One of the limitations of an iPhone or iPad, is that you can’t directly connect a printer to it, and often, trying to connect to a wifi printer does not work, or is far too complicated. This simple new system that we’ve developed called “Print from iPad” see http://www.printfromipad.com allows you to print from your iPad by simply forwarding an email to your account at @printfromipad.com
Print any document or image directly from your iPad. Works with any printer, WiFi or USB. Follow this 3-step simple setup:
Create an account with us to set up your free 10Mb online print queue.
Download our Print From iPad printer spooler for Windows PC.
Print anything from your iPad by emailing it to you@PrintFromIPad.com
Samsung’s new Smartwatch “GEAR”, is a nifty little device that pairs via Bluetooth to your Samsung phone to send you notifications of emails, phone calls, text messages etc, you can use it to control music on your phone, and read past messages.
One thing the watch does not have is an input device, which means you cannot type into the watch. The screen is too small to support a keyboard, or you’d need to downsize your fingers! So, this app allows for a more natural form of input on a small screen, a whiteboard. You can use this whiteboard to scribble notes, using your finger, and save them for later. You’ve got a choice of colours, and the ability to rub out what you’ve done.
The app is quite popular in the Samsung GEAR app store, at #11 in the paid apps category, and #13 overall. It is a stand-alone app, and does not require an Internet connection, or Bluetooth connection to the host phone.
Company Check is an app that allows users to check the financial health of any UK or Irish company. This is designed for situations where you are unsure about a client’s or suppliers ability to pay debts or offer a credit line.
The app is based on the Ionic Framework which is based on AngularJS, running over PhoneGap (Cordova). It uses Parse.com as an in-cloud caching system for scalability.
Yesterday, our first Ubuntu Phone app was approved for release. It’s a free app named “Petrucci Sheet Music”, which allows users search for classical sheet music, and display it on their Ubuntu device.
Ubuntu phones aren’t yet available for public release, but you can run the Ubuntu OS on a Google Nexus tablet.
The app is developed as a HTML5 app, and deployed as a click package. Thanks to Emīla piezīmes, David Planella, Vladimir Viro and Digital Derry for making this possible.
Nokia and the RNIB (The Royal Institute for Blind People) ran in partnership to launch the “Do Good Mission“, to challenge developers to create apps that made a difference to the lives of people with low vision.
Open Merchant Account Ltd entered this challenge with it’s app “Audible Browser”, an App for windows phone that allows partially sighted or dyslexic users navigate the internet from their Windows Phone where selected text would be read out-loud by the app, using text-t0-speech (“TTS”). This technology empowers those with low vision navigate web pages, directly from their Windows Phone device. This app is also available for Windows 8 desktop PCs also, and both apps are available free of charge for download.
Open Merchant Account was selected as a runner up in this competition, and have been awarded a design consultation by Nokia engineers to assist in future app development.
As a company, Open Merchant Account Ltd are happy to support the blind community, and this “Do Good Mission”, has enabled the company, albeit in a small way, to make their lives a little easier.
HttpsImage.com is a free service we’ve just launched to allow users upload images for free and have them served via a secure SSL connection. This is designed for users wanting to include branding on secure payment pages, such as paypal, without having a SSL security certificate themselves.
Our website is now available over a secure https connection “https://www.openmerchantaccount.com“, and as part of this process I’ve put online this tool that we’ve used internally to host our images via SSL, and made it a free public resource.
It’s a very simple website, and hopefully we can improve it over time, depending on how well used it is.
As an English-speaking developer, you often forget that most of the rest of the world does not speak English. There is a huge untapped source of users and customers that can be accessed by simply providing your app in the language your customer speaks.
Opposite is a graph of an app before and after localisation (“2″ represents release 2.0). I used Microsoft’s Multilingual App Toolkit, using automatic Bing translations to localize a Windows 8 WinJS app into 20-odd languages.
The process was fairly automatic, although it took some time to take screenshots, and the submission process was quite repetitive. You do have to turn your brain off as you upload 5 screenshots for Albanian, Azerbaijani, Bulgarian …. etc!
The whole process took about 2 hours to do, but resulted in huge increases in downloads, as you can see. Now all I can hope is that this translates into sales!