorial, so,….. I have some work to do still!

I’m revising the completion amount to 75%.  Hopefully this is more realistic. I plan on working on it tonight again.

Cheers!

Some Resolution with Kyte.tv

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Well I got home last night and tried using Kyte.tv. I had the same problems as before. But fortunately I let other people know and I got a solution to my problem:

  • In Safari, clear the cache.
  • Close Safari.
  • Shut down the computer.
  • Start up the computer.

Stuff started working again. Thanks again for all the help!

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