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All-In WM sneak peek

We have a way for you to get the biggest sneak peek of part of what to expect in All-In 3.0 for Windows Mobile. Just download the new All-In desktop version(2.9). It has a lot of the new layout and interface so you can see just how cool it is going to be. But we held out 3 big features and improvements and maybe more that will go into 3.0, obviously why its labeled version 2.9. And if you like it, maybe consider purchasing the desktop version as well(it will be a free desktop upgrade to 3.0 later this summer and they both will ship around the same time).

 

 

 

So Go Check it out.. Go All-In!

All-In 3.0!

 Truthfully, I’m not really sure why it has taken this long to really make All-In what I want it to be. The vision has always been to be the top Windows Mobile Poker game available. And on a lot of fronts it is, was, and always has been since its release in 2004. But Ive had a lot of ideas brewing for a long time to take it to the next level. And now seeing the WM Marketplace in sight, what a perfect time to start getting there.

As you can see we’ve been working on a new skin and some new technology(the advanced list view). It will be used extensively throughout the program and will eliminate an embarassingly large amount of the current code and make everything more streamlined and clean. And it also has the added bonus of allowing the addition of new features and choices extremely quickly. And the new skin brings a new logo and icons. Good bye to my friend Smiley (the red haired guy on the cards). Ive seen our main competition negotiate deals to get on new devices. Yes, they have some ins, but they also have a product that while not playing as good or as much poker, it has some stripped down and attractive versions and yet with no strong branding. I took a hard look at All-In and decided that its unique style needed an overhaul to look cooler (and sadly a little more generic) in order for it to get the same considerations. And now with the new framework, it will be easy to make stripped down versions if that is what is needed. Sometimes simpler is better. Though we wont be switching to a Limit is different than No-Limit version system anytime soon.

So what else is going into All-In 3.0. Well, I cant tell you everything. I can tell you that this ‘List View’ morphs nicely for use in things like the career screen, thus allowing us to clean that up and obviously add some things! And some other areas are getting touch-ups too. Oh, and what is that other HUGE feature we are adding… ?!?!

You’ll have to wait..

 

 

Back to Windows Mobile…

It was a fun ride. Well sorta… and we still have plans for 3 more projects on iPhone/iPod Touch, but its back to what got us here and all the great devices on the Windows Mobile side. We have been actively working on updates to 3 of our big WM products and have ideas for one or two more.

 The iPhone market, while over glamourized in the press, just isnt really as good as it looks. Especially in games. There is simply too many applications to get lost in, and a store that was put out with too many problems that are only being corrected now(and in some cases not until iPhone 3.0 or beyond), which is simply not enough now that that first problem exists. It is just a big mess. Not saying you can’t be successful and not saying I won’t come back, far from it, but I think you need to have to approach it differently than I have, and possibly have ways of promotion I simply don’t have or haven’t come up with.

 I missed it. If I would have had an application ready right away on the AppStore release I would likely be singing a different tune! Though that might have been All-In and then I would have been just as angry with Apple choosing to do like 1 game only and unfairly overpromoting there own wares, that being Texas Hold ‘Em.

  I am on the tail of end of initial promotion of Jezster, and well, I can’t get one of my best most pollished games ever (excluding All-In) to sell at all. It already got lost. Im in the process of releasing a Free version of the program (which was rejected once, though contained the same exact things that my other lite versions had) but after that I really dont know what else to do. Good graphics, fun gameplay, great reviews, paying for advertising. Its just not enough. So for now Im done trying to play the AppStore lottery and get back to my roots. 🙂

And hopefully get my New Treo Pro soon…

 

 

Poker Time…

Well, I have finally been able to pretty much finish a rather important update of All-In Hold ‘Em, arguably the best Texas Hold ‘Em game for Windows Mobile. The product was very well pollished and successful and so it hit a little stagnant development time while other applications were realized to their full potential. Well now we are getting back to what really got us here…Poker!!

 

Version 2.8 will fix a few small nagging things that have been around in the Smartphone and Pocket PC/WM Pro/WM Classic versions. But where it really gets the goods is VGA and 320×320 screen support. We hope you agree that on the newer devices coming out like the Diamond, Touch Pro, Treo 800, and Treo Pro the game looks great.

 We were finally able to get an update for our Graphics Library and so are now building on something that we are quite confident in. And we did quite a bit of work under the hood! Why…??? Because we have an AWESOME Version 3.0 Planned… and we won’t be waiting long on getting to this.. We actually wanted to get to this 2.8 mark and then forge ahead with some really cool things… Basically we want to lock up the title for best Poker game on the Platform(s).

 So watch for Version 2.8 of All-In coming very soon… It still has the Best Artificial Intelligence on a Mobile Device, the Best GamePlay, The Best Career Mode, and tons of Customizations… And now it has VGA graphics to go along with it!!!

 

Note: Late addition.. We have decided to throw in WQVGA 240×400 support as well!   With some of the new code now underneath, it is much easier(actually started it about an hour ago an am about done). So we’ll bring the Samsung Omnia some Love too…

Update: It is out now!

Busy Day…

I am hopefully going to attempt to 1. Release XA 3.3 and 2. start to move into my new office in Monona (Madison WI) today. There is something to be said for working in an office not in your house, productivity should climb very well and I may actually see people during the day… Im excited… And excited to get XA 3.3 out there. It is simply awesome and will be a great PIM for the new devices coming out, including the Treo 800w, the one handed usage matches up beautifully…

Phone Service Rant….

The plan was also to get the new Treo 800w today, but I did a bunch of calling yesterday and cant get out of the $400 early termination fees of Alltel even though their closest retail location to our new house is over an hour a way and Im using all other carrier’s towers down here… (Note to Alltel: Do you really think its a good idea to trap a longtime(~12 years+) customer into the end of their contract when they move out of a direct area, makes me guarantee I’m never coming back). And I tried calling Sprint to see if they’d help with covering the fees(I had heard they have done that) but did not have any luck(Note to Sprint: If you have a chance to get a new family plan customer with an everything Smartphone Plan purchasing 2 smartphones, doing a little something to help them jump ship is probably not a bad move). So anyway, now I also have to figure out how to get my Motorola Q off the Bootloader Screen of death or get a replacement somehow(yeah, Im probably out of warranty). And then in a couple months once Im within the home stretch, Ill drop my Alltel account down to the lowest it will go, and let it run out and come on over to Sprint(I guess or Verizon, if they have the 800w by then). Needless to say, I am a little irritated by the Mobile carriers. I wonder if I was the first one to be…?

 

 

The Year of Golf…

My silly New Years Resolution this year was that it was the “Year of Golf”. It was a fun little game I played so that I can hype up the fact that I want to play a little more golf and hopefully get back to the level I was right out of college. Don’t worry I’m not good…

It is kind of a built-in excuse to play more and to finally replace my irons that I bought right out of college(~12 years ago). They were nice clubs but at the time I dont think they pushed custom fitting clubs as much. Im a little on the taller side so have been playing with clubs that were over an inch too short for me for 12 years. It definitely made me bend my knees but…  Anyway, I already have the new Taylor Made Irons and had them lengthened, and if the driving range stays accurate I may have added 12-15 yards to my iron play. Nice.

We also moved to a location where some really nice courses are more accessible along with a good driving range really close. So Ive already taken advantage of the range quite a bit for my ‘Year of Golf’. Its a good quick stress reliever when my head is spinning with C++.  Oh, and I also took the oppertunity to update my wife’s clubs so she plays a few more times too…

And finally, my father-in-law, brother-in-law, and I are semi-competitive and besides fishing the other competition that we have fun with  on our ‘Up North’ trip is golfing. I was pretty dominant for a few years, but now they both have purchased clubs and taken up playing a little more, so… I better too…

But the point of this as it pertains to Mobile is that with this I have set aside a few weeks to update one of my popular applications, FairwayWatch – our golf scorecard application. I plan on using it more, but if Im going to do that I will need to have it compatible with Standard devices(I carry a Q). So what Im looking for is feedback on what would make this a must have for all you golfers out there?   Here are some things I am planning on or already have added…

  • Standard Support – I’m porting it to Win32 and WM5 and above only. Using it with the soft keys makes it infinitely more usable one handed, and obviously it has to be for Standard Devices. In doing so I also get to use our new editing and options list based dialogs.
  • Other Interface updates – we have ideas for a bunch of things to optimize the use so it is much easier to use on the course.
  • 320×320 Screen and better Treo support. Obviously some of the things above help with this too.
  • A Facelift – Color Themes and way bettter looking Buttons and better use of the screen space. Some themes will be light on dark for better contrast in sunlight.
  • More Statistic Tracking – We have an idea on some but would love to hear more ideas…
  • Internet course library from within the program
  • A desktop verison with score card printing and multiple round analysis which will also allow for easier course entry and basic synching. Because of the switch to Win32 we will have to use slightly new file formats so conversion utilities will probably end up in the Desktop version.

We are thinking it would be good to combine all rounds into one file for each course instead of separate files which would make analysis much nicer. Thoughts…??? Other ideas?  What would you like to see…

We want it to be your year of golf too…

 

 

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The Extreme Agenda Evolution…

In about 2003 after the success of my Student Planner “The Dog Ate It” I decided I have the development skills that I could easily compete with the “Big Boys” in the Personal Information Manager(PIM) world on Pocket PC(PI and AF). I had actually been around some of the development boards a couple years earlier when the first incarnations of these PIMs were just getting started with a Basic Week View much like what was found on the Grandaddy of all PDA PIMs, DateBK for Palm (Ive since met the Developer, a very intrigueing guy!). I don’t know why I didn’t see it then and just take over the market in its infancy!? It parallels why I sat on a nearly complete Extreme Agenda later on, both mysteries in ‘what was I thinking?’

 Anyway, they had both been around for a while, but I had some good base code and ideas and so finished up Ulti-Planner and in June of 2003 released it. Unfortunately I was the new guy in the already established “PIM Wars” and so having a couple years jump on me in development, advertising, and customer base well it was a tough little market to jump into. And so, while sales were “pretty good” I needed better to survive and so leaned on the dominant spot I had in the Pocket PC poker market, and went with 2 flagship products. Part of my problem I still believe was that somewhere in there I decided to be “the cheap alternative” with a low price and no upgrade costs. And while I had a lot of fans because I was also argueably ahead in ‘ease of use’ for the time the ‘cheap’ got me more sales, but maybe lost some credability as I now trully believe that people use price as more of a ‘quality’ marker than they even should. And as such, while I developed the heck out of Ulti-Planner in parallel to my other titles that first couple years, the revenue just wasnt coming that could afford me the ability to work more exclusively on it. I got it to where I felt I was very close to parallel to PI and AF in features(no small feat with them having a few year development head start). It even had VGA as I did splurge on an Dell x50v at the time and so added cool features like calendar text.

 And then Windows Mobile 5 came around, and while they had the budgets for devices and connections with Microsoft that you need Ulti-Planner didn’t get converted over as fast as possible. A lot of work was needed about that time as to be a good PIM you need to do a lot of cache-ing of data and direct access to the databases that Microsoft uses for Pocket Outlook( the development API just isnt fast enough). Well they changed that in WM5 which broke all of our Custom code. So during this time Ulti-Planner lost part of the market share it had captured. So the underdog slipped lower and lower. I eventually did get my x50v updated to WM5 for testing and with the emulators got there, but I was watching the other Developer blogs at the time and know they were ‘supposedly’ working on WM5 months before it ever saw the light of day… I didnt have WM5 support until May of 2006… Ouch…

I had some very good original ideas, some of which were even then used by everyone else, pretty cool! For some reason a lot of the PIM War forum discussions at the time degraded into ‘who copied who’. Essentially the truth of it all is that almost everything whether the developer also came up with it on their own or not, could be considered copied from DateBk and other earlier Calendars and Addressbooks on earlier PDAs. That being said, because I couldn’t work on it full-time for revenue reasons, a lot of the refining and even a lot of the big ideas weren’t fully explored in Ulti-Planner yet.

Somewhere in there, mostly for All-In development, I did purchase a MPX-220 WM Smartphone. It was a pretty cool and advanced flip phone for the time. And during and after the development of ‘All-In SP’ I also did a ton of work on converting the code of Ulti-Planner (which is based on MFC, a C++development library popular on the desktop and Pocket PC) over to the more generic Win32 (for some reason MFC is on PPCs but not Smartphones), and re-coded it so everything would draw on the smaller 176×220 screens and with no stylus. Luckily a lot of the back-end classes for data and database stuff was re-usable, but it was a lot of work. So way back in November of 2004 I actually had a non-touch Screen Calendar application working. I even posted a page on our site asking for Beta Testers in June of 2005 showing some early screenshots seen here…

 And then another great mystery happened. Why I waited so long. Now part of it was some other development that needed to be done and some was that I just had some development left on Ulti-Planner SP that needed to get done, but I did sit on the project for a while until the hints of great devices like the Q were coming… Why I didnt just release UP for SP before Papyrus(the only other real SP integrated task and calendar solution) ever came out was a mystery to me. But another top notch developer did  see the light around that time(I hope not by seeing my Beta Page??) and released a pretty good product in this gap(Papyrus). Developer One had some ok non-integrated offerings that were the only other real alternative, and I’m sure just an early experiment into the market. Why I didn’t just go for it then is beyond me…

But in June of 2006 I finally had Ulti-Planner for Smartphone finished, and obviously renamed, and Extreme Agenda was born.

This time I saw a much better return at a little nicer price-point and that’s all it took for me to dive whole-heartedly into doing what I had always wanted to do with it. I quickly integrated Tasks(it appears I only had it out a week without it) and then within a month had the Photo Contacts List in there. Features came fast and furious and I quickly out-distanced the features of my competition. Version 2.0 was out by November with a built-in “Secure Wallet” and so many other features that I was easily the market leader on Smartphone.

Also In November my main rival came out. Developer One released Agenda One. It really felt like Extreme Agenda in that it had been completely re-written to run well one handed(without a stylus), and show the data in a lot of the same ways as XA did. I actually liked a lot of what they did on that and they did do a few really cool new things that made things even simpler and more refined. And Mostly Pretty(it depends on a lot of fancy icons)!, But a lot of the success I attribute to the partnerships, advertising money, and fan base they already had with Agenda Fusion. They have a little better connections! 🙁  

They did do something that I wanted to in releasing it to TouchScreen devices very quickly afterwards. Which shocked a lot of the PPC world, as why would you intentionally compete with your own product… I now know the answer that John, the owner of DevOne, gives and its a thinker… He’s a good guy that I enjoy talking to and he definitely has a more business type mind than I can take credit for… And I will say that Agenda One has pushed me to Innovate even further even faster.

In 2007 I made strides to get XA to where I really wanted it to be as far as features I could foresee before moving it over to touchscreen and phasing out the Ulti-Planner Product. I worked all summer (and it was prolonged do to weird things like floods and stuff around our town) on getting version 3.0 out the door. It has some great things in it like our Spin Selection screen which is so popular it may be built into other products, and the integrated Project View, based off our product “Project-ing”.

And the end of the year(complicated by our family moving and…) it was finally time to build back in all of the touchscreen features, Square Screen Pro device handling, and add “Finger Friendly” things so that Extreme Agenda could be our one PIM moving forward. With Win32 and the new development behind it, it is Lighter, Faster, and more Refined.  At the same time as our Pro/Classic additions in the 3.1x releases we also went to a really cool List Based Editing scheme which not only looks good, but makes everything easier to manipulate on our end which will make new feature development that much faster… We just have 1 more update that will add a few more things in that Ulti-Planner had (Master Tasks, Journal, VGA, Drag -n- Drop) and we feel that we have actually pulled ahead(ok, for you skeptics or other PIM fan-boys) EVEN in the Windows Mobile Organizer Market. Yes there will always be a few features that we have that they dont and vice versa… And yes we will add features if that is what is important, we do it all the time… 🙂

 

Competition

Agenda Fusion is still a good product but is very stylus intensive and Im not sure of its true future as obviously Agenda One as stepped in by the same company. AO is a very neat application with a lot of things going for it, but they are not as free with innovation. Yes the product was neat and innovative, but the extended features you recieved and had to pay an upgrade free for in their Version 2.0 wouldnt have even been enough to make a .x upgrade in Extreme Agenda by itself. For example, we put in the [Contact Linking] feature, that was one of the big major features they advertised, in our free 3.1 upgrade and you might not have even noticed it mentioned.

And yes we noticed Pocket Informant just came out with version 8, and yes it does some good things and always has. But PI, as our advertising for Ulti-Planner used to point out, has always felt like it has outgrown its interface. There are just too many features in it that you will never use which makes the options, menus, and use just plain too confusing and a large learning curve.  And PI8 tried to address this but I (yes I’m biased) think it fell a little short, and had some very substantial growing pains that went along with it… And going from stylus to no stylus is much harder than the other way around. We’ve essentially done both with this product. 🙂  But, Ive always liked PI the best of the rest, and their development won’t rest so… Im glad we’re back to competing with them and they’ve gone away from marketing someone else’s product as PI for Smartphones…

And yes, Agendus has come over to join the party… But I think even a year later they haven’t quite got down Windows Mobile development, and so have released some rather peculiar and problematic versions of the product which is not what you want to do. Im sure they have picked up a lot of people making the move from Palm OS to WM with the “promise” of familiarity… But I really hope most of those people are trying the other offerings out there as well. Im sure they will be pleasantly surprised by the more refined and native WM 3rd Party PIMs…

As I hope you all do too… On Windows Mobile Try the Trial Versions of all the Great PIMs and then decide which you like best… Don’t just go by what you see first… You may be sorry… 

The Future of Extreme Agenda

Believe me I have pages and pages of ideas for Extreme Agenda.. I hope now Im on the right road to taking over the Windows Mobile PIM world, and that WM keeps growing and growing…!!! It appears that with the continued success on Standard Devices and early new success of the Pro/Classic Version we can. And some of the ideas are just plain Awesome… So if you haven’t already, come Join the Windows Mobile Organizer Revolution!!

And the design and thinking has now changed. Utli-Planner was designed with consistancy and ease of use in mind and that has carried over. But Extreme Agenda, it was like somewhere in there we were enlightened. So everything is based on Great Controls, Good Looks, Effortless Usability, the best default options… Its amazing going back and looking at the stylus heavy Ulti-Planner and thinking, wow why didn’t I just do this and this and this and it would have been so much more friendly… Well, XA is…

Thanks for reading this… And I hope you aren’t offended if I was too candid anywhere… It’s a blog and I’m an honest guy. That’s what happens…

Enjoy!

The Windows Mobile developer community little secret..

Ok, I dont want to scare anyone off by being so open that there is only one guy at Birdsoft and he is wearing many hats… Dont think your support or product quality will suffer from this… 

The truth is a lot of the companies, even ones that are percieved as ‘big’ in our rather small Windows Mobile software industry, are actually basically just one guy. Yes, a few of them have grown beyond that but less than you’d think. And some do lean on “volunteers” to do things like moderate forums and cover basic support questions( and believe me I love it when it happens with my users and my support), and some do do some code outsourcing which give them the perception of being ‘bigger’, but mainly its the one or maybe two guys.

 And if they are beyond 4 or 5 then usually they have other income coming in from “consulting” type things, which I have too(Birdsoft has done work for some big companies including Kodak and …). And I know a lot of well connected people including both of my brothers(which are both in Software Development) that I can go to if something comes up and so it hasnt been all me all the time…

And unfortunately in watching some of these companies, their support seems to suffer as the companies do grow…

Yeah, I know it not a real shocker. But I have this feeling that a lot of the companies try to use smoke and mirrors to make you think they are bigger than they are for some sort of trust factor. We aren’t, so you’ll get personal Service!!

Where we’ve been and where we are at…

Birdsoft is now located in the 4th bedroom of our house in Cottage Grove Wisconsin, just outside of Madison. We recently moved here from Stoddard Wisconsin which is right on the Mississippi and right in the middle of where all that rain fell and flooded this summer(Our house didnt get affected). Stoddard is only six miles south of the city of La Crosse Wisconsin. I started Birdsoft at a desk in our living room, and then for over a year had an office in La Crosse near the university. That building went to “non-profit” only so I eventually had to leave. I then remodelled an area of our basement in Stoddard into a pretty cool office. But my wife got a great new job down here, so here is where I am, and I haven’t had time to figure out what is out there for office space in Madison(have been too busy turning out XA and XT updates). So this is Birdsoft’s Corporate Headquarters… For now…

The main development computer for Birdsoft is now(and has been since about 2005 I believe) a Dell Inspiron 600m Laptop(pictured above). As such Birdsoft is actually very mobile, and so coding and technical support has been done from places like a cabin in Northern Wisconsin, my parents and in-laws living rooms, The Luxor in Las Vegas, Conferences in Miami, San Diego, and Santa Monica, and even various airports… Arent laptops great… And yes, I use my Motorola Q to answer support emails on the go if I have a chance… Mobile is rather cool…

I know, Im about due for a big powerhouse development CPU with dual monitors and the works… At least Ive had the cool big widescreen and dock for a couple years to ease the pain a bit… 🙂

 

Welcome to Birdsoft.

 Welcome to Birdsoft.

 Birdsoft is basically a one man Software House with a mobile and desktop software catalog that has grown to be quite popular in the Windows Mobile world.

 

Our History…

 It started out just a hobby as I was lead developer on a couple of pretty cool Windows Desktop applications. The first being a Flight Planning Software for pilots that was #2 in that market. It was and still is a trully awesome application. At that time, way back around the birth of Windows CE, we experimented with a Port to those devices which was my first exposure to the Handhelds(mainly emulator) in about 1997-98. We never ended up doing anything concrete with it and I eventually left there to pursue other things.

My next job I started working for a GIS mapping company and quickly moved up to take the lead. At this company our management was very poor, so with no direction from above I wrote most of what would become their next generation product and still having so much spare time to fill then noticed that with their well compressed map and data system, it would be perfect for Utility type companies to access the data and maps in the field from the cheaper Pocket PC platform. It was a way cool Application on the Pocket PC but I somehow didn’t get as much credit as I deserved for it(I wrote 90% of it, and THEN my boss took credit for and got permission to write an already written product from the higher-ups) Oh well… Still a very cool application and lead me here…

   Around that time I experimented on my own time with writing some other small games and applications and sold them using Handango and Pocketgear, one being a Poker game.  So when I left the company in 2003 it was right about the “Moneymaker” time in the poker world and so I took it as a perfect oppertunity to write a more advanced Texas Hold ‘Em specific game. I already had the best poker game in the market, but I knew that people wanted more from the graphics and more from the AI, as did I.. So I spent 6 months studying the game, rewriting my poker engine, and making new graphics(I had the least experience in this but have grown a lot since the orginal All-In). And a hit was born. Since then I have written a few other applications that have taken off including Ulti-Planner, PokerTimer, Extreme Agenda, and now Extreme Text. And I evolved some of my earlier applications into great vertical market seasonal hits, including FairwayWatch Golf Scorecard and The Dog Ate It student planner.  Its so much fun that though I know Im sacrificing in some ways, the freedom is great and Im striving to perfect my products so that I get another hit or two and can expand the company into what I really see it being… If I had even two more developers and some help covering support and marketing… WOW!! It will come…

Oh and why the name “Birdsoft”? Well my nickname throughout high school, college, and to this day was/is “Bird” or “Birdman” or any other of several variations, so one night having a drink with some guys I said something about having my own software company some day… And a buddy said something to the effect of coming to work for “Birdsoft”… So I kept it… And he doesnt work here yet… I dont really have a need for a Civil Engineer quite yet…

So what will be in the blog

Im not sure.. Im a techie and I have a feeling a very few of you wonder, what goes on in the 1-man shops? There used to be a lot of us in this market, sadly a lot didnt make it…  Anyway, I might try to change it up and run ideas out there, or blog on exactly what Im doing coding wise or other business wise, decision wise, or even gadgets or whatever… Ive come across a few things lately that I might share… We’ll see…

Thanks for reading..

 

Brian